If anyone could help, that'd be great.
just yesterday my laptop started redirecting every web page I open to ridiculous adds. every single web page or web link I click opens a new tab and redirects me to an ad and only when I close that advertising tab does the web page I want open. Running Windows 8 and it happens in Chrome and IE, i was told to see does it still happen in incognito mode in Chrome and it persists there too.
At the same time, it started happening on my phone too. any web links I click on Chrome or on the phones factory browser open a new tab full of ads and when I close that tab, it takes me where I want to go. Strangely if I click a Facebook link on the phone it doesn't open the link, but takes me to the google play store to random games and crap like that. The phone is Android 4.4.4
I've tried spybot, avast, avg, malwarebytes on both the phone and the laptop and they have found nothing. I've tried avast on the laptop too which has found nothing.
both the phone and the laptop are only a few weeks old so I did a factory reset on both the phone and laptop (because I hadn't much data to lose) and the factory reset didn't get rid of the problem either. I know that is probably the virus removal equivalent of turning something off and on again and expecting a fix.
now, i took out my old laptop to post this and just discovered that my old laptop (that had always been trouble free)(Windows 7) seems to have the same problem and my mothers smartphone (android 4.4.4) also has the problem and this device would rarely if ever communicate with any of mine, which has me wondering could this problem be connected to the broadband router somehow?
if anyone could give me some tips on where to begin, i'd really appreciate it.