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My browser searches are being hijacked by malware... HELP!!!

Good day. When I do browser searches in Google or Yahoo my searches seem to be getting hijacked. There are icons all around the edge of browser page. I think it may be malware. It is very annoying and slows my computer down a great deal. I have McAfee Total Protection and ran a scan last night.  It took all night to run.  It found 8 "issues" which I quarantined. Some of them were named ad..something or other and PUP .. something or another.  I rebooted and tried a search and the same thing happened. I am truly ticked at McAfee as I thought that this protection software would take care of these types of issues.

I have seen malewarebytes and other products that promise to solve this issue but now I am gun-shy of trying anything.

Help me please!!!

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8/22/2022 - Mon
James H

I would try Malwarebytes first, however if that fails you will have to try something stronger like Combofix.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

Usually those browser hijacks won't remove so easy with just Malwarebytes.
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Thank you all for responding to my need...

I tried a previous restore point of more than 30 days ago. The restore process seemed to have gone well.  However. after I re-booted and opened my Google Chrome browser the problem was still there. I have 3 browsers.. Google Chrome. Firefox, and Internet Explorer.  I tend to use Google as my search engine no matter which browser I choose at the moment.

I again tried a search on each browser and the takeover surfaced it's ugly head on each one. I will try and see if there is some "extension" or toolbar loaded in each one that is causing this. However, because the problem seems to be global across the board for all my browsers I am not confident that this is the problem.

If the tool bar issue does not work I will begin the process of selecting the malware killers as mentioned by many of you.

Question, should I run the malware killers in Safe Mode or normal mode.?

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Robert Retzer

run them in full mode. Note the malwarebytes the free version does install an application but it does not protect you in the background it only removes the current infections it finds. This application works fine in conjunction with other antivirus applications. The paid version of the application will protect you in the background as well you can run manual scans to detect infections.
Rogue Killer, adwcleaner and JRT do not install an application on your computer you just run the application when ever you need it. So you don't have to worry about un-installing the application when it is no longer needed.
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.
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Thomas Zucker-Scharff

I agree wholeheartedly that McAfee is terrible.  I stay away from AVG also - bad experience worth upgrades.  Symantec lost me when their software became a resource hog  (fixed, but I've moved on). MBA Pro is excellent especially when combined with something like Winpatrol Plus. NOD32 is also excellent.
Robert Retzer

I also dislike the McAfee products, but a number of internet service providers (ISP), are bundling they security packages with a McAfee based antivirus product so there are a lot of consumers who use this as their main sense of virus/malware protection, because it is offered free from their ISP. I try to discourage users not to use the security packages that their ISP offers them, because it is usually a resource hog and does not do a good job of protecting the user, and there is a possibility of false positives, causing havic on the users computer if the scanner removes something that is legitimate such as a driver for a piece of hardware that is install on the user's computer. McAfee pays big bucks to have ISP use their software. It is almost like an advertising gimmick.
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Good afternoon everyone. I again thank you all for your most welcome and useful responses. I was mistaken when I previously posted that the restore did not work. Initially it did not seem that the restore worked. After I restated the system after the restore I had the same problem. I waited several days and started the system again with intentions of using some of the malware apps you all mentioned.  However... I gleefully found that in fact the issue was totally solved!! All was back to normal. I confess that I have no clue what changed but I am very grateful.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
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