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There is a Portable Version of many browsers that can run from the folder and on a usb stick.
Waterfox Portable. Firefox 32bit and 64bit Portable, Opera Portable, ect.


It's better to do a antivirus scan from a separate OS\drive. Install a temp\trial version of windows on a spare drive, usb stick, ect. I would try avgast free, avg free, and others. You likely will have to install one then unistall it and install a 2nd one. Sometimes the virus can fool the antivirus or keep moving around, scanning the OS drive remotely can stop this from happening. Some of them also have a bootable usb version too that uses a version of dos or linux to run.
 

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I apologize if I'm getting upset, but it's because I asked for antivirus programs and everyone wants to try to teach me how to use a PC. I already know how and do the same things you all do. I play games and watch youtube. I don't go to sketchy sites. I've not had a virus problem in about 8 years. And I've done nothing different since. I don;t need to know how people get viruses, I only want to know what the best software out there is for dealing with it. That's it.
 

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It's a risk too because sometimes antivirus's can wrongly delete\block files that are not viruses. Ones that often show up as a virus are game drm files, things like that. Now it deletes the encrypted game patch and the game wont load for example.
 

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I understand what you mean but what you have to understand on your side is that a few things can cause what you're explaining. I had to make sure it wasn't your settings since some virus will change that. Thanks for letting me know this isn't this.

Now. Unwanted programs. Go to your Windows add/remove programs. Do you see anything "tool bar" or "search engine" or anything suspicious. There is a good chance that you already removed the virus but the action that the virus done to your system is persistent. Which would mean that something somewhere is redirecting your google search to bing. An unwanted program could easily be the cause and removing it will fix your issue.

You already scanned your system for virus and malwares a few time. If they did not detect anything there is no way that you will try 150 more anti-virus to be sure. Consider your PC clean right now but still being affected by what the virus did.
Yes, I went to control panel and into the uninstall area. Everything there is normal. I even checked the processes area of task manager, because that's where I located the last virus I had years ago. Spyhunter says the issue is the exact same name of the one I took care of years ago that kept popping up in processes back then. It's not showing up there now though.

I scanned with different programs. The ones all of you suggested found nothing. Spyhunter found a few but won't delete them unless I pay money. If I'm going to pay money, I want something better than free Spyhunter. Malwarebytes takes hours to scan what Spyhunter does within 5 minutes. So right now Spyhunter is the only one that actually finds the problem, but won't do anything without payment. I just want a list of alternative in case Spyhunter is [Moderater edit to remove profanity. Remember this is a family friendly forum.] me.


No, PC isn't clean until the problem stops. I know a tiny bit about programming and I know if something is happening, then there's still a script there telling it to keep doing it.
 
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I always think Kaspersky is the best antivirus software
Think or know? Have you tested it? I'm asking because I saw that name before when I googled this issue, but I don't trust those results because those companies pay reviewers to claim their --- is better than it is. I need user tested software. I'm looking for a proven guarantee.
 
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Yes, I went to control panel and into the uninstall area. Everything there is normal. I even checked the processes area of task manager, because that's where I located the last virus I had years ago. Spyhunter says the issue is the exact same name of the one I took care of years ago that kept popping up in processes back then. It's not showing up there now though.

I scanned with different programs. The ones all of you suggested found nothing. Spyhunter found a few but won't delete them unless I pay money. If I'm going to pay money, I want something better than free Spyhunter. Malwarebytes takes hours to scan what Spyhunter does within 5 minutes. So right now Spyhunter is the only one that actually finds the problem, but won't do anything without payment. I just want a list of alternative in case Spyhunter is bullshitting me.

No, PC isn't clean until the problem stops. I know a tiny bit about programming and I know if something is happening, then there's still a script there telling it to keep doing it.
What does spyhunter finds exactly? Can you name what it's finding? Please?
 

