"I accidentally installed a virus."
No worries, that is the intended method of installation. The virus should work just fine.
EDIT: Anyways, if Malwarebytes didn't get it and you're already at the point of considering a reinstall. Try Junkware Removal Tool and AdwCleaner.
Run ADWCleaner: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
Backup your important data to a thumb drive or a "cloud" drive like google or onedrive.
If need be, do a hard reset on your operating system.
This above still might not get it, and you may have to do a full reinstall.
Sony confirms that most of the attacks against it's networks and credential losses are through malware on PCs. What you could have is a key logger or some sort of remote program. The remote program that's grabbing your credentials could be listed as safe or legitimate software that's being used maliciously.
It's also very likely a "recycled" password. Either guessed successfully through another leak or by other means. Be sure to check the account for any odd associated account details like emails, addresses or information that's not yours.
Good luck and I hope this helps.
The free AIDA64 can help, and the portable edition won't install garbage into the OS. Any edition works. It details all hardware in the system and if it's modern enough it includes the driver links to the official site
I would avoid any 'driver install' or 'update' programs unless they have a portable edition as they almost certainly install hogging background programs and/or adware
I also highly recommend running MalwareBytes ADWcleaner to detect and remove crapware. This is also a portable file which doesn't install and won't interfere with your current antivirus.
Speaking of which, what is it? If it's AVG I advise you uninstall, run their removal tool, and reinstall 'advanced' to uncheck their 'tune up' and toolbar crapware. AVG needs an occasional reinstall for best performance
Try using AdwCleaner from the makers of Malwarebytes. It's a free program that will remove adware and other junk like you're currently seeing on your PC.
Here is a link to AdwCleaner:
I'm assuming you got a browser hijacker. As expected from a hentai website. Try this out. Pretty useful tool that should fix it very quickly. It's made by the Malwarebytes team and it's a standalone scanner tool that specifically targets browser hijackers, adware and spyware, and it's damn good at it.
Also, install uBlock origin so that this kind of stuff doesn't happen again. The site is not to blame, I've been in that particular site and it's pretty safe, the ads are the problem. The site owners don't really have any control over what the ad providers allow to be shown, and they often just let browser hijackers pass. You don't even need to click any ads for it to be a problem, the damn thing just needs to load. I also recommend using this anti-anti-adblocker so that websites that have an anti-adblocker can't detect that you are using an adblocker.
First thing you should do is run a scan with RogueKiller + Malwarebytes + AdwCleaner to be sure you are clean.
Also, how much RAM do you have ?
The next question should be how you got the virus and what you could do differently. Some general things:
This might help you in the future to remove such things: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
>probably somehow installing a bad chrome extension which acts as a gateway for further infection.
I'm going to assume that the vast, VAST majority of people reading this thread thinking they have no viruses, do in fact have viruses and this is it. Check your extensions people! Make sure they're reputable. If an extension re-directs your homepage to something different it is almost a guarantee it's NOT good!
Run malwarebytes adwcleaner! https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
I like Hitmanpro https://www.hitmanpro.com/en-us.aspx
Or for Grandma's old PC that has a million toolbars, AdwCleaner. It was recently bought by Malwarebytes though and I'm not sure how the quality changed https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
Quiero probar algo, vi un caso parecido hace muchisimo. Pasale esto y decime si te tira algo raro.
Corré el malwarebytes www.malwarebytes.com
Y dale una pasada con Glarys la bomba tucumana 1 click maintenance http://www.glarysoft.com/
For removing the junk from your computer:
These are the 3 programs I use to clean up most everything. I also use hijackthis to cleanout browser hijacks but I don't recommend you use that unless you know what you're doing, because you can fuck some shit up for real.
Both malwarebytes programs are different, run them both, they are both self explanatory. Run the database update and then run the scan.
In CCleaner, I would run the cleaner section, the registry section, and then go to tools and go through the uninstall section, remove any program that you don't recall installing yourself, anything you don't use. Go through the startup section next and remove anything that doesn't need to be started when you login. Then go through the browser plugins section to see if you have anything installed in any of your browsers that could be contributing to this problem.
