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And now random ads are appearing in my apps!

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    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player

    And now random ads are appearing in my apps!


    I've already posted one app-related thread this evening:

    Store app started using Greek language

    And now yet more crazy things happening.

    I play Microsoft Solitaire, Mahjong and Sudoku, including the daily challenges. I play these almost every day.

    Today I had Solitaire open while I was doing other things (including writing the other post). When I went back to the app it reloaded (as normal) but then an ad started to play. This was an ad for a different Microsoft game and it was not possible to close the ad, I just had to wait for it to finish, after which my game loaded as normal.

    I played a couple of games, clicked on the next one, and once again got an ad first.

    This happened several times, sometimes an ad before each game, sometimes I could play 2 or 3 games before getting another ad. The ads are random. I've seen ads for Bingo, Solitaire, Mahjong, Sudoku and some other Microsoft games.

    I tried playing games from a Solitaire Star Collection - same thing - I got ads.

    I tried playing games from the Mahjong Daily Challenges. Again I got ads.

    I didn't try Sudoku because frankly I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going mad .

    This DID NOT happen yesterday when I played these same games.

    My partner is sitting next to me playing the same games and he is not getting these random ads appearing.

    What is going on with my Store apps?

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    You must have a "guest" on the computer, you can start by downloading and using https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/ it may clean it up. Make sure you decline offer for Pro upgrade.
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    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    You must have a "guest" on the computer, you can start by downloading and using https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/ it may clean it up. Make sure you decline offer for Pro upgrade.
    Scanned with Malwarebytes and my own antivirus (Emsisoft). Neither found anything suspicious.

    On the result of the Malwarebytes scan it said Rootkits was disabled. Not sure if this is significant?

    Today I have fewer ads running, but they are still there.

    What would you suggest doing next? Would a refresh or restoring a recent system image sort it or is there anything less drastic that I could try first?
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Download and run ADWCleaner Free to rid of ad popups
    AdwCleaner Download
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    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Download and run ADWCleaner Free to rid of ad popups
    AdwCleaner Download
    Thanks for this Nuccii.

    I didn't actually try it in the end, because I was getting all sorts of IE related problems, including IE freezing and being unable to close it down as the whole laptop froze, including shutdown (waited more than 30mins before powering down). So in the end I decided to restore a System Image from a couple of weeks ago, which has given me a few other problems, but my Microsoft games no longer have random ads appearing.

    I will keep the link for future use though.

    I already have Adblockplus installed on IE. Would this program complement that?
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