AdwCleaner keeps finding crap (mostly new Chrome browser extensions I didn't install) and removing it, and I still have IE popping up on its own and a "ProbsAlert" window that can't be closed except via Task Manager that warns, in broken English and in bolded black 18px Arial font, that my files are "on 94% risk" or that I need to call "Windows Certified Live Technicians" at 1-866-978-5645.
The unclosable IE window with the unclosable ProbsAlert popup were popping up every half hour but seems to be only popping up at random times now. (Again, by "unclosable," I just mean that I had to go to Task Manager and kill these processes there, they did not respond to an "X" close button.) It continues to address me as "Comcast customer" (I'm not, maybe previous owner was), says it removed two instances of "AdWare.DealPlay". It continues to insist I call that 866 number, which looks hinky in my Google searches.
I would appreciate someone helping me get to the bottom of this, as it is incredibly annoying, I suspect the problem stems from the Chrome browser, which was originally flooding me with pop-up ads and redirecting to a Binkiland search engine when I got the laptop and fired that browser up. I do not visit porn or "free stuff" (like ringtones, etc.) sites. I don't know if the previous owner did.
Also disabled some programs which were running on startup. You can see Binkiland is on the list.
Today I ran AdwCleaner. It found some Chrome extensions that I did not install, removed them.
CCleaner scanned, removed some preinstalled unwanted programs I had uninstalled (a preinstalled MS sports ticker, another version of Skype, etc.), and browser trash like cache files.
Avast! scanned, saw nothing.
Malwarebytes scanned, found nothing.
Edited by Britpoptarts, 04 March 2015 - 03:36 PM.