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Hello! Just want to say that I am a big fan of MalwareAntiBytes. It is incredibly effective at protecting my computer, however there an issue has occurred that it cannot fix.

Approximately an hour ago, I launched chrome. However instead of just the normal blank tab, a pop-up of MalwareBytes blocking an outbound website occurred, and has occurred every time I open a new tab, every time a new webpage is loaded, and when chrome hasn't even connected to the internet yet.

the name of the domain is "buywork.men" 104.18.36/37.14    (the numbers in bold alternate in the IP among the numerous pop-ups)

After trying multiple Threat,Custom, and Hyper scans, including custom file location scans and scanning with Windows Defender offline mode, nothing has changed.
MalwareBytes is blocking the website every time in a pop-up, except it cannot find the source of the problem on my computer, let alone quarantine and subsequently kill it.

What makes this more concerning for me, is the fact that less than an hour prior of the incident, I was working on my FSA and other student loan websites. This means that I was entering very sensitive and personal information, such as my SSN.

Occasionally, not every time, i would somehow be redirected to the link 


 which is also concerning and confusing.

I would very much appreciate any help in resolving this issue.

Thank you for your time.

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9 minutes ago, Mars1 said:

I have been having the same problem too, starting just a few hours ago. 

I also noticed a lot of adult ads appearing in google search, down the right side. 

As mentioned above, I disabled Hotspot Shield Chrome Extension and deleted it, and the problem seems to be resolved. 


Really? Because that is the VPN extension that i have installed.

3 minutes ago, MrDavo said:

Thanks So much!

I was just using TOUCH VPN and it just hit me too. Ive removed Touch VPN and all is well. 

Looks like we should get the word out, might be a vulnerability is all the browser VPN extentions

Looks like you're on to something here, i believe it now that my VPN extension was mentioned (HotSpot)

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Hello @Dannyboy45

Please open Malwarebytes and check for updates. Then run a Threat Scan and post back that log.

Then run the following.


Please restart the computer first and then run the following steps and post back the logs when ready.

Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.

  • Shutdown your antivirus to avoid any conflicts.
  • Right click over JRT.exe and select Run as administrator on Windows Vista or Windows 7, double-click on XP.
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next reply message
  • When completed make sure to re-enable your antivirus




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Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save the file to your Desktop.

  • Right-click on adwcleaner_new.png icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.
  • Accept the Terms of use.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan.
  • When finished, please click Clean.
  • Your PC should reboot now.
  • After reboot, logfile will be opened. Copy its content into your next reply.

Note: Reports will be saved in your system partition, usually at C:\Adwcleaner

Download Sophos Free Virus Removal Tool and save it to your desktop.

  • Double click the icon and select Run
  • Click Next
  • Select I accept the terms in this license agreement, then click Next twice
  • Click Install
  • Click Finish to launch the program
  • Once the virus database has been updated click Start Scanning
  • If any threats are found click Details, then View Log file (bottom left-hand corner)
  • Copy and paste the results in your reply
  • Close the Notepad document, close the Threat Details screen, then click Start cleanup
  • Click Exit to close the program
  • If no threats were found, please confirm that result.

Please download the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens, click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press the Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log (Addition.txt). If you've, run the tool before you need to place a check mark here.
  • Please attach the Additions.txt log to your reply as well.




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