Alleged Malware on a DSL Modem/Router Install CD

By captaincranky
Jul 11, 2011
  1. My "trusty" Westell 6100 DSL modem crapped out, so set off to "Microcenter" for a replacement.

    I found a "Zoom", (Model 5990) ,combo DSL modem/ router, going for a closeout song, ( <28 bucks)!

    Anyhoo, I started the install CD, when partway through the process, Spybot SD 1.6 started squawking about a malware process it was blocking. Spybot claims that "Maxadult" was trying to run. I checked this out and found that "Maxadult" is a dialer rprogram, that allegedly connects to an Italian porn site. :confused:

    I told Spybot to continue its block, and completed the installation process.

    The modem seems to function perfectly. I scanned the machine with Spybot and Malware Bytes, both programs reported no problems.

    Does anybody have any thoughts on this? A false positive maybe? Still...:confused:

    The reason I posted this is because, I may need to install the modem drivers on other machines, that don't have Spybot installed.

    I have an outboard ethernet switch the would bring my network back to where it was, but this new modem is also wireless. So theoretically, I could hook up my laptop and use it untethered. (Tosh Satellite, I think it has wireless built in).
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Good morning Capt.! I'll bet this is the last forum you want to visit on the entire board! You allude to malware but 'm not sure of your question:

    If you would like us to check the system for malware, please follow the steps in the Preliminary Virus and Malware Removal thread HERE.

    NOTE: If you already have any of the scanning programs on the computer, please remove them and download the versions in these links.

    When you have finished, leave the logs for review in your next reply .
    NOTE: Logs must be pasted in the replies. Attached logs will not be reviewed.
    BTW, I've been known to get cranky too, so best you read the following:
    My Guidelines: please read and follow:
    • Be patient. Malware cleaning takes time and I am also working with other members while I am helping you.
    • Read my instructions carefully. If you don't understand or have a problem, ask me.
    • If you have questions, or if a program doesn't work, stop and tell me about it. Don't try to get around it yourself.
    • Follow the order of the tasks I give you. Order is crucial in cleaning process.
    • File sharing programs should be uninstalled or disabled during the cleaning process..
    • Observe these:
      [o] Don't use any other cleaning programs or scans while I'm helping you.
      [o] Don't use a Registry cleaner or make any changes in the Registry.
      [o] Don't download and install new programs- except those I give you.
    • Please let me know if there is any change in the system.
    If I have not replied for 2 days, you can send me a PM reminder. Include the URL of your thread. Please do not send me a PM to tell me your logs are up.
    If I don't get a reply from you in 5 days, the thread will be closed. If your problem persist, you can send a PM to reopen it.
    Log when ready please- we'll try to rule malware either in or out.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    Well Bobbye, I don't think I have a malware issue. I was just trying to get an experts opinion on the Spybot warning of "Maxadult" malware I received, while working from a manufacturer supplied installation disc.

    As I said, I blocked the process, and the modem installed without it.

    So, my question boils down to, "do you think this was a false positive error involving a similar signature, or they're shipping this garbage moden with built in porn"?
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Well, we can play around with Post hoc ergo propter hoc

    You are not the only Spybot user to get such a warning. Disable Tea Timer and run the program again. I think it will turn out to be a FP.
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