So, some sort of malware has found its way onto my PC, hijacking my browser (Chrome). I'm getting lots of ads popping up into windows and keywords are being turned into search terms that go god knows where. Neither Defender, Malware Bytes, or Spy Bot: Search and Destroy seems to know what's up. Nuking from orbit IS an option, but I'd rather not. Thoughts on other programs that might dig this crap out?
If thats happening try googling some of the programs that come up in the list. If its chrome stuff you might have to manually remove the plugins that's malware's installed in chrome after running malwarebytes has done it's thing. There's a chance you might need to find and manually delete other files and even registry entries.
Another program that might be useful:
Basically what this does is generates a report that you usually go post on their site and people try to help pick out where the malware is.
Nope. That's why it scares me. Tomorrow is me with my Windows 8 disc.
Check installed programs for anything that may have installed itself since this started. Check your browser extensions, as far as windows 8 machines go you don't have to worry about crap like Rootkits causing malware injection at this point, its mostly just actual adware getting installed somewhere that can be resolved easily enough by uninstalling it through appwiz or removing the extensions. If you run Hijackthis and post the logs I can go through them when I get a chance.
there is also autoruns
If i remember correctly the "CoolSialeCoUpon" crap can be running as a service or driver, you'd be able to see it in autoruns and remove it.
try combofix and hitman pro.
I've had experience with that exact Chrome extension and Malwarebytes absolutely detects it normally.
According to their documentation, Combofix should not be used on Windows 8
You will never ever be sure you've cleaned it all up. It's a good argument for keeping regular backups of a system image of your hard disk.