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Think or know? Have you tested it? I'm asking because I saw that name before when I googled this issue, but I don't trust those results because those companies pay reviewers to claim their <Mod Edit> is better than it is. I need user tested software. I'm looking for a proven guarantee.
You wont find that. There does not exist a single AV suit that will work unilaterally, youll never get a guarantee from an AV scan.
 
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What does spyhunter finds exactly? Can you name what it's finding? Please?
Yeah, give me a few to re-download it and scan again. I can't remember off the top of my head. I only remember one had PUP in the name which we all know what it means. The other two were also pups according to google. But I'll be right back with the results.
 

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You wont find that. There does not exist a single AV suit that will work unilaterally, youll never get a guarantee from an AV scan.
You're so not helping. I wish you'd just stop trying. Sorry if rude, but I'm beyond saying it nice to spare your feelings right now. Please, just stop responding in my thread. I don't care if you're a moderator or not. Respect the job and leave me alone since I'm trying to asking you nicely. Thank you.
 

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Yeah, give me a few to re-download it and scan again. I can't remember off the top of my head. I only remember one had PUP in the name which we all know what it means. The other two were also pups according to google. But I'll be right back with the results.
Adware.Baidu(2 objects) - Adware.S5mark (3 objects) - PUP.Pro (1 object) - PUP.Proxy (5 objects). That's just within the first few moments.

Edit: Malware.Generic (1 object) - Conduit Search/Toolbar (1 object). I think the search toolbar part is the one causing my issue. Since It redirects me to bing when I'm trying to use google. But what do I know, I am not familiar with viruses.
 
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Addressing potential issues with expectations is important for any thread, not just for the OP but for any user who comes across these threads from the forums or google searches as well.
Then deal with their problem as it comes up. I'm asking you as nicely as I can to please leave me alone. I do not want to speak with you and I do not want you replying in my thread. I have my reasons and this is not the appropriate place to discuss them. If you have further questions, concerns, or comments, please send them to me in a private message.
 

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What does spyhunter finds exactly? Can you name what it's finding? Please?
Adware.Baidu(2 objects) - Adware.S5mark (3 objects) - PUP.Pro (1 object) - PUP.Proxy (5 objects). That's just within the first few moments.

Edit: Malware.Generic (1 object) - Conduit Search/Toolbar (1 object). I think the search toolbar part is the one causing my issue. Since It redirects me to bing when I'm trying to use google. But what do I know, I am not familiar with viruses.

But none of the free programs suggested found those. Is Spyhunter lying to trick me into buying their premium?
 

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So, what is a user tested, easy to use, no run arounds, no tricks to squeeze more money, actually finds ALL viruses and spyware that any other software can find, fast (don't want to wait for hours long scans) type of antivirus program? Or am I hoping for a miracle program that doesn't exist yet?
Closest I have come to answering all those is Bit Defender, its only down side is the initial full system scan can take a while (depending on how much is on system). It doesn't bug you for anything once its installed, only alerting you if it has to. I have used it for about 3 years now.

I have used Avast - they ask for money all the time even if you paid subscriber. I would never run Norton Again. I don't think I have used MacAfee although I have used pc's with it on. Bitdefender is the least annoying of all the ones I have tried.
 

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Closest I have come to answering all those is Bit Defender, its only down side is the initial full system scan can take a while (depending on how much is on system). It doesn't bug you for anything once its installed, only alerting you if it has to. I have used it for about 3 years now.

I have used Avast - they ask for money all the time even if you paid subscriber. I would never run Norton Again. I don't think I have used MacAfee although I have used pc's with it on. Bitdefender is the least annoying of all the ones I have tried.
Covered all of those above.
 

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Closest I have come to answering all those is Bit Defender, its only down side is the initial full system scan can take a while (depending on how much is on system). It doesn't bug you for anything once its installed, only alerting you if it has to. I have used it for about 3 years now.

