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Hello there !

 

After visiting a few suspicious sites, while being on the hunt for a Sony Ericsson firmware file I ended up getting a nasty surprise.

First thing is that when I search for something in google, i sometimes (can't get the logic of when it actually happens) get a secondary search bar above the google one which is used as default, even if i try to type in the original google bar i get redirected to the secondary one. Even if I decide to use that one it redirects me to a yahoo search. I can get rid of it (temporary) by hitting the X button. But it comes back soon after.

 

The second issue is that from time to time, after a moderate interval of probably 10-20 mins, I get an ad pop-up triggered by a mouse click anywhere on the chrome page. ANYWHERE. Another thing i noticed is that the on-click ad somehow sets up a full-screen layer that has a HREF tag to an ad site. Meaning if i open it in chrome HTML explorer I see it as an element of the page, taking the entire visible space, making it impossible to not click it, unless u manually remove it from the DOM of the preloaded page.

 

I have tried 2 things , well more actually

 

- Kaspersky default antivirus I am using found nothing

- Malwarebytes found a file that was an adware, I removed it and restarted but the problem persists. After the second scan malware-bytes did no find anything wrong with my system.

- Some Bitdefender tool for dealing with adware, also found nothing wrong with my system.

- Tried removing any extensions from chrome that were unknown or weird (all I found were my extensions which I have been using for a long time), tried factory reset on chrome, tried re-installing chrome. Nothing seems to work.  It seems to be bound to chrome since I dont have this problem in Edge (I dont have Firefox to try it there)

So I  come to you. I can give you detailed information as to what IP address I get redirected and respectively connected to when I use the secondary search bar, the thing runs in SYSTEM (PID 4) and in Chrome.exe (PID random) but not as a separate process on its own.

 

From here on I am opened for suggestions. Thank you in advance and I wish both of sides good luck.

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Hello @Denabyte and :welcome:



Please read the following and post back the logs when ready and we'll see about getting you cleaned up.

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STEP 01
RKill is a program that was developed at BleepingComputer.com that attempts to terminate known malware processes so that your normal security software can then run and clean your computer of infections.
When RKill runs, it will kill malware processes and then removes incorrect executable associations and fixes policies
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terminated while the program was running.

As RKill only terminates a program's running process and does not delete any files, after running it, you should not reboot
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Instead, after running RKill, you should immediately scan your computer using the requested scans I've included.

Please download Rkill by Grinler from one of the links below and save it to your desktop.

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STEP 02

 

Please run a Threat Scan with MBAM. If you're unable to run or complete the scan as shown below, please see the following:
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When reinstalling the program, please try the latest version.

Right click and choose "Run as administrator" to open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and from the Dashboard please Check for Updates by clicking the Update Now... link
Open up Malwarebytes > Settings > Detection and Protection > Enable Scan for rootkit and Under Non Malware Protection set both PUP and PUM to Treat detections as malware.
Click on the SCAN button and run a Threat Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking the Scan Now>> button.
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Hello there.

 

Honestly, I just reinstalled Win 10. I didnt have the nerve and time to spend on fighting this thing, when all else failed i just eradicated everything.

Thanks for the tips tho , if such a thing happends again I will be sure to follow up on those and try to fight it to a victorious end !

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