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    Spamware installed by What to do?

    I installed a PDF metadata editor from the formerly respectable site (CNET).
    Turns out they joined the DARK side:

    Despite me DECLINING all dodgy offers by the installer, it STILL installed a bunch of unwanted junk on my machine.
    I've now spent an hour on and off trying to get rid of this junk. Just as I thought I was more or less done, I get an "Alert" frrom the "Microsoft Advanced System Protector" (yeah, right...)

    I have of course checked in Add/Remove programs and uninstalled what I could find (although the uninstall hung).
    I used HijackThis and deleted all the changes this junkware used. I am trying to restore homepages for my browsers.
    I don't use antivirus, and I doubt it would have reacted to this junk which probably passes for real software.

    Does anyone know precisely WHAT unwanted junk installs and how to clear out every last bit of it?

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    The software Revo Uninstaller had a good idea what had been installed and didn't hang when i tried to uninstall.
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    MalwareBytes should be able to take care of that for you...
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    Thanks! I installed it, but it appears that my License (which I assume must be an old trial) has ended.

    I think I've cleaned this out manually, but I absolutely puke on

    I wish I could use malware bytes though. T

    This isn't malicious virus or anything, just annoying and unwanted junk that spies on people for commercial reasons.
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    You still can install MalwareBytes free version and use it. What exactly did you download from ? I did a search on "PDF metadata editor" and it came back with a long long list. Can you provide the link of the software you downloaded.
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    Yes, download and install the free version of MalwareBytes and it will clean the malware., and most other "freeware" sites have a ton of unwanted garbage that tries to install when you install the application you downloaded. After you clean up the garbage, run Ccleaner to clean out the registry entries and you'll be all set... Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by martienne View Post
    Despite me DECLINING all dodgy offers by the installer, it STILL installed a bunch of unwanted junk on my machine.
    No doubt the buttons were set for you to accept the offer even if you clicked on "decline." Just another way malware is able to sneak onto machines. Some types of malware are set up so that even if you click the "X" to close the window, it will still install the software.

    Another good program to clean out adware/malware is AdwCleaner.

    AdwCleaner Download

    AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer. By using AdwCleaner you can easily remove many of these types of programs for a better user experience on your computer and while browsing the web.
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    Free PDF Metadata Editor - Free download and software reviews - CNET
    This is the one I downloaded!

    Thanks for the great tips! I am going to give Malwarebytes a second try, and also run СССleaner, had forgotten about that.
    I'll do AdwCleaner too!

    Back in the early 2000s, was actually a good site! It's essentially stolen 2 hours of my day today, cleaning out this junk. And they wonder why people use scene releases.....
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  9. #9 (CNET) is too close to edge - not worth tarnishing your ((CNET)) name trying to trick people into installing crapware IMO
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    I installed what you gave me above and no doubt they kept insisting to click accept to continue and I kept insisting to skip and finally I got the installer for it. Went ahead and installed it, everything works fine. I guess you need to be very careful and look closely on every step. My PC is working fine and here's the screen shot:

    Click image for larger version

    EDIT: If you have a system restore point created earlier then just restore it. This is one case that it is always good to have a backup image so you won't get into trouble like this.
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