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Yesterday Avast removed my SafeZone browser and required I download their new Secure browser. I now have pop up ads on just about every page I go to including the side panels of my Yahoo email page. I didn't have these before the browser change. I'm using Avast Pro and Malwarebytes Premium , Adaware and CCcleaner free versions. I see CCcleaner may be a problem. I tried using Mozilla/Firefox . The ads were still there. Should I uninstall CCcleaner? What can I do to track down and clean up these pop up ads? Any suggestions would be appreciated. If this question should be posted in a different forum, let me know. Thanks
I went to a site from search and clicked on a music file. I saw a small flash at the side of my monitor like a very fast download. Next a voice came through my computer speakers and said that my computer had been compromised. I then found a pop up on my screen instructing me to call microsoft at the number on the screen. I did not touch anything but used the task manager to close the site and pop up. I use pcmatic Evergreen and also keep malwarebytes pro on my computer to run manually. I use windows firewall and supershield. I ran extensive scans but nothing turned up. My concern is because of an article I read about a virus or bad program that gets into your computer and silently collects sensitive information and you may never know it is there until you start getting strange charges on your credit cards and other unauthorized transactions. I have changed passwords on accounts but wonder if that would do any good if something is already in my computer collecting everything I do. I am also watching my accounts really close. Should I be concerned if I have not seen any evidence in over a week, and since my security programs did not turn up anything? I have Windows 7 Ultimate with latest service pack if it matters. Windows update on is on auto, pcmatic is on auto. I shut down and unplug my computer every night and also unplug my external drives.