Two days ago I downloaded a movie file which wanted me to install a codec to play it.
I knew this was suspicious but I am running Sunbelt Viper which usually nuts out these kinds of problems so I continued with the installation.
Half way through it said there was an error and the install stopped.
I now have multiple processes opening for chrome and internet explorer, each chewing up a huge amount of memory.
I did a Viper scan and removed a few items.
I also did a scan with Malware Bytes and was again able to remove a few things apart from:
Hijack.Host, C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts, Good: (), Bad: (18.104.22.168 www.google-analytics.com.), Removal Failed,[fb0bca20e794ec4a51e146dc7a8b639d]
Hijack.Host, C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts, Good: (), Bad: (22.214.171.124 google-analytics.com.), Removal Failed,[d630f7f3e398d363cf63c85a17ee04fc]
Hijack.Host, C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts, Good: (), Bad: (126.96.36.199 connect.facebook.net.), Removal Failed,[fa0c52988fecd85ea989da48e2231ce4]
I did a system restore to a few days before i downloaded the file but it made no difference.
I have tried deleting the IE folder manually. I can delete all the files except the ones in Connection Wizard which respawn automatically as well as 3 in the IE root folder called; hmmapi.dll, iedw.exe and iexplore.exe.
While I have had no ads on my browsers, I have been getting them in Steam (gaming program) maybe due to the absence of adblock.
Offline everything runs a lot smoother but as soon as i connect to the internet the processes begin and I start to get a lot more lag, even since starting this thread my amount of lag has gone through the roof.
I attempted to remove some programs I wasnt sure about from the msconfig startup list but again had no luck.
I AM STUMPED - PLEASE HELP!