Hey all, I've got a serious issue that I can't seem to find an answer for. I've done a lot of virus & malware removal in the past, but this one has got me stumped. I'm not sure if I should be posting here or in the Troubleshooting forum, so please feel free to move it if need be.
Last Wednesday evening I was watching a movie file when spam websites began popping up on my screen every 10-30 seconds. They open in google chrome, but they do not show a chrome icon on the taskbar and when trying to open the settings in-browser, the menu just goes away in 1 second. The sites it shows are almost always different, ranging from searchacity.com (most often), younghollywood.com, workingmothertv.com, nickmom.com, gameshok.com and many more. They will often close themselves after a few seconds if there is no internet connection, or they have been minimized. They can be closed, but new ones always pop back up again. When they are minimized, they show as a small bar in the bottom left corner.
In taskmanager, the open windows show up as browser32.exe & can be ended from there. I've also noticed a few strange processes (csrss.exe, atieclxx.exe, etc), but most have legitimate causes. In MSConfig, I found one process in startup called UIHumble (I, not a lowercase L) that has no google results for it. I've stopped that startup item, so we'll see if it makes a difference next startup.
Scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, kaspersky, ESET, Avast, and others have found nothing. I've searched my add/remove programs I've gone through all Google Chrome extensions and they only one I wasn't sure of was Adblock which I turned off with no results. I also completely uninstalled Google Chrome, but this didn't stop the issue. It's almost as if the popup browser is a Chrome look-alike.