Quxxo was asking about AA Settings(Anti-aliasing). Anti-aliasing is responsible for turning jagged lines into smooth lines. Some AA options are very resource intensive. From least intensive to most:
Just to give you an idea of my system specs:
AMD FX8250(8x @ 3.5ghz)
16gb RAM(2x 8gb @ 1866mhz)
GTX 760 4gb
I run at 50-60 fps @ 1920x1080, sometimes faster. There is no reason your system should be getting such poor performance, in comparison to mine, your system is a beast.
Twitch does not use coinhive, it's either a false positive or you have malware on your computer.
Check your browsers addons and remove any you don't trust as one of those could be responsible, and run a virus scan and AdwCleaner https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
It sounds like your computer is infected with some sort of malware.
NO that is not normal.
You might have a Addware virus on your PC.
Try doing a full scan with your antivirus, and then after that is done a FULL scan with Malwarebytes and malwarebytes ADW cleaner
Deleting Chrome didn't need to be done but it's no problem. It looks like an extension that might have been installed by a website and you definitely want to get rid of.
First off, reinstall Chrome using Edge (if you have Win10 you should have Edge as another browser) by going to google.com/chrome and following the prompts.
Once Chrome is reinstalled open it up and go to the menu in the top right and go to "Extensions" and see if it's still listed as being installed, and whether it is there or not, you should then go get ADWCleaner as recommended by the other guy (link here) and run this.
It will do a scan, tell you what it finds, then there will be another button to remove anything malicious.
It's all good! Just glad it got resolved.
I would highly advise running MalwareBytes ADWCleaner, most software that create a search bar should be found and cleaned appropriately.
This is different then the standard MalwareBytes that you most likely ran earlier.
It can be found here.
Run an adware scan, restart your PC and try again. If that doesn't work, check your PC for programs on this list and remove any you find.
Go to chrome://settings/content/notifications and remove maranhesduve.club from the allowed list.
Scan your computer for adware using AdwCleaner.
Download and run RKill to kill any unauthorized processes, then AdwCleaner to get rid of whatever's there.
Do NOT reboot your computer between the two.
Start by running this: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
CCleaner shouldn't show any ads (at least it doesn't for me), so you have a more serious problem there.
PS: Unless a new update changed that. Didn't update mine for a while. Only "need" it for very specific and small extras anyway.
MalwareBytes is shareware; the free version scans when you tell it to, but if you want the bells and whistles (including real-time protection) you need to fork over some cash. Still damn useful, though.
If you're looking more for a one-and-done antivirus, AdwCleaner is wonderful. (As you can see from the website, they recently got bought out by MalwareBytes. Given how good MBAM is at the moment, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.)
Shouldn't really have any effect, if you are worried I'd recommend run a Malwarebytes scan and an AdwCleaner scan.
Can you try downloading and running Adwcleaner software for me?
Here is the link: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner
If it won't fix it here is a registry thing you can tweak:
1) Hit Windows Key + R Type in Regedit and then hit Enter.
2) Navigate to : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management.
3) Find "ClearPageFileAtShutDown" and change its value to 1.
4) Restart the computer.
Hope it helps.
Download and run RKill, AdwCleaner and KVRT, in that order.
AdwCleaner is a simple yet effective anti-malware tool that was acquired by Malwarebytes a few years ago. I don’t think it’s actively developed anymore, but it’s still pretty good. It will direct you to reboot between scan/clean cycles.
An unpacked extension, loaded from C:\ProgramData\Gmfiw\Dzgbxdz\EEC4127 .....
Very suspicious indeed!
Scan your system ASAP!
