So, I've encountered quite the nasty little virus on my computer. Having trouble finding it and killing it. Although, I did use a bit of google to learn more about this virus, and the people that run it, and so on and so forth.
Here's the scoop.
I'm getting hidden chrome applications being run in the background of my computer, hidden from my applications tab, and my quickbar. I only learned of these when searching through my processes. There is about 20-25 of these open at a time. When I force end these processes, for a moment, I can see them appear in my application tab before they are quickly hidden from me. But, in my luck, I manage to see it's root site, the site that is ran by the data-center.
So, I googled this site.
I found their domain, their IP, their address, emails, and phone numbers and went on a bit of an adventure online to learn all I could.
Turns out, this particular website, which is one out of countless different domains pulls in about 80 visits a day, and makes 80$ a year from advertisements. Now, searchtopresults.com isn't the only website under this company's canopy. They have many many more, and, what I assume, is they make quite a lot of money raking in all these virus-driven visits from their countless amount of sites, each drawing in only a few visitors and a little bit of money at a time. I'm assuming they do this in some attempt to remain transparent. Not sure if I've uncovered a goldmine of corporate fraud, but this seems pretty sketchy.
This particular company in question is First Colo GmbH, located in Germany. (: Hanauer Landstraße 291B, 60314 Frankfurt am Main, Germany) if we want to be exact. Phone number - +49 69 1200690
One little thing I found interesting, is their domain (atleast for searchtopresults.com) is expiring in 14 days, refreshed sometime last in 2015. I have half a mind to buy up their domain under their nose in all honesty.
Anyways, fluff and such out of the way. I could use help getting rid of this virus, tried running avira, STOPzilla, and I've even tried reinstalling chrome. No dice. Any help?
P.S Also finding traces from another company called WhoIs PrivacyCorp, not sure where they play into things, but their name likes to show up a lot.