I have used Avast - they ask for money all the time even if you paid subscriber. I would never run Norton Again. I don't think I have used MacAfee although I have used pc's with it on. Bitdefender is the least annoying of all the ones I have tried.
Literally just tried BitDefender while this thread was going. It found nothing. Even though SpyHunter did, but won't do anything unless I pay. I'm ok with paying as long as it will do the job. But I suspect SpyHunter is lying just to make me pay money to make it actually do nothing and just claim it took care of it. I'm looking for a guarantee problem solved type of thing. Even If I gotta throw money at it.
 

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Adware.Baidu(2 objects) - Adware.S5mark (3 objects) - PUP.Pro (1 object) - PUP.Proxy (5 objects). That's just within the first few moments.
Symtoms:
Adware.Baidu
  • Advertising banners are injected with the web pages that you are visiting.
  • Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks.
  • Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software.
  • Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user’s knowledge.
Adware.S5mark
  • S5Mark is an adware program that displays pop-up ads and unwanted advertisements on web pages that you visit. These S5Mark advertisements will be shown as boxes containing coupons, as underlined keywords (in-text ads), pop-up ads or advertising banners.
PUP.Pro
  • Power Clean Pro 2019 PUP is a potentially unwanted program that states it scans Windows for Malware/Pup Threats, ways to Enhance System Performance, System/User Software Related issues, and Startup/Uninstall and User Items. When Power Clean Pro 2019 scans a computer it will list a variety of detected issues, but state that you need to first purchase a license before you can fix them.
PUP.Proxy
  • PUP.Proxy Gate is a malicious program that makes you stop surfing the internet properly. There are many programs that may harm your internet speed and data stored in your computer if you try to download, install or open it through any free websites or through unreliable sources. Sometimes the effect of this types of programs is not seen easily while working on internet or during internet surfing. You will only notice it while the internet or computer performs very slowly to give the outcomes. This is a big threat and you cannot be safe until you go for a secure process to get rid of it. There are some manual processes that help you to clean PUP.Proxy Gate. But you can also delete or clean PUP.Proxy Gate by using PUP.Proxy Gate removal tool on your computer.
Conduit Search Toolbar
  • Conduit is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage to and default search engine to search.conduit.com, and install a Conduit toolbar.
Malware.Generic
  • Generic.Malware/Suspicious is Malwarebytes’ detection name given to files which trigger our generic criteria for suspicious files. This means they show characteristics that lead to believe they are malware.
As you can see. You have some very nasty things on your computer and some of them are describing what you're experiencing. Especially the "You have to pay to remove the virus" one. Spyhunter might not even work properly because of that and it should remove them but can't because of that one virus.

As to how you're gonna remove all of that. I would still go for the total wipe and clean install of Windows. It looks like a lot of job to remove all of this. Since you're already infected all of these might not let you remove them at all. At this point formatting is a faster solution.

Sorry about the bad news but sometime it's just best to format when you have that many nasty things on your system or you can try to remove them by doing a research on each one with another system and do them one by one. I do not recommend this since it's not 100% sure it will even work and be left with a clean PC after all of this.
 
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You're so not helping. I wish you'd just stop trying. Sorry if rude, but I'm beyond saying it nice to spare your feelings right now. Please, just stop responding in my thread. I don't care if you're a moderator or not. Respect the job and leave me alone since I'm trying to asking you nicely. Thank you.
Or am I hoping for a miracle program that doesn't exist yet?
 

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Think or know? Have you tested it? I'm asking because I saw that name before when I googled this issue, but I don't trust those results because those companies pay reviewers to claim their <Mod Edit> is better than it is. I need user tested software. I'm looking for a proven guarantee.
I used it for a number of years. It seemed good to me. I don't see how anyone can definitively know which AV software is best.
 
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There is no 100% guarantee.
There is no single best tool that will always find everything.
There is no single tool that will be the best for all time. What is #1 today might be second place next week.

Of course, the best antivirus/antimalware tool is one you already have, costs $0, and is completely cross-platform.
 