Windows Defender, Malwarebytes and/or AdwCleaner.
uTorrent is closed-source, with lots of ads and had lots of security controversies in the past, I suggest you to switch over to other torrent client, and not BitTorrent (from bittorrent inc, the same company that made utorrent and had security controversies in bittorrent client too!) but something open-source such as qBittorrent or TransmissionBT, also, after unninstalling uTorrent, run a scan with your favourite antivirus tool and AdwClear just to make sure if there isn't any left-overs or adwares running in your system.
I would also recommend to use AdwCleaner from Malwarebytes to clean all advertisements id's and cookies stored in web browser. Because some viruses get downloaded to your pc by simply clicking on a link in a email or visiting a web site. And then virus is gonna record all keystrokes on your pc and sent it to hackers. So better to check pc regularly for viruses. :)
Download https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/ Its standalone program you just run it and see if it finds anything else. If those pups keep appearing something got left behind.
Edge uses Chrome engine so addons are compatible now and i recommend using Ublock Origin By Raymond Hill. It can help block bad ads, in settings choose filter to block malware. That should keep you a bit safer when browsing. For trust worthy websites you just disable the addon for them.
The messages in the console make me believe the problem is with the player, and not the server. Can you check if he has this problem only with your server or with more? Is it only your server, maybe you should think about mods or datapacks. If he also get kicked from other servers, it's really his PC/installation and you should work from there..
First step would to scan for virus/adware/trojans.. Maybe use this; https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
Malwarebytes have a powerful adware removal utility, the free version will suffice. Give it a go, it might solve your problem https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
Having an SSD eliminates most of the problems associated with an HDD.
Though there are a multitude of things one can do to optimize a system like disabling unwanted startup items (Task manager), running routine scans with <em>Malwarebytes</em>, <em>AdwCleaner</em>, uninstalling unwanted softwares and thus limiting background services etc.
Since you already use CC cleaner, many of the required optimisation will be carried out by it.
You could also limit the background apps by going to Settings->privacy->background apps, and disable unwanted apps running in background consuming your precious Ram.
Most of the optimisation will depend on the way you utilise the system.
(e.g. Page file specifications for an adobe user won't be the same for a normal user)
HKU just stands for HKey_Users, it's a registry key, it's fine.
The rest of it points to an old Ask toolbar that was once installed, but isn't any longer. Malwarebytes free should be enough to get rid of it, though you can use their AdwCleaner program as well - https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
If that's the only thing that HitmanPro finds, then delete/delete all will do the same thing. If there are other results and you're unsure, post a screenshot. A registry backup isn't necessary here if that's all there is.
Check your pc for programs on this list, and take any action it recommends,
You should also run an adware scan
This sounds rather like an infection with Potentially Unwanted Software (PUP). Tools aimed at removing adware can usually deal better with this than anti malware tools. Run AdwCleaner and reset all of your browsers.
> I feel i have unknowingly awakened a beast that laid dormant deep in my files.
Don't get paranoid. Malwarebytes did what it was supposed to do and if scans are now clean then it did it's job.
Yontoo is adware and not complicated to remove compared to other virus and malware. It wasn't fully installed so could have been from an install wrapper or optional software offered while installing something unrelated to Yontoo. It could also be part of a browser addon. Without the Malwarebytes log it's hard to tell though.
You might also run Malwarebytes AdwCleaner to see if anything turns up. It will often find PUPs that other scanners miss.
Try running Adaware or the free adware removal tool you can get from Malwarebytes.
I wouldn't let your nephew use your computer for stuff anymore...
Je suis un adepte du "grand nettoyage" car je suis jamais sûr de me débarasser de tout, donc à chaque doute je formate et je joue la carte de la prévention. Au final entre les adblockers, Windows Defender et juste "faire gaffe" j'ai rien eu depuis longtemps (au moins 3 ans).
Si tu veux pas formater, je recommande Malwarebytes ou AdwCleaner pour se débarasser des petits trucs. Pour savoir si des programmes tournent en fond et se connectent à Internet, il faut disséquer les résultats de la commande netstat -ban sur l'invité de commande (en admin). Mais tu vas avoir plein de résultats legit (navigateur, services Windows...).
