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I have a colleague who is having an issue with popups, i.e., spam popups or advertisement windows continually appearing in her browsers (IE, Firefox and Chrome). She is using a PC. She has the pop-up blocker activated in her browsers, but says that doesn't seem to be helping much. She also stated that she has Norton AntiVirus software installed on her computer and did a full system scan. The scan revealed that 37 tracking cookies have been resolved but the situation hasn't changed.

What should I advise her to do?

Thanks.
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Question by:geeta_m9
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Brad Groux earned 125 total points
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Download Spybot Search and Destroy, update the definitions and perform a scan and repair. It may take a few runs and reboots to catch them all but Spybot is one of the best and easiest on the market to use.

http://www.safer-networking.org/dl/

With that said, some specific adware/spyware software takes further troubleshooting for removal - many times booting into safe mode may be required.
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by:Michael-Best
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Download these free cleaning tools.
Boot the PC in safe mode then run each of these free cleaning tools until the problem has beed removed:

A guide is linked her:
http://www.udel.edu/it/help/anti-malware/malwarebytes-already-installed.html
 

1. Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/

2. Combo Fix http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/search/?keyword=combofix

3. Rogue Killer http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/roguekiller/

4. Hitman Pro http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/

5. TDS Killer http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/tdsskiller/

6. SuperAntiSpyware www.superantispyware.com
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by:tailoreddigital
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A quick and easy potential fix is,
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/avastbct.html

When i have a client with browser issue like this, sometimes Avast browser cleanup solves it easily.  It's a quick easy scan and does all the browsers at once.     If i find that this quick fix falls short then i use pretty much everything suggested by Brad and Michael.   They've recommended software that's well known to solve the issue.
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by:Micro-Vision
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Download ADW Cleaner its the easiest thing to use, it doesn't install anything and removes any services running that are malicious, removed all browser addons that are bad and resets the browsers back to default. Its also the most downloaded tool on the site aswell. Very easy to use. Opens up, accept the terms, scan, then clean, then reboot. If you still have stuff effecting your browser's after this tool is run then your have a Rootkit Virus and you want to use Malwarebytes anti-rootkit.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
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Thanks for all your help.
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