Help with annoying adware thing


Greg H

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Hello!

I have Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 and I run AIG which is an online aircraft livery program. This is on Win11 Pro, using only MS Defender. Some of the liveries require a manual install, where the AIG Controller directs you to a site to download the livery manually. Anyway, with that as the background, I selected the option to manually install a livery only to be redirected onto an apparently dodgy site. The site flashed a few blank pages which indicated that I was being redirected. Almost immediately, a message popped up in the bottom right of my screen warning I have a virus and must click a button to clean. Now I'm not an idiot, was not going to click that button. Then I would no doubt have a virus! This message continually came up even when I closed the browser and rebooted. The message had yowa.co.in as the issue.

So what I did:
Went into Notification Settings - disabled the notification for yowa.co.in. It was the top entry. Rebooted. That seemed to stop the incessant warning message boxes.
Went into Edge and cleared all cookies (yowa.co.in) was in there.
Ran a Quick Scan using MS Defender - no reported issues.
Ran Regedit, searched yowa.co.in and found three entries. Deleted all three reg Keys entirely. (Note CCleaner Pro did not pick these up as issued when I ran the Registry Scan first).
Added yowa.co.in to the blocked list for saving and reading cookies.

I think I have gotten rid of it. Any other ideas to check and be sure? I really don't want to be installing more stuff like Malware Bytes to scan the PC. I doubt it is malware, just annoying adware running through MS Edge.

Thanks
 

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    Windows 11 Professional
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    Intel Core i7 14700K
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    MSI Z790 Gaming Pro Wifi
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    32GB 6000MHz DDR5 Corsair Dominator (2 x 16GB)
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    DeepCool LS720SE 360mm AIO Liquid Cooling
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    Logitec G915
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    Logitec G502X Plus
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    75Mb up/down
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    Edge
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    Windows Defender
I really don't want to be installing more stuff like Malware Bytes to scan the PC.
Hi, Greg.
If I was concerned, I’d be ready to install 10 different things if I needed to. Malwarebites uninstalls as easy as it installs as far as I know. Peace of mind?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
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    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
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    Laptop
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    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
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    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
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    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
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    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Thanks all - and your point is well taken @antspants.

When I built this PC (quite recently) I swore to myself that I would avoid installing anything "extra" and keep it clean and light. Only really use it for flight simming. But yeah, I think I might need to lower my self-imposed restriction a little to be safe. Out of interest, I have since had comms from the developer of AIG and the download site I was directed to is suspected to have been taken over by bad actors. Apparently, this particular site is hosted in Ukraine, may have been abandoned due to the ongoing war. AIG is addressing this and removing this download option for the time being.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Professional
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 14700K
    Motherboard
    MSI Z790 Gaming Pro Wifi
    Memory
    32GB 6000MHz DDR5 Corsair Dominator (2 x 16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Palit RTX 4070Ti Super 16GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell Q3223Q 32 inch 4K 144Hz with FreeSync and G-Sync compatible
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3 x 1TB Corsair MP700 Nvme's
    PSU
    Corsair RM1200x Shift 1200W
    Case
    Antec P20C A-RGB E-ATX
    Cooling
    DeepCool LS720SE 360mm AIO Liquid Cooling
    Keyboard
    Logitec G915
    Mouse
    Logitec G502X Plus
    Internet Speed
    75Mb up/down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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    Win 11 Home & 🐥.
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    ACER Nitro AN16-41
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    AMD Ryzen™ 7 7735HS Processor 3.2Ghz
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    RB Sierra_PEH (FP7)
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    32 GB DDR5 4800MHz
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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6
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    16" QHD+ 165Hz 16:10 IPS Technology
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    1920 X 1200
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    Samsung 990 PRO 2TB
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    330 Watts
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    Lenovo Bluetooth.
    Internet Speed
    500 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
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    Windows 11
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    ACER NITRO
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    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H / 3.2 GHz
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    CZ Scala_CAS (FP6)
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    32 GB DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz
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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 SDRAM
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    Realtek Audio. NVIDIA High Definition Audio
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    15.6" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 144 Hz
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    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB NVMe M.2
    PSU
    180 Watt, 19.5 V
    Mouse
    Lenovo Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
When I built this PC (quite recently) I swore to myself that I would avoid installing anything "extra"

Greg, there is one piece of software that I would encourage you to install, that is REVO Uninstaller Free Edition.

If you have REVO as a staple software, you can remove anything extra that you might want to uninstall, or that you may of needed to install. And REVO will delete all traces of the app/software that you are removing.

As an added bonus, it can also remove unwanted APPS that Microsoft installs by default if you so desire it to. These apps are listed as is anything installed.

The free version works well, the paid version you will read, does a little extra.
It is a well regarded software in this forum.

Be sure you use the REVO "scan for leftovers”. The registry entries it marks are safe to remove, at lease I nor anyone else I have read to date, has complained about it.

 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Thanks so much! I must definitely give REVO a shot. Always facinated/annoyed at how much junk is left behind when running an uninstaller. I removed MSI Centre (only used it to set up RGB lighting) and when I uninstalled it, it left files and folders all over the place! That is why one thing I did pay for is CCleaner Pro. I know to be careful with it and don't let it do anything automatically, but it can be useful to hunt down orphaned registry entries that uninstallers seem never to remove. If a free app like CCleaner works well, always happy to pay for the full version to get full benefit. I have downloaded the Adwcleaner as suggested and fortunately if gave me a clean bill of health after my little "incident" yesterday.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Professional
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 14700K
    Motherboard
    MSI Z790 Gaming Pro Wifi
    Memory
    32GB 6000MHz DDR5 Corsair Dominator (2 x 16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Palit RTX 4070Ti Super 16GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell Q3223Q 32 inch 4K 144Hz with FreeSync and G-Sync compatible
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3 x 1TB Corsair MP700 Nvme's
    PSU
    Corsair RM1200x Shift 1200W
    Case
    Antec P20C A-RGB E-ATX
    Cooling
    DeepCool LS720SE 360mm AIO Liquid Cooling
    Keyboard
    Logitec G915
    Mouse
    Logitec G502X Plus
    Internet Speed
    75Mb up/down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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