This could be any Chrome extension or any additional programs that comes with an installer. Remember to read everything and never blindly click Next.
I would go into your Control Panel and browse your installed programs. See if there's anything you don't recognise and Google what it is. If you're not sure just post a screenshot as a reply and I'll have a look for you.
Also download AdwCleaner from Malwarebytes and run it. See if it picks up anything.
As instructed on Mozilla's help page I used this standalone adware cleaner to remove a redirect virus in Firefox recently that loaded tabs in the background. There were 127 malicious entries in the registry no AV detected that this did. Might want to run a quick scan to be sure. https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
To find out if the problem is related to the antimalware service, you're gonna need to turn off realtime protection in windows defender. If programs run okay after that try running adwcleaner and rkill to remove any malware, then turn defender back on.
Someone has either found out your password, or they are phishing emails.
I would do the following:
Open your email and delete the emails about someone trying to get access to your account, do not click any links inside the email.
Change your Steam and e-mail account passwords, and change the passwords for any other accounts you have that share the same password.
Run scans using the following tools: Malwarebytes and AdwCleaner. Quarantine and remove anything the programs may find on your computer.
Once you've installed one of them and run a scan and removed anything it found, restart your computer before you install the other program. Once the next program is finished, restart your computer again.
Unless you feel you need to have these programs on your computer I recommend you uninstall then both once you're finished with them to keep your computer clean.
If you have little or no experience at all with programs like these then you should read the description of the programs and what they do.
1 - Depending on what you download, most Anti Virus programs may falsely flag it. Example, if it contains a crack or key generator, most likely it will get flagged regardless. Sometimes even safe exe's compiled in programs like AutoIT or AutoHotKeys will get flagged despite being fine.
2- If you do have to format, build a Ninite bundle and place it onto your USB Key with Windows. https://ninite.com/
Ninite lets you pick software, and it gives you a file. Run that file and it installs everything to select.
3- If you are concerned about lingering malware, run ADWCleaner.
It doesn't have to be put there by a human, you could've clicked a bad link or it was downloaded in the background by a malicious program.
Yes your PC could have been compromised. The best way to resolve is to do a full reinstall. I also recommend running an antivirus and malware scan . (Adwcleaner works pretty well;https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/)
Look through your installed programs and check if it's installed or if it was the stand alone version and check to see if there are any logs recoverable to see if someone actually connected; https://community.teamviewer.com/t5/Knowledge-Base/How-to-find-your-log-files-on-Windows-and-Mac-and-Linux/ta-p/4694
Well i think the answer is pretty obvious. If you downloaded an installer from someone you don't trust and it gets flagged by your AV, that definitely doesn't sound good.
As goretsky said, don't trust a software that isn't from a trusted source.
If i where you i would uninstall it. Also, in addition to Malwarebytes, you could scan your PC with HitmanPro and Adwcleaner to be on the safe side.
Hope that helped, have a good one and stay safe.
I'd start up your PC and run the anti-virus. After that, I'd install AdwCleaner (doesn't just scan for adware).
Edit: If you're still worried about it, I'd factory reset and back up important files to the cloud.
Depends on the type of malware. If you're dealing with a zero-day/botnet, that's pretty much the only way to get rid of it completely.
If it's just popups and crap, run Malwarebytes and AdwCleaner.
Download media creation tool create install media pen, and do a clean install.
Or you could try by running this:
And do a run with ADWCleaner:
i have no idea what that paragraph is but if you're getting random ads you probably have adware on your computer.
I'd uninstall all unnessary programs on your PC and random chrome extensions and then run malware bytes adware cleaner to get rid of any adware on your pc.
AQW only has ads in Ballyhoo and at the bottom of the webpage.
Try this -
It's a small tool which got rid of my browser problems in the past. Lot better than installing a software for just scanning purposes.
If that doesn't work reinstall firefox.
