URL "http://pcspeedplus.com/scan/" keeps bringing up fake ad. How can I get rid of this?

Whenever I try to click on a news item in Yahoo, I get a popup screen from : http://pcspeedplus.com/scan/ that says "Critical Security Warning!  Your PC was infected with self-replicating virus after Spyware attack. XP Micro Antivirus will per form a free scan of your PC to find all System Threats."  This started after I saw a popup that looked like it was from Adobe Flash Player to update software and started to do the "custom" install.  I "uninstalled" the new stuff, and then started getting these popups.  Downloaded "Adblocker", changed pop-up blocker setting to "Medium" risk, and put this URL on my "Don't allow" list, but it just keeps popping up. 

 

I've tried reading everything from the Windows Fix_it info, which showed a but couldn't submit this problem to their Malware Prevention site.  It kept saying to "retry".

 

AVG Free kept popping up with : AVG Detection:  Threat: Exploit Rogue Scanner (type 831)  Object name:pcspeedplus.com/scan/

 

AVG Detailed info: Severity: High  State: Secured  Identified by: Online Shield

 

Extended element info: Port: 80

Result: Object was blocked  Type: URL

 

Finally ran a complete scan with AVG and it said "No threats" (???)

 

Not only is this still happening, but then I got a pop-up from Windows IE re: website: hidefinstall.com saying it was reported as an "unsafe" website and recommended that I go to my home page instead (which I did)

 

I am a 65 year old woman with no extra $ to pay someone to fix this.  Is there a "user-friendly" way to fix my computer?

 

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Last updated May 16, 2018 Views 771 Applies to:
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Sounds like a fake antivirus program or similar malware trying to con you into letting it install on your computer.  Suggest you review the following:



http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/antivirus-rogue.aspx



http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/09/what_to_do_when_rogue_anti-vir.html#more



http://ask-leo.com/can_i_remove_malware_myself_or_do_i_need_to_pay_someone.html?awt_l=Bg3x_&awt_m=Jx8M7GWdmZdfbL



Have you sought assistance from AVG Support or the AVG Forum?  


http://www.avg.com/us-en/support

 

http://forums.avg.com/us-en/avg-forums



Alternatively, try these “free” on demand scanners which will not interfere with your resident AV program -  you might need to run them in Safe Mode or Safe Mode With Networking:

 

Go to www.malwarebytes.org and download, install, update and run the free version – just follow the prompts.  You may need to rename the installation file to 123.exe or something similar to prevent the malware from disabling/blocking the installation.  Or you might want to download the installation file to a flash drive or CD and then install Malwarebytes on the infected computer.

 

And/or

 

Try Hitman Pro Trial Version: http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro   This program may be run from a flash drive if necessary. 

 

And/or

Try TDSS Killer:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-tdss-tdl3-alureon-rootkit-using-tdsskiller  TDSS Killer may be run from a flash drive if necessary.

 

And/or

Try the Eset Online Scanner: http://go.eset.com/us/online-scanner

 

And/or

  

Try this MS scanner: http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

 

And/Or 

 

You may need to use one or more of the following offline scanners - you'll need to burn a CD using a different computer and change the boot sequence on your computer to run the scan - instructions are included with the links:

 

http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/rescuedisk?level=2

http://www.f-secure.com/en_EMEA-Labs/security-threats/tools/rescue-cd/

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline

 

Regards...

 

 

 

MVP Consumer Security 2014-2016
Windows Insider MVP 2016-2018

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From the link:

"AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer.  By using AdwCleaner you can easily remove many of these types of programs for a better user experience on your computer and while browsing the web.

The types of programs that AdwCleaner targets are typically bundled with free programs that you download from the web.  In many cases when you download and install a program, the install will state that these programs will be installed along with the program you downloaded.  Unless you perform a Custom install, these unwanted programs will automatically be installed on your computer leaving you with extra browser toolbars, adware, and other unwanted programs.  AdwCleaner is designed to search for and remove these types of programs."

 

AVG is, of course, an antivirus program. MBAM targets spyware, but also handles some viruses and Trojans.

 

-steve

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Windows Insider MVP (Security), Moderator Microsoft Community

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