So it looks like I've managed to pick up some malware in the form of a browser hijack (my least favourite kind). Usually I just run some anti-malware software and follow a guide or two and it's sorted. In this case though I have to say I've tried everything I can think of and while it's effects are lesser it's still very much there.
All the guides online act under the assumption that there is an install and a chrome plugin related to "catered for you" but in my instance there just isn't either. I guess they have done something pretty smart to pull this off. I should probably mention as well that "playthruplayer" was also installed but I've managed to get rid of that - as far as I can tell at least. They both piggy backed on some freeware as far as I can tell.
So far I have tried the following software to get rid of it:
Avast, AdwCleaner, Malwarebytes and HitmanPro
I've also reset chrome to default settings and checked through all the usual stuff like homepage defaults. I've also checked the extensions and disabled them but there's nothing I didn't use before there.
I did some searches and I can find the temp files it creates in the AppData folder but I can only assume the main files are elsewhere are those just get recreated when I open chrome again.
It looks like some of what I did has stopped the pop-ups but it's still putting searches at the top of google and a big sidebar of related links on any other site.
Forgot to mention - I'm running windows 7.
Any suggestions/insight would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by funkmastat, 04 November 2015 - 10:09 AM.