Maybe you have some sort of rogue adware installed that's intercepting your setting change and forcing it to something else. You could try doing a scan with Malwarebytes' AdwCleaner: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
It's redirecting to trovio - that's adware that's infected your web browser. Lucky for you, Kaspersky is saving you.
ADWcleaner: (For adware / browser extension & plug-ins)
Malwarebytes: (For malware)
Also, reset your browser.
you should check your computer for malware (try running AdwCleaner in addition to a scan). these websites aren't anything that reddit uses if I recall correctly.
Run a scan with HitmanPro, AdwCleaner. Clean your PC with CCleaner(it will delete saved passwords, browser history).
Run a scan with RogueKiller + Malwarebytes + AdwCleaner to be sure everything is fine virus wise and tell me the results.
Which browser do you use? In a different one, still the same error? What browser extensions do you have installed ? Run a scan with AdwCleaner + JRT.
Nope, because you have to download the programs when you use Windows Repair Toolbox. Just forget about Windows Repair Toolbox and download the programs separately.
This thing is the best at cleaning up your browsers in case something is lurking in there.
If for some reason that isn't it, check your system and browser proxy settings as well.
Norton got a bit better for a while with their "gamer edition" or whatever it was called. Aside from the branding on that one specific box, they basically focused on performance across their lineup, so you could be worse.
That said, it's far too bloated for gamers to use, IMHO.
Honestly, windows defender is fine. Yes, some are slightly better. But you'll be saving money with an antivirus that's free and just sips resources. It doesn't come with a lot of bloated features.
For peace of mind, get Malwarebytes for free and scan by hand, or (and MWB just bought them) https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/.
If you MUST get a light 3rd party AV, NOD used to be pretty good at efficient protection. I haven't used them in a while now, I just do what I suggested to you.
Avira is great. Have scored great constantly for a few years now. The only downside are the popups, but they don't happen very frequently. In addition I also use AdwCleaner https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/ to get rid of unwanted adware and other stuff and https://www.hitmanpro.com/en-us/hmp.aspx hitman pro to be extra sure to get rid of stuff. These I only use once in a while. Oh, and also this one: https://www.malwarebytes.com/junkwareremovaltool/
You can run these tools, maybe they can get rid of it:
Here's the link for ADWCleaner. And the link for junkware removal tool is here. Both from Malwarebytes site.
>And if you're using Avast antivirus, stop using it.
I can’t recommend this enough. What I recommend is using Windows Defender, which is free and built into Windows, and Malwarebytes, which is also free. Adwcleaner is also nice, as it can remove adware not removed by any other program.
Other third-party antiviruses—such as Avast, AVG, McAfee, Avira, and Bitdefender—kill your CPU and use tons of power (and battery life, if you’re using a laptop). It’s all a waste of time. Just use Windows Defender and Malwarebytes, both of which are permanently free.
I'll probably get downvoted for this but download Spybot Search and Destroy and run it.
As old as Spybot is, it still detects and gets rid of some nasty malware. Also, it scans your Temp folder and will tell you how many files you have there and will ask you if you want to delete them.
Also, I found this little gem on the MalwareBytes website:
My laptop was acting up and after my usual barage of malware checks, my laptop was still acting up but running Adwcleaner found 10 threats that it got rid of and had my laptop running like usual again.
I don't know if you've ever heard of (or used) "AdwCleaner," but it's, by far, my favorite application ever created. It (almost) entirely negates the hassle of cleaning Adware.
It was an independent application and was recently purchased by MalwareBytes. They've made some improvements to it, but mostly UI-related.
If you haven't heard of it, give it a shot. It's fucking wonderful. https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
EDIT: This goes for all of you guys reading this. Even if you're not an "IT-Person," the program has an incredibly easy-to-use UI. Open the program, press "Scan," then press "Clean" and it'll ask you to reboot the computer. After the reboot, a text file will open automatically containing a log of all of the items that were removed. I run it on my computer once every few months and it'll catch stuff that somehow passed me by. Give a shot!
