I have a four month old Toshiba Qusmio all in one PC running windows 8.1
for the laST 2 months my browsing is a nightmare as I am constantly plagued with adware, some of it noisy vidio covering most of the screen, I have tried endless suggestions as how to get rid of this stuff but nothing has much success, Will doing a computer refresh from PC settings get rid of it ?
As Fruit Bat /\0/\ really. First of all open IE then go to tools, internet options, advanced tab and reset IE. Go to Bleeping Computers, download AdwCleaner and Junkware removal tool (scroll down for that link).
Close all browsers and run AdwCleaner. Run as default and clean all it finds. It will the call for a reboot.
Check your browsers. It will do no harm if you then run the Junkware removal tool as a final clean - up.
Lastly download Avast! free from the link. On installing always use the 'custom' install. That will allow you to untick boxes for Google toolbars and other junk etc. which you don't need. Register with them.
Avast will automatically disable the poor Defender program supplied by Microsoft.
There are other free antimalware programs you should download but we'll leave them for now to see if your machine is working ok first.
Methinks that you are the author of your own misfortunes. Although how you have managed to download this rubbish I have no idea.
Equally, as all browsers are free, you would not wish to deny some advertising revenue, would you?
Once you have got rid of the stuff, which will include clearing all your old back-ups and System Restoration Files, you are going to have to consider what you use the internet for, and how you go about it, or you will be back to square one again in no time at all.
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