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So, about a month ago or so, it seemed like something was off in Chrome web browser. I added a extension called Noscript, and kept seeing dakotaram.com on each website I'd go to. So I blocked it in Noscript. Everything seemed ok, but then the other day, everytime I'd do a search in Google with Google search, it would switch to Bing. I went into settings on Chrome, and deleted Bing, and it still happened. Then I downloaded Malwarebytes and it works again, but still get a notice that dakotaram.com is a trojan . I can't seem to get rid of it. 


-Log Details-
Protection Event Date: 10/9/20
Protection Event Time: 2:11 PM
Log File: 2ffcb60e-0a63-11eb-8142-ecf4bb7b03c2.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1061
Update Package Version: 1.0.31058
License: Trial

-System Information-
OS: Windows 10 (Build 19041.508)
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: System

-Blocked Website Details-
Malicious Website: 1
, C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe, Blocked, -1, -1, 0.0.0, , 

-Website Data-
Category: Trojan
Domain: dakotaram.com
IP Address:
Port: 443
Type: Outbound
File: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe


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Hello Silly_Sully and welcome to Malwarebytes,

Continue with the following:

If you do not have Malwarebytes installed do the following:

Download Malwarebytes version 4 from the following link:


Double click on the installer and follow the prompts.

When the install completes or Malwarebytes is already installed do the following:

Open Malwarebytes, select > "settings" > "protection tab"

Scroll down to "Scan Options" ensure Scan for Rootkits and Scan within Archives are both on....

Go back to "DashBoard" select the Blue "Scan Now" tab......

When the scan completes quarantine any found entries...

To get the log from Malwarebytes do the following:
  • Click on the Detection History tab > from main interface.
  • Then click on "History" that will open to a historical list
  • Double click on the Scan log which shows the Date and time of the scan just performed.
  • Click Export > From export you have two options:
    Copy to Clipboard - if seleted right click to your reply and select "Paste" log will be pasted to your reply
    Text file (*.txt) - if selected you will have to name the file and save to a place of choice, recommend "Desktop" then attach to reply

  • Please use "Copy to Clipboard, then Right click to your reply > select "Paste" that will copy the log to your reply…


Download AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes onto your Desktop.

Or from this Mirror
  • Right-click on AdwCleaner.exe and select Run as Administrator (for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 users)
  • Accept the EULA (I accept), then click on Scan
  • Let the scan complete. Once it's done, make sure that every item listed in the different tabs is checked and click on the Quarantine button. This will kill all the active processes
  • Once the cleaning process is complete, AdwCleaner will ask to restart your computer, do it
  • After the restart, a log will open when logging in. Please copy/paste the content of that log in your next reply


Download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Alternative download option: http://www.techspot.com/downloads/6731-farbar-recovery-scan-tool.html

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system (32 bit or 64 bit). If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.

If your security alerts to FRST either, accept the alert or turn your security off to allow FRST to run. It is not malicious or infected in any way...

Be aware FRST must be run from an account with Administrator status...
  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.(Windows 8/10 users will be prompted about Windows SmartScreen protection - click More information and Run.)
  • Make sure Addition.txt is checkmarked under "Optional scans"

  • Press Scan button to run the tool....
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
  • The tool will also make a log named (Addition.txt) Please attach that log to your reply.

Let me see those logs in your reply...

Thank you,

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That did work to stop Malwarebytes pop up for Trojan dakotaram.com , .

Although, I still see the script in the NoScript extension I run in Chrome. Even though I blocked it, it's still in some of the web pages, and in Chrome. I wonder if it's something to do with my phone. There was a major update for Android, and some reason can't turn off the SD card encryption.  

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Hiya Silly_Sully,

Open Chrome browser, select the menu icon top lefthand corner (3 dots on top of each other) then select "more tools" then "extentions"

All extensions should now displayed. Use the slider to turn off each extension in turn. You could leave any associated to security "on".

With extensions now turned off see if the issue is cleared, if it is turn extention slider back to "on" one at a time to see which extention is at fault...

Let me know the outcome...

I cannot comment on your android phone, you could ask at that specific forum:


Thank you,


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I guess it didn't work after all. I'm still getting popup from Malwarebytes blocking Dakotaram.com as a Trojan . I'll keep trying to figure this out internally in Google Chrome and try to figure this out. You might be right that it's involved with one of the extensions. 

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The full clean up though does say to consider removing ALL extensions. Then reinstall as you go along

Yes, that site Dakotaram .com is blocked by both Malwarebytes and Malwarebytes Browser Guard for Trojan activity


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I turned off a lot of them, and removed a bunch. Years ago I did have a problem where there was a bad extension where it was using my computer to mine bitcoin. But since then I have a new hard drive with the clean install of windows 10.  I never really found out which one it was . Maybe I never uninstalled it and turned it back on?? Not sure what is going on. I keep thinking I got rid of it, then I see the script on NoScript within some of the webpages. What worries me is that it's in Gmail, and on Google search. I'm going to continue to try to figure it out before I completely have to back up and reinstall Chrome. 

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Hello Silly_Sully,

Please let me know how you make out with the fresh install. Before this you may want to back up passwords and bookmarks...

Go to this link: http://www.wikihow.com/Export-Bookmarks-from-Chrome follow the instructions and Export your Bookmarks from Chrome, save to your Desktop or similar. Note the instructions can also be used to Import the bookmarks.....

For your Passwords go here:

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Glad we could help.

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