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Tradeadexchange - Possible infection or false alarm?

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I run a PC with 2 operating systems (dual boot), one is Windows 7, which is my main OS I use for pretty much anything, and the other is Windows 8.1 I use for misc. stuff (and for those Windows Store games :P)

Today I re-installed Windows 8.1 (I used to have Windows 10 instead of 8.1, but that's not important), and got nothing but Google Chrome, Discord, Malwarebytes (free with premium 14-day trial) and my graphics card's drivers on it. I went to the Chrome App Store and installed AdBlock, AdBlock Plus and Popup Blocker Pro. Now I keep getting messages from Malwarebytes that sites named "tradeadexchange.com" and "popcash.com" were blocked on Google Chrome. However, no site or even a popup, not even an ad ever opens at all, which makes it seem odd to me. Another odd thing is that I have everything I have on the Windows 8.1 partition on the windows 7 partition (and a ton of more things) too, and yet there are none of those notifications. I have tried a full scan, a full scan in Safe Mode, and have used Adwcleaner - nothing was found.

Is it a weird false alarm or truly a very stealthy adware infection?

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My belief that it is a false alarm seems to slowly be proving that it's true - I tried the Malwarebytes premium trial on my Windows 7 Partition and it keeps coming up with that same thing, but still nothing opens - Before I activated the malwarebytes premium trial, nothing ever opened, neither does it when the trial is activated.

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  • 1 month later...

Hi Grei :)

My name is Aura and I'll be assisting you with your malware issue. Since we'll be working together, you can call me Aura or Yoan, which is my real name, it's up to you! Now that we've broke the ice, I'll just ask you a few things during the time we'll be working together to clean your system and get it back to an operational state.

  • As you'll notice, the logs we are asking for here are quite lenghty, so it's normal for me to not reply exactly after you post them. This is because I need some time to analyse them and then act accordingly. However, I'll always reply within 24 hours, 48 hours at most if something unexpected happens
  • As long as I'm assisting you on Malwarebytes Forums, in this thread, I'll ask you to not seek assistance anywhere else for any issue related to the system we are working on. If you have an issue, question, etc. about your computer, please ask it in this thread and I'll assist you
  • The same principle applies to any modifications you make to your system, I would like you to ask me before you do any manipulations that aren't in the instructions I posted. This is to ensure that we are operating in sync and I know exactly what's happening on your system
  • If you aren't sure about an instruction I'm giving you, ask me about it. This is to ensure that the clean-up process goes without any issue. I'll answer you and even give you more precise instructions/explanations if you need. There's no shame in asking questions here, better be safe than sorry!
  • If you don't reply to your thread within 3 days, I'll bump this thread to let you know that I'm waiting for you. If you don't reply after 5 days, it'll be closed. If you return after that period, you can send me a PM to get it unlocked and we'll continue where we left off;
  • Since malware can work quickly, we want to get rid of them as fast as we can, before they make unknown changes to the system. This being said, I would appreciate if you could reply to this thread within 24 hours of me posting. This way, we'll have a good clean-up rhythm and the chances of complications will be reduced
  • I'm against any form of pirated, illegal and counterfeit software and material. So if you have any installed on your system, I'll ask you to uninstall them right now. You don't have to tell me if you indeed had some or not, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Plus, this would be against Malwarebytes Forums's rules
  • In the end, you are the one asking for assistance here. So if you wish to go a different way during the clean-up, like format and reinstall Windows, you are free to do so. I would appreciate you to let me know about it first, and if you need, I can also assist you in the process
  • I would appreciate if you were to stay with me until the end, which means, until I declare your system clean. Just because your system isn't behaving weirdly anymore, or is running better than before, it doesn't mean that the infection is completely gone
    This being said, I have a full time job so sometimes it'll take longer for me to reply to you. Don't worry, you'll be my first priority as soon as I get home and have time to look at your thread

This being said, it's time to clean-up some malware, so let's get started, shall we? :)

Do you still need assistance with your issue?

Since this thread has been up and without any replies for a while, I'll be closing it in 72 hours if you don't reply before that. If you notice my message after this thread gets closed, feel free to send me a PM to get it opened again.

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