Significant Virus in Chrome?

Richard Korts
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is there a Serious Chrome virus?

Came back to computer after about 2 hours, chrome screen TOTALLY black.

Later, got an error with a red screen, said microsoft was fixing, so I thought obvious virus trying to drag me in further.

Tried to close chrome (Windows 10), close task, disallowed.

Restarted Windows, OK for now.

Using Avast anti Virus.
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Top Expert 2016

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run malwarebyres there is a difference between malware and virus's
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Just Clear Browsing Data in Setting / Advance / Privacy and Security

Probably you've downloaded some malware and is starting in Chrome as Add-on but you'll not see it as add-on.
I got same one few days ago from y2mate com. Really annoying one
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OK, I got Malwarebytes, had it on prior computers, of course they don't give a damn, running now, found a couple of minor things. $40, but I know it's good to have.

I SERIOUSLY doubt that caused what happened to me, but I suppose it's possible.

Several times Yahoo has somehow forced it's way to becoming the default search engine. Kind of funny in a way, Google not the default search in a Google product? Hello!! You'd think they would protect against that.
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Top Expert 2013

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i think it can be caused by a windows update ...check that
Test your restores, not your backups...
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I have seen open Windows be all black after the computer has sat for a while.  Nothing fixed it for me (clicking on them, changing Window size, etc), but interestingly right clicking on the Chrome icon in the taskbar and doing "New Window" opened a new window  that was normal, and restored the content in the existing windows.

Not sure if this could be a Chrome bug, a Windows bug, or a video driver of some sort, but I don't think it was malware.

I haven't seen it for a few weeks now, perhaps a Chrome update or Windows update resolved it, or maybe just a reboot here...

One other thing I just thought of, I did recently clean up my Chrome extensions, removing a few that I no longer used, etc.  You might want to review active apps and extensions and remove any extras.  Also you could try running in safe mode to see if the problem occurs there.

A few other things you can look at here if the problem returns:



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The black screen was relatively minor. The later problem, screen mostly RED with an inviting "click here" in a popup looked VERY much like a severe virus attack, answering that in the encouraged way I was sure would cause bad things. I could not click out of Chrome by using the red X in the extreme upper right. I had to invoke task manager (ctrl-Alt-Delete) and force close the chrome task.

Restart of Chrome, it was fine.

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