These pop-ups occur the same in Firefox, and are not affected by the most rabid pop-up blocker settings. They are sometimes .GIFs and sometimes Flash. The content in the ad varies and is sometimes adult content advertising a dating site.
To date I have run multiple scans by various software including Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner, Microsoft's own Malicious Software removal tool and McAfee Stinger (recommended removals and quarantines were for registry entries and some items in my recycle bin which did not seem like threats but I got rid of them). I use Security Essentials on windows 7, no threats found (including safemode). I have scanned using TrendMicro's housecall also nothing. I have used Microsoft's defender offline (a live boot scanner) it did not complete but crashed.
I have used Kaspersky's live boot virus scanner also no threats. I have scanned from Ubuntu using Comodo antivirus, no problem.
I am going insane. One last thing, there is an occasional hijack in the browser and I cannot at this moment recall the destination, but will make a note the next time. I can get URLs that the pop-ups attempt to direct me to. I would like to know if anyone has seen a pop-up in this format before and what on earth is responsible for it. I have been unable to find information on a pop-ups like mine while searching online for the last few months. If anyone has a clue, please help.
Thanks you very much for taking the time to check this out.
I have attached a screencapture of ie presenting the symptoms. The content is different, but the same box appears with the little red box to close it on the top.
Edited by Budapest, 17 October 2014 - 01:29 AM.
Moved from Win7 ~Budapest