Originally Posted by Cormorant
For really deep malware, try Combofix.
Thanks for the tip Cormorant.
I've been travelling for 4 days so have not been able to work on this issue so much recently.
But what I have done (in addition to Trends's previous suggested tasks) is the following:
(Combofix also suggested, but it seems like a potentially pretty big gun after I read a few googled links, so I'm disregarding that for now)
Despite completing the above, I still just now got a pop-up, from this URL:
http:// www. totaladperformance .com/ad /display .php?r=316091 (DO NOT GO THERE, MAY BE MALICIOUS)
I googled "Totaladperformance" and few of the links had something that caught my eye:
Chrome keeps opening tabs with the adres www.totaladperformance.com : techsupport
at the bottom there is this instruction:
"Go into settings, chrome://settings/ , in the "on startup" area there is a radio
button that says something like open a set page or pages. With a link that will open a small dialog box. In that dialog box remove everything in there except the stuff you want to open.
This should be looked at as well as running your favorite ad cleaning software
I had a link in the above described location and I deleted it just now, still need to use the chrome browser to see if there is any change.
Also found another link which sounds promising:
Remove totaladperformance.com Pop Up Ads | The FreeFixer Blog
at about 2/3 down the page there is a commnet by "Tomi":
all you have to do to get rid of totaladperformance is uninstall Chrome extension called Adblock Super. Thatís it.
So that would imply that my Adblock Super extension is the source of the problem. But it is a bit strange since that extension is supposed to block ads, not increase them... I will try that a bit later, after some testing first.
So at the moment I'm thinking that maybe I don't have an infection, hopefully, maybe it's just in chrome settings or it's the Adblock Super...
PS, trying to proceed cautiosly, as in most cases what one reads in the internet one has no way to determine the credibility of the source. Someone saying they are legitimate maybe the exact opposite. For example, there are antivirus scans which actually install viruses/malware, and so on..