Hello to whomever responds!
This is my first time requesting help/advise via your website, so bare with me. Up front info includes: This is about a month old computer, it is a work computer, I do have admin rights to my computer, I frequent the Microsoft website for updates as precautionary and recommended, the president here is not fond of spending money on newer technology software (including anti-virus/spyware software), I'm fairly knowledgeable with computers (with the exception of malware removal)
Within the past week i've experienced redirecting through Google links to misc. websites not intended to be viewed. They are always different, but I'm not redirected every time. I could click on a link, be redirected, hit the back button, then click again and it continues as intended to the correct website. Only pattern i've noticed is the favicon of the redirect briefly flashes before the actual redirect website appears. This favicon looks like a handwritten swirly number 2, and it's blue. I don't believe i've noticed any websites including sexual content or gambling as others have experienced. I have noticed in my temporary internet files some suspicious cookies with ip address looking numbers like 18.104.22.168 & 22.214.171.124. That's a little scary. Other than the redirects, i'm not experiencing any slow down or pop-ups or errors, but I want to nip this thing in the butt before it gets out of control.
I've downloaded and scanned now with Ad-aware, SUPERantispyware, and Malwarebytes Anti-malware. All updated and current, but nothing found in any of them.
I understand that I will do nothing until i'm told. And that you guys with BC are always busy. Your help is much appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
P.S. let me know if I should uninstall all the above noted software before we begin our journey.