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Topic # 151958 11-Sep-2014 10:58
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Wasn't sure where else to post this, hopefully someone can help. I've had this annoying "Similar Products" popup in Google Chrome over the last week or so. Comes up on any site where there is an ad for something. So far it's been impossible to get rid of. Scans with Avast, Malwarebytes Anti Malware and Hitman Pro have failed to remove it. I can't see anything in my Google Chrome extensions that seem to be related with it, nor can I see any program on the computer that seems to be part of it. Any other tips?

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  Reply # 1126384 11-Sep-2014 11:08
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Does this help - https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/SkMnBUAtwFs

It may also pay to run a ToolBar removal app.

R.



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  Reply # 1126400 11-Sep-2014 11:14
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Thanks for the link. Pretty sure I have tried all of that but will have another go when I'm home tonight.

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  Reply # 1126451 11-Sep-2014 12:21
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It is almost certainly part of one of your add-ons (there is usually a very easy to miss checkbox somewhere - if they allow you to turn it off at all).
Disable all your add-ons and switch them back on one at a time.



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  Reply # 1126486 11-Sep-2014 13:01
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Thanks will try that. I haven't added any recently, and when looking at the options for the few I have I didn't see anything that was obviously related to this but maybe it came buried in an update to one. Will try tonight and report back.



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  Reply # 1126701 11-Sep-2014 18:47
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Thanks for the advice. Finally found it was to do with the Facebook notifications extension. Must have come as part of an update recently.

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  Reply # 1126773 11-Sep-2014 20:50
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Dodgy malware companies are actually buying legitimate extensions and then stuffing them full of ads.  It's a relatively recent scummy development.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2089580/spammers-buy-chrome-extensions-and-turn-them-into-adware.html

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