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So just realized I get a lot of search ads when using Google. 

Searched with malwarebytes but did not find anything so I tried with AdwCleaner and there I found some.. pup.optional.banggood and pup.optional.softonic

Tried to remove them using AdwCleaner but they seem to come back as the ads are still there. Please help.

FRST.txt Addition.txt AdwCleaner[C01].txt

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Hello @Ceder and :welcome:


Your System Restore is disabled. Please enable it and create a new System Restore Point

ATTENTION: System Restore is disabled (Total:96.31 GB) (Free:23.28 GB) (24%)

Please uninstall JAVA it is an old compromised version. Control Panel, Programs, Add / Remove



Please download the attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop.
NOTE. It's important that both files, FRST or FRST64 and fixlist.txt are in the same location or the fix will not work.

NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user, for use on this particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to your operating system.

Run FRST or FRST64 and press the Fix button just once and wait.
If the tool needs a restart please make sure you let the system restart normally and let the tool complete its run after restart.
The tool will make a log on the Desktop (Fixlog.txt). Please attach or post it to your next reply.

Note: If the tool warned you about an outdated version please download and run the updated version.




Please follow the directions in the following topic to clean up Google Chrome




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Hmm, as before neither Adw or Malwarebytes seems to find anything but it is still there after all the steps.

Here is the log from the fixlist thing.


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Yes. I am using ublock, tried the browser guard now as well but still the same. Feels like it´s time to reinstall windows as nothing seems to help..

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This is what I saw. Might be that the browser guard acctually caught it as I didn´t get it back now until I removed browser guard..



google search.png

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Yes, Ads are not illegal or in and of themselves always a threat, thus using a tool specifically designed to stop or slow them down is recommended.

Malwarebytes Browser Guard works pretty well but if that's still not good enough then uBlock Origin would help for some that we don't block as well.


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Thanks for all your help.


Gonna run both of them now and see if that gets rid of all the ads, seems to be working for now..

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Great, sounds good. I'll go ahead and leave you with some information to better help protect your privacy and data. If I don't hear anything back in a day or two I'll go ahead and close your topic as resolved.

Take care and have a great week @Ceder


If you're not backing up your data and you're still using Google Chrome then you're just not serious about Privacy, Safety, and protecting your data. Malwarebytes is a fantastic program but you still need to back up your data and you still need to block scripts and Ads in your browser. 
If you're still using Google Chrome I would highly suggest you consider using Firefox instead. For more advanced users you might consider installing NoScript as well (it does have a higher learning curve though)

PrivacyTools - Encryption, and tools to protect against global mass surveillance - https://www.privacytools.io

Help Secure your browsers
You may be interested in using our new Malwarebytes Browser Guard to help protect your browser from items that uBlock or others don't target.

Please install uBlock Origin for your browsers to better protect your system.

FireFox, ChromeOpera , SafariMicrosoft Edge
AdBlock Plus for Internet Explorer

How to use uBlock Origin to protect your online privacy and security | uBlock Origin tutorial 2018
This video tutorial above explains how to use uBlock Origin in advanced user mode and all the advanced settings to protect your online privacy and help prevent unwanted sites from changing your browser settings

Delete Cookies Automatically

Cookie AutoDelete plugin
Chrome  | Firefox 

Browser push notifications: a feature asking to be abused
HTTPS Everywhere
NOTHING TO HIDE documentary

Review your email and Office choices

Quit Gmail for free encrypted email - Tutanota
Why ProtonMail Is More Secure Than Gmail
LibreOffice - Free and open source office suite

Use Password Management software

KeePass Password Safe

Make sure you use a strong master password
Then set the key transformation settings (the link below helps provide information on how to choose good settings)
KeePass Password Manager: Full Detailed Setup (good YouTube video on setup and using Keepass but choose the Argon2 method for Key transformation)

Encrypted Instant Messenger and Voice Calls

Please review the following site for a breakdown of features of different Messenger applications.

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