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Annoying ads: Strong Signal/Buzzdock

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#1 vingmx


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Posted 16 May 2015 - 03:47 PM

Hey there, guys. So, after I came home from boarding school for the weekend, I noticed my browser was infested with ads. Annoying redirections, pop-ups, and simply ads all over. They all are labeled with "strong signal" or "powered by strong signal", and some with "Buzzdock ads". I was already familiar with Strong Signal, and found out it was being caused by a programm with the same name, which would keep adding "Strong Signal" to my Google Chrome extensions. I deleted it, aswell as the extension. 


I thought I was free, but just a few hours later, I noticed I wasn't. And it got worse. More ads, and I get redirected with about every third click I make. I checked over and over again through my programms, but none of them are sketchy/adware. I rummaged through my Chrome extensions, and the problem isn't there either. I've got absolutely no clue as to where these ads might be comming from.


Every page on the internet I've found about this matter, tells me to uninstall "Strong Signal" from my computer and remove it from my extensions, but I've done that, and it continues. Some help would be very appreciated. If you need any more information of my machine, please do post.

I'm very grateful for every bit of help and advice.


- Your ving


P.S.: I have AdBlockPlus on google chrome, but it fails to block the Strong Signal and Buzzdock ads!


EDIT: I realized just now I posted this in the wrong forum, and don't know how to delete it. Please move it to the right cathegory!

Edited by Orange Blossom, 16 May 2015 - 04:01 PM.
Moved to AII from Windows 8. ~ OB

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#2 InadequateInfirmity


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Posted 16 May 2015 - 04:17 PM

Download and run wipe  and system ninja,







Go ahead and install ccleaner Now that you have the program installed go ahead and run the cleaner function.


Now that you have cleaned out some temp files, lets go ahead and disable all of the items starting up with your machine except your antivirus. To do this you will need to click on tools then start up select each item then disable.


Now that you have disabled those un-needed start ups lets go into the settings, we will have Ccleaner run when your machine boots, so that you will never have to worry about cleaning temp files again.

To do this:

  • Hit options.
  • Settings.
  • Place a tick to run Ccleaner when the computer starts.


Now go to the advanced tab, and select close program after cleaning, now run the cleaner again this will close Ccleaner.



Reboot your machine and then follow the  instructions below.


Step 1: eScanAV.


Disable your antivirus prior to this scan.


Download the eScanAV Anti-Virus Toolkit (MWAV)



Save the file to your desktop.
Right click run as administrator.
A new icon will appear on your desktop.
Right click run as administrator on new icon.
Click on the update tab.
Once you have updated the program, make sure the settings are the same as the picture below.
Once you have made sure the settings match the picture, hit the Scan & Clean button.
Upon scan completion, click View Log.
Copy and paste entire log into your next reply.
Note: Reboot if needed to remove infections.


Step 2: Zemana


Run a full scan with Zemana antimalware.


Install and select deep scan.


Remove any infections found.

Then click on the icon in the pic below.


Double click on the scan log, copy and paste here in your reply.



Step 3: Junkware Removal Tool.
Please download Junkware Removal Tool and save it on your desktop.



  • Shut down your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click it and select Run as administrator.
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Please post the JRT log.

Step 4: Adware Cleaner.
Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.

#3 vingmx

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 07:49 AM

So, silly me forgot to save the Word Codument I was pasting all of the logs in, and the Junkware Removal Tool closed it, so that's the only log I got left. 


The AdwCleaner didn't find anything, so I didn't bother clicking on the Delete button.
What matters is, that after downloading all of these programms and running all of these scans, my problem still persists.
Any other ideas of what it might be?

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 09:13 AM

Re-run adware cleaner and and hit clean anyway, post that log.


Also you can get me the zemana log please.


Adware Removal Tool.
Download Adware removal tool to your desktop, right click the icon and select Run as Administrator.

Source: http://www.techsupportall.com/adware-removal-tool/


Hit Ok.


Hit next make sure to leave all items checked, for removal.


The Program will close all open programs to complete the removal, so save any work and hit OK. Then hit OK after the removal process is complete,  then OK again to finish up. Post log generated by tool.


Step 2: ZHP Cleaner.


Download and save ZHP Cleaner to your desktop.


Right Click and run as administrator.

Click on the Repair button.

At the end of the process you will be asked to reboot your machine.

After you reboot a report will open on your desktop.

Copy and paste the report here in your next reply.


Step 3: Security Check.


Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop.

  • Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
  • Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
  • A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document




Step 4: Minitoolbox.


Please download [b]MINITOOLBOX and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:

Flush DNS
Reset FF proxy Settings
Reset Ie Proxy Settings
Report IE Proxy Settings
Report FF Proxy Settings
List content of Hosts
List IP configuration
List Winsock Entries
List last 10 Event Viewer log
List Installed Programs
List Users, Partitions and Memory size
List Devices (problems only)

Click Go and post the result.


Eset Scan


Disable your antivirus prior to this scan.



  • Click on esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the esetsmartinstaller_enu.png icon on your desktop.
  • Check "YES, I accept the Terms of Use."
  • Click the Start button.
  • Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  • Under scan settings, check "Scan Archives" and "Remove found threats"
  • Click Advanced settings and select the following:
  • Scan potentially unwanted applications
  • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
  • Enable Anti-Stealth technology
  • ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer. Please be patient as this can take some time.
  • When the scan completes, click List Threats
  • Click Export, and save the file to your desktop using a unique name, such as ESETScan. Include the contents of this report in your next reply.
  • Click the Back button.
  • Click the Finish button.
  • NOTE:Sometimes if ESET finds no infections it will not create a log.

Edited by InadequateInfirmity, 17 May 2015 - 09:45 AM.

#5 InadequateInfirmity


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Posted 17 May 2015 - 09:46 AM

Also do not post the logs in spoiler tags, post as is please.

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