Infection date and initial symptoms
Sometime in August, maybe earlier. Initial signs were huge flow of ads loading in the status bar while on drudgereport.com. Full screen Firefox announcements with loud audio advising of infection which I closed right away. Warnings known good pages' certificates expired, Finally Drudge loads and is replaced with an "ad" in upper left corner with rotating indicator going on forever. Windows startup was lightening-fast, now bogged down.
Current issues and symptoms
Same as initial
Steps taken in order to remove the infection
Checked Firefox forum. They referred me to answers.microsoft.com, who referred me here. I did full system scans with AVG, MSE and Malwarebyted. No positives reported. Attached are FRST.txt and Addition.txt. Sorry, I did not see in the prep instructions about AdwCleaner and aswMBR logs. I will get these and add to the thread.

Dave McKeen

New Member
Hopefully everything is covered in the info boxes above. I owe you aswMBR scan log and AdwCleaner scan log.

Thanks - Dave

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TwinHeadedEagle

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Scan with ZOEK

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Dave McKeen

New Member
Hi, Drudge (DRUDGE REPORT 2016®) still has the problem. Opens normally then in a second the content is replaced by a probably bogus ad in the upper left corner. I've attached a screen shot. What should I try next?

Thanks, - Dave
 

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Dave McKeen

New Member
I'm getting a warning from Firefox that getasblocknow is trying to install an unverified ad-on. Should I bypass the warning?

Another symptom I mentioned earlier persists. When I click on
the blue activity indicator spins forever.

- Dave
 

Dave McKeen

New Member
Scanned my computer with AVG Rescue CD (boot CD) and it came up with no threats. Looks like Adblock Plus is my friend. In addition to you guys. Thaks again!