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My Google page changed, think I got infected - Please help

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    Loulé, Algarve
    Posts : 52
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64

    My Google page changed, think I got infected - Please help

    I got a brand new laptop yesterday, spent the entire night transfering all files, installing all apps/updates and unninstalling bloatware (unninstalled McAfee that came with the laptop and installed Bitdefender).

    In the middle of all this, I went to open Chrome and suddently I noticed my Google page looked something like this (not a PrtScreen):

    And whenever I search something, the results look nothing like they normally look.

    Obviously Google doesn't look like this, so obviously I must've got some infection somehow. So I installed Bitdefender and MalwareBytes, and combined they found like 4 or 5 issues that were easily fixed (can't remember the names exactly, but I know one of the infections was a "INetCookie" or something like that in my AppData folder). After that it still shows google like that...

    It can't be the USB drives I used to transfer files and apps, because I used Bitdefender on another computer to scan for viruses and found nothing. I also tried clearing cache, history and cookies...nothing. Formatting OS is not an option, this happened while I was preparing everything to make the backup like I wanted it to be...which was probably my biggest mistake, now that I think about it

    I'm at a loss here, could somebody please help me?

    Thank you for your time.

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    Posts : 374
    Win 8.1 64bit

    Random thoughts:

    Did you set Chrome with a desired homepage after installation ? Was Chrome part of the file transfer or a new download of Chrome ?

    Run AdwCleaner

    Or uninstall Chrome and run a scan. Should be able to save your Chrome data. Then reinstall.
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    In addition to running AdwCleaner, it might be a good idea to d/l & run a scan with Malwarebytes. The free version will work fine, just be sure to uncheck "start free pro version trial" box when the installation is finished.
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My Google page changed, think I got infected - Please help

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