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@TheShaun:

Please remember that people who reply to your posts are indeed trying to help you. We are all volunteers and one strength of this Forum is decorum. And do remember that this is a family friendly forum. No need for profanity.

I have scanned through all of your posts and the responses.

That said, I will be straightforward - there is no "best" AV.

Two reasons:

1) "best" is subjective" without some specific criteria for measurement.

2) Things are always changing, some software will be quicker to identify a potential threat faster than others and for the most part the threats are expanding. Dark clouds do not always mean a thunderstorm but it serves us all well to pay attention to the sky. We have to accept false positives. It is necessary trade-off.

Unexplained computer behavior does not always mean a virus or malware. There are many, many things that can and do go astray. I am starting to watch Task Scheduler - seems to be becoming a source for odd things that appear to happen. Take a look at the Task Scheduler Library - did you put all those things there?

PUPs are always sneaking in. At least we can learn that they are on our system and hopefully stoppable and removable .

As for Bing/Google. It has happened to me several times that one computer or another reverts back to Bing as the default. Generally after some Windows update. I just go back and reset to Google. Agree that resets should not be necessary but much is done in the name of performance and security....

You are of course free to make you own assessments and decisions but an open mind will serve you well.

Will end with that.
 

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Shaun you wont get help if you get abusive , this is what i use.
Kaspersky paid for anti virus.
Defender once a week scan , i dont run it in background.
Malware bytes free , you get a few weeks premium use when you first get it or after a major update.
If you have never used malware bytes run it and if it finds anything you MUST do repeat scans till it finds nothing , this is because not all threats are deleted on first pass as they are made up of segments .

DONT get mcAfee , i once tried it and malware bytes kept finding items mcAfee kept missing.
 

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What you are asking for doesn't exist.

All AV software is designed in all cases to remove infections before they happen or before they spread. Looking through the list of infections you have I can tell you at least 3 of them there is NO commercial software that will automatically remove them. NONE. I have been using Bitdefender for years, its the best AV you can get and has tested tops everywhere, it would have caught these before they happened, but I have no expectations that if I had turned it off and turned it back on it could remove them. It just doesn't work like that.

Removing such infections can be done one of two ways. TBH the easiest method was mentioned, wipe and reinstall, this is the reason for good backups. As you could be back up and running in under an hour.

The second way involves identifying the infected files for each and using various sometimes complicated methods for removal.

I hesitate to recommend other places but Bleeping Computer has some very excellent guides for removal of specific viruses and malware:
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/

Search out each one in there and follow the process for removal. Keep in mind this can be complicated and time consuming and it doesn't always work. Should you not be able to find a solution there, that forum has a full section of people who do nothing but virus removal and can help you. Again this is TIME CONSUMING and requires a lot of patience.

Follow this guide before posting:

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/

Here is the forum to post in:

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-help/

This is the only way you are getting this done, other than wiping and restarting, which IMO is a heck of a lot easier.

Now I'm going to put my moderator hat on here, people have been trying to help within their scope of knowledge. Not everyone knows everything in depth about every problem, we are staffed with volunteer users and moderators. Speaking to them like this:

You're so not helping. I wish you'd just stop trying. Sorry if rude, but I'm beyond saying it nice to spare your feelings right now. Please, just stop responding in my thread. I don't care if you're a moderator or not. Respect the job and leave me alone since I'm trying to asking you nicely. Thank you.
Then deal with their problem as it comes up. I'm asking you as nicely as I can to please leave me alone. I do not want to speak with you and I do not want you replying in my thread. I have my reasons and this is not the appropriate place to discuss them. If you have further questions, concerns, or comments, please send them to me in a private message.
Is unacceptable. I don't care how much you say you're asking nicely, telling folks to go away because they don't have the exact solution to your impossible problem is rude.

I've given you a roadmap here which requires time and patience. I hope you can follow it.
 
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