Generally, I do not have problems with my computer. However, visiting home from college for the weekend I have run across a strange phenomenon.
First, the symptoms were purely browser based. And do to inability to describe effectively, it will be displayed in the screenshot below:
This started to become an annoyance, popping up on virtually every webpage (not in a row, but every now and then). No matter what the site, at random times, it would pop up, rendering the webpage un-scrollable (if that's a word)...I would then be forced to reload to webpage just to be able to scroll down. Yes, you can press the 'X' button and the box will go away and the site will un-dim, but scrolling will no longer be an option. Furthermore, if you press allow, it attempts to download a file, from varying sources (no I never allowed it to install nor completely download).
At first, I thought nothing of this minor annoyance, until I proceeded to check up on my mom's computer, and my sister's computer. Both of their computers were suffering the same symptom (all connected to the same wireless network).
Naturally, I tried to run antivirus scans...which worked as usual, the only problem was, they would not update definitions. This became a pattern (on all computers). Microsoft Security Essentials, Malewarebytes, Windows Update, SuperAntiSpyware, etc. However, I proceeded to tether my phone to my laptop, and was able to update through that connection. When scanned with updated Malewarebytes and SAS, nothing crucial was found and the symptoms continued while connected to our wifi.
So this issue has me at a loss. I have tried seemingly everything short of formatting every computer, however, the widespread common symptoms lead me to believe this is not a problem with any one computer. Am I wrong?
Below, I will show more screen shots to give a basic idea of the problem if I have not made myself clear.
Oh and I forgot to mention, I am unable to reach certain sites...Malwarebytes site in particular.
Failure to load malewarebytes on laptop while connected to wifi
Failure to load malewarebytes on Android phone while connected to wifi
Failure to update malwarebytes while on wifi
Windows Update fail
Windows Update Troubleshooter Fail
Edited by SlopDoG, 30 March 2010 - 01:19 AM.