I suggest using this adware cleaner by malwarebytes. İt helped me a lot
İnstall it. Run it. Click scan. Wait 1-2 minutes than click clean. İt will say restart requiered or it will close all of the applications. Do it. İf it crashes before it is done. Than use anti-malware that ı mentionad below
İf it ever stops working. İnstall anti malware by malwarebytes. İt finds every single adware/trojan/malware everything. İt is great for removing adwares
I managed to fix it by myself. A friend of mine told me about a program called adwcleaner.
I happend to be the case that my pc had some weird Google Chrome addons, that used all of my ram without showing up in my task manager.
Adwcleaner removes those weird addons and other stuff. You could try it your self. It may be one of your browsers has some weird addons aswell
It may be part of what ever files you remove with Malwarebytes could be if it was virus its still there and trying to connect to re download itself again. You can try running scan with Windows Defender as well, also try Malwarebytes ADWcleaner https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner
It gives option to reset settings after running you should let it reset it and see if that fixed it
Also Run free online scan with Eset https://www.eset.com/us/home/online-scanner/
You could do a scan with AdwCleaner.
Since it's a new PC, it can be a "feature" of one of the OEM pre-installed programs.
Could you share the URL of the home page?
Read through this entire thread and the replies - https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/all/cant-seem-to-get-rid-of-puawin32netfilter/a6be46cf-4524-4fbc-9d71-19a255cf0500
As you can see, netfilter.exe is potentially unwanted software that could have come bundled with a game or other software. You can run Malwarebytes ADWCleaner, but as one poster points out, you must pay attention so as not to remove something you may want on your computer. You can quarantine netfilter.exe with ADWCleaner and see if it affects any software you are using - it shouldn't, and that's probably a good option for you.
When you deleted the extension from Chrome and it came back after restarting, means it got loaded from somewhere, e.g. from a folder in C:\ProgramData.
Has Malwarebytes found anything?
Maybe do a scan with AdwCleaner as well (from the same company).
To get professional free support with issues like this, ask at a dedicated forum like:
They can help you get rid of each and every trace of the malware/adware. 🙂
AdwCleaner from the same company is also a good option.
Generally, in cases like this there can be more problems, which need to be solved by experts.
You can get good help on e.g.:
No. But I do wonder why this is important.
I think you should get rid of it not matter what. Adware such as this one can have negative side effects like slowing down your system, and loading additional adware onto the system.
Run AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes
Reset your browsers after that.
Restart the computer and check if the problem persists
> Edit: I deleted a registry string that was listed as "mfhcmdonhekjhfbjmeacdjbhlfgpjabp" which matched the extension ID and it seems to have gotten rid of the extension installing itself, so I think it's fixed?
Probably not entirely...
To get professional (free) support with issues like this, ask at a dedicated forum like:
You could also just run adwcleaner to be doubly sure. It specializes in checking browsers for nasty additions and has been around forever. It existed long before Malwarebytes purchased it.
Remove Norton, if you haven't already.
Run ADWCleaner, and let it disable everything it recommends.
Reboot and check Windows Updates, make sure all updates have processed and finished.
The program you have installed is classified as potentially unwanted software. These programs are not malicious, but can appear be on your computer without your consent. Some of them are known to deliver ads, bundle additional software, or have questionable privacy policies or simply browser hijacking as in your case.Here is what you can try on your own to get rid of it:
* Download and run https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner let it remove any adware and PUP
* Download and run https://download.eset.com/com/eset/tools/online\_scanner/latest/esetonlinescanner\_enu.exe
* Select a Full Scan
* Select Enable ESET to detect and quarantine potentially unwanted applications
* Restart the computer and check if the problem persists
Check Settings > Apps to uninstall what you don't want.
Run an offline scan with Defender.
I wouldn't worry then. Windows Defender did not find anything, just thought something on the system might be suspicious.
If you are still unsure, you can scan with AdwCleaner, which is tailored towards potentially unwanted software.
The program you have installed is classified as potentially unwanted software. These programs are not malicious, but can appear be on your computer without your consent.
