Hello, thank you for reading my post.
Somehow, over the course of the past few months, I picked up a very, very elusive bit of malware. I believe it's called "Netutils," as on certain websites the ads that show say "powered by netutils" at the bottom. So here are my Symptoms:
-Upon loading certain websites, my popup blocker blocks ~60ish ads.
-Certain websites are unresponsive all of a sudden; whereas the mouse would normally turn into the pointing finger over, say, a hyperlink, it stays as the default pointer. Then, if I click anywhere on the page, either a generic spam site pops up in a new window or, on the same tab, I am redirected to a page on the following site:
Which then redirects to a generic spam site. It then re-opens the page I was trying to visit in a new tab.
-Upon starting the PC, I am met with an error message with the title "UpdaterStartupUtility.exe." The message says something to the affect of "NetUtils.DLL can not be found" or something similar. There is 2 files in my /system32 called NetUtils.DLL and NetUtils2016.DLL, but when trying to delete it I am not allowed to because they are open in Windows Explorer.
I have searched this website, I have searched through search engines, I have tried multiple antiviruses (Avast!, AVG, WinDefender, Sophos, and others I can't think of,) I have tried several registry "fixes" that have to do with Proxies, I have completely removed and re-installed all of my browsers (Chrome is so infected it won't even open at this point.) I'm blocked from installing malwarebytes (Upon running the installer I get an error that says "runtime error (at 46:120): Could not call proc.") and at one point, I gave up and just tolerated it for a while. My last resort is re-formatting my pc, however if I have to, I will. I don't think it's a "bootkit," however I don't know much about them so I may be wrong.
If anyone has any advice or other possible antimalware programs for me to try, I'm willing to give them a shot. Thanks in advance!