I tried all of your steps, although in all my searching and asking for help I never heard of Farbar. NONE of your suggestions worked. My request from Malwarebytes was ignored. I have struggled with this for days and, exhausted, I finally got all the help I needed from another company, which was immediately available and cleared the problem for free. On the phone. And quickly. I had Malwarebytes for years in the past. They were always effective an helpful. This was awful. I am uninstalling it (I paid $60.00 for it) and getting a program that is free, works, and actually has Support. I've asked for a refund, but hardly expect to get one. But thanks anyway for your suggestions. I wish they had worked.
I have been hit with an adware that pops up saying, "YOUR MCAFEE ANTIVIRUS HAS EXPIRED!" It covers almost one third of my desktop. I have never had McAfee. I paid $59.99 to get rid of this adware. I ran Malwarebytes Premium over and over and it did not help. Searching on line, I found the Malwarebytes AdwCleaner ("Malwarebytes AdwCleaner employs innovative technology engineered solely to detect and remove these unwanted hitchhikers. It’s the cleaner of choice for home users and technicians.") It did remove this adware -- but it keeps coming back, over and over. Has anyone else encountered this and found a solution? I did see a post someone made four years ago about this, so it appears this one has existed for a while. They received no replies on it, however.