Here is what you can try on your own to get rid of it:
Download adware cleaner from here: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner
Click on the yellow download button and after it's unpacked, run it and scan your browsers. This program usually detects every adware or bloatware that has been installed to your browsers. It works in 99% when it comes about deletion and efficiency. Try it.
Download and run RKill, AdwCleaner and KVRT, in that order. To be honest, it's possible that you've just accidentally triggered your computer's text-to-speech software.
disable your internet connection.......use safe mode
donwload from other pc adwcleaner and kaspersky antivirus removal tools
to clean/scan and destroy all virus/malware/spyware
for free antivirus use panda cloud av home edition
Malwarebytes for Windows (Free scan is good enough) https://www.malwarebytes.com/premium
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner
These two have solved just about any "malware" issue like that for me. The issue is likely a "PUP", Potentially Unwanted Program. Not really a virus per se, but more of an annoyance ad/tracker program that comes bundled with other free software or gets installed by accident or from a browser script. You can protect your browser with a great ad blocker like Ublock Origin, Malwarebytes Browser Guard extensions to name a few.
You should be good, but to be sure I'd recommend using:
Adwcleaner - removes adware, no trial/fees.
Hitman Pro Premium Trial (enter a random email like and you can download a premium trial for free, just follow free trial options instead of paying for anything) - removes most kinds of malware
Malwarebytes Premium Trial (follow free trial options instead of paying for anything) - removes most kinds of malware
Use them in any order, run them each a few times to be sure.
Edit: Hitman Pro is also really good at removing tracking cookies and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)!
To remove malware (and other spyware, adware, etc.) I use a combination of:
Hitman Pro Premium Trial (enter a random email like and you can download a premium trial for free, just follow free trial options instead of paying for anything)
Malwarebytes Premium Trial (follow free trial options instead of paying for anything
Use Malwarebytes first, then the other two (in any order), then use all 3 again to make sure traces are removed.
I'm not a fan of McAfee. I'd personally uninstall it, as well as any other McAfee software that came with the system. I'd also remove ExpressVpn, and anything to do with Smartbyte, KillerNetworks or Rivet Networks. All of these are often included on Dells as shovelware, and they can mess with your network speed and overall performance.
Once McAfee is gone, I'd recommend just using the built-in Microsoft Defender Antivirus.
Besides that, you can run ADWCleaner one time, to check for malware, and also disable anything unnecessary it finds. Run it, check all the boxes, let it do its thing, and reboot afterwards.
I know it's a new computer, but you can also check the HDD or SSD health quickly with CrystalDiskInfo. Once in a blue moon, you get a computer with a bad main drive, but it can take a while to fully fail.
Have you tried scanning with AdwCleaner?
> It says it was loaded from "C:\ProgramData\Iphrz\Njsxe\6EB7847F " i tried clicking on the folder but the folder was empty.
Have you checked "Show hidden files, folders and drives" and unchecked "Hide protected operating system files" in Explorer?
Chances are that after your fresh start, you downloaded something malicious. It might not technically be malware but could be some bundled crap from an unofficial installer.
Here's what I'd do step by step:
Download, run, and clean out anything found by adwcleaner:
Go to "Programs and Features" in the control panel and look for anything odd. If you see something odd that you didn't install then uninstall it. If you're not sure then take a screenshot and share it here.
Run the chrome cleaner. Go to the chrome menu, settings, advanced on the left, then reset and cleanup. Click on "Cleanup computer" and let it do its thing.
Does anyone else have access to this computer? Have you given remote access to anyone to use this computer? How did you wipe and set the machine back up? And what was the real reason why you did it?
In your place, I would first scan the computer https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner, it won't clear it to you in less than a minute and it will clean up immediately if you have any shit that creates problems because windows defender is live shit. And only then did he uninstall the game, clean the registry and reinstall.
I'd go even further and run Malwarebytes free and maybe even Adwcleaner to make sure no malware or adware is lingering around.
