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help! random pop ups driving me nuts!

hey all,

i keep getting pop-ups randomly appear whenever the computer is idle for 20 minutes or longer... i use google chrome as my browser and the pop-ups are always opened through explorer which i never use... is this a virus? i tried running a anti-spyware program to get rid of them to no avail... as well... when i try using google to search in firefox it reroutes either to whatever random site it feels like at the time or to another search engine displaying the results for whatever i was searching for through google... what is this?

i'm assuming this is something i picked up from a website i visited... this started a few days ago when trying to watch a video clip and the site said i needed the latest version of flash player and gave me a link right there to download it from... now that i'm thinking of it i'm positive that's gotta be where this all started...

anyways.. anyone know how i can fix this and get things back to normal? any help at all would be appreciated thanks.

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Have you tried scanning using...

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Online scan?
SUPERAntiSpyware Online Safe Scan: http://www.superantispyware.com/onlinescan.html
MalAware: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/malaware/ Note: Using MalAware offers no removal but we just need to see first if it'll detect anything in your system. If it found any, you will need to use A-squared Free to quarantine the detected items.
Microsoft Live OneCare online scanner: http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm

Or have you tried scanning using Malwarebytes Antimalware (MBAM) http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

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first problem solved... but i got another one for ya

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hey Donna!

Thanks so much for your suggestions! So i tried the SUPERAntiSpyware Online Safe Scan... that caught and cleared out a pile of stuff ... Also tried the Malwarebytes Antimalware which i didn't expect to work as i had tried installing and running that about 6 months ago at someones suggestion to clear up a DNSchanger virus and at the time it didn't work... it was being blocked i could download and install but not run the program... but this time it worked perfectly... aparently the DNS thingy was still on the computer .. not anymore Happy
as far as i can tell all the problems from the post have been cleared up so thank you thank you thank you!

i did want to ask about an ongoing problem i had posted about sometime ago that i've been hoping to find a solution for without drastic measures being necessary

as i was rebooting following the scans just before the xp logo comes up i get a blue screen telling me that disk check was unsuccessful as the NTFS system was not found... i'm assuming this is related to why i cant' run the dskchk utility on my computer... i ask because this is a problem that prevents me from being able to run any defragger on my computer... i need to run the chkdsk utility first and i can't... any chance you might know what the problem is or how i can fix this without having to wipe the drive?

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Glad the tools has cleaned the system :) As to the other 1..

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Regarding your duplicate post at Computer Help..

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I noticed you also posted in the Computer Help forum. We try to discourage duplicating posts, as it also duplicates work. I'm going to lock the thread there, with the hopes we can concentrate on resolving your issue here.

Thanks for your co-operation and understanding..

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RE: duplicate posts

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hey there
no worries sorry about that... when i was trying to post it this morning i kept getting an error msg of sorts that led me to believe that it wasn't getting posted , so that's how i ended up posting in two different sections... again sorry about that, i'm not looking to create extra work here for anyone Happy

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(NT) NO problem.. whatsoever!

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