I've never seen such cockroach-like malware as I've seen the past month. I have switched from a Samsung to a new Dell - both running Win 7 Home Premium -- and can't rid either computer of this stuff.
By "stuff" I mean tabs that suddenly open telling me things like my new Flash Player is ready for download (from splayersv.net) and young ladies wanting to know if I'd like to chat.
Both laptops were new and used for business, only by me. I was very judiscious in loading programs: MS Office, and IE, Firefox, Chrome, plus Malwarebytes -- all latest versions loaded on a clean computer.
Malwarebytes scan reveals two instances of PUP.Optional.Goobzo, which I quarantined. Repeatedly, because they re-installed themselves with every start-up.
Digging around, I found a recommendation that permanantly getting rid of this interference would require several programs, which I downloaded and ran in this order:
I have done this protocol several times, to no avail. The Goobzo continues to appear on startup; the hijacked tabs appear no matter which browser I use.
Any solutions would be very much welcome.
While on this site on Chrome (and let me say I fully understand it's not this site; only mentioning it for irony), a new tab popped up "informing" me that I needed to have my system analyzed with a phone # to call, etc.
This was a particularly insidious one, as I couldn't close the dialog box; couldn't close the tab; couldn't even click to another tab. Other than the cursor, the laptop was frozen. The only course of action was a complete re-start. Which would, of course, mean any work in other tabs would be lost.