In addition to running Malwarebytes, run Adwcleaner: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner
Also install uBlock Origin (and Sponsorblock if you want)
You should uninstall all other adblocker software and switch to uBlock Origin. Then follow these instructions if you wanna make sure no ads get through.
Click on the extension icon and open the dashboard/settings. Go to Filter lists, expand all the lists and enable ALL OF THEM but experimental and languages(unless you are in a country that speaks another language besides english) and once you expanded and selected all the filter lists, go to the top and click Purge all Caches, and then Update now. let it update for a few minutes, once it's done you are all good. If you ever get ads again simply go to the dashboard again, and click Purge all caches and Update now.
Then to get rid of sponsorships inside youtube videos: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/sponsorblock/?src=external-github
It's very unlikely to get something truly malicious that actually stays on your computer. About the worst thing you are going to get is a malicious advertisement that attempts to scare you into calling a number for some bullshit techsupport service or similar.
To help with the ads, grab UBlock Origin Adblocker for your browser. They make a version of it for all the major ones and it's free and simple. It helps block the majority of ads out there. Check through your browsers extensions and get rid of anything that you don't recognize. You can also do this quickly and easily using adwcleaner, you can download it here:
It's a simple scanner that finds all the typical garbage you would get off those ads. It will find them, show you what it found, ask you what you want removed and then reboot. Simple as that. It also checks for junk pre-installed programs so if there's anything already on the machine then it can help clean them out too.
Otherwise to be safe online you should be following some simple common sense rules.
Don't go anywhere that's high risk.
Always assume that something is a scam first.
Scan any downloaded files before opening them.
Never give remote access to your computer to anyone, unless they are a trusted local tech person.
Be careful on file sharing sites, with shared files comes shared crap.
Keep backups of your important stuff.
Don't use the same password for everything.
Setup two factor authentication everywhere it's available.
This is an adware scanner malware bytes also offers
You can get a 30 day trial of bitdefender here
That said if you want full piece of mind I'd recommend a fresh installation of windows
Back up essential files to a cloud service like Google drive, malware can jump to usbs and harddrives.
Hi, this is definetily strange. I suggest you the following actions:
Let me know about your progress.
Do you have "Volume Magnifier" extension installed?
See this tread.
If that's not the case, it might be another malicious extension.
If you're using Windows, you could run a scan with AdwCleaner.
You could try this, if you haven't already: https://www.kaspersky.com/downloads/thank-you/free-rescue-disk
It has worked well for me with some past cases. :) hope it will solve the problem for you.
If you aren't able to download it and flash it to a USB stick (or DVD) on your computer, then hopefully you have another computer at your disposal that you can use.
AdwCleaner is also good. You can give it a go if the rescue disk doesn't help, or try AdwCleaner first, if you wish. You can download it here: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
Hope this will help, and that you will get rid of the issue.
https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/ Link for Adwcleaner and you can download Malwarebytes as well for a 14 day free trial instantly.
side note: if you do not want to use any of these options you can either search up a tutorial for this or just keep it on your computer. it truly isn't bad or unhealthy for your computer, it may slow some things down but it just wants to annoy you. Also the best way to get rid of it is to reset google chrome settings as well. so try using that. You could also use SpyHunter 5 but after deleting the PUP. It will take a very long time to uninstall the anti virus.
It's Google Chrome using the majority of your disk resources. Open up Google Chrome and find Let Google Chrome run in the background and click it to uncheck it.
That should stop Chrome from always running in the background however you'll still see high disk use when you start to browse with Google Chrome.
You might have a malicious add-on for Chrome or something malicious in your PC that's using Chrome. I'd reset Chrome, it's an option at the bottom of the Chrome settings. A reset will disable all your add-one and change back all the settings you made back to the default as if you just installed Chrome. Be sure to uncheck Let Chrome Run In The Background if you do decide to reset Chrome.
Also I'd run ADWcleaner, it's a program by Malwarebytes that removes adware and other junkware that can attach to your browser and Windows 10 system.