I need help with redirect and search hijackers.

T0xizz

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Hello! I've been infected with a large amount of popups, such as: tradeadexchanger, random porn popups, money scams like britmoneymethod, and all of that trash popups. My search has been hijacked by searching.com, and when I search on google it most likely redirects by a search hijacker, most likely bing.com, or securesearch.com. I find this really irritating especially when I'm at haste, when I need to download something, and there's a million of popups comming up, and sometimes, my mouse cursor is locked and if I press, it redirects to a popup. This is very annoying. Please help me! I tried the following:

1. I tried scanning my computer with malwarebytes, adwcleaner, avast, and anything you can imagine.

2. I looked for suspicious software but there wasn't any - not even in the Program Files, Program Files (x86), ProgramData, AppData (local, locallow, roaming) folders!!! There wasn't any in my program list too!

3. I tried looking in task manager for anything suspicious but there isn't.

4. I resetted my Google Chrome, and Firefox (my main browsers, i never use Edge, or internet explorer) about 7 times in total.

5. I looked for plugins that might cause harm, there's none. I don't have any plugins or extensions.

6. I looked in the Chrome and Firefox folder, but there wasn't any suspicious activities.

7. I reinstalled Chrome and Firefox, and followed a step where you need to go to properties and remove the start page tag after the program.

8. I went to C:/Windows/System32/drivers, and then I went to the folder where websites were stored, and removed the website names, but still, no success.

9. I removed my history about 10 times, no success.

10. I scanned my computer with CCleaner, no success.

11. I did a system scan (/sf scannow) no harmful or missing files reported.

PLEASE HELP ME!

 

t53186

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Next time, right after you do a clean install and have everything loaded the way you want, do a full backup.
Then either get protection when on the web, use a guest account, or avoid some of those site you go to.
 

T0xizz

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Is this the only solution? I had my laptop broke some months ago. HDD broke, lost all my files, and it had to be reset. It was a clean start. I had pop ups on that computer too. I'm not saying anything has to be permanent as a solution, but reinstalling my OS, will that cause all my files to be lost? As I said, the solution doesnt need to be permanent, but it would take alot of effort to do that, and it wouldn't really make sence to reinstall my whole laptop just to remove popups, and get them about 1 month later.
 

vrumor

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The popups are there due to your browsing. If you have run several malware cleaners and they are still there, reinstall. Who knows what else you have installed on your PC.
 

t53186

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Next time, right after you do a clean install and have everything loaded the way you want, do a full backup.
Then either get protection when on the web, use a guest account, or avoid some of those site you go to.
 
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