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Windows 7: Internet Explorer kept opening new windows. What happened?

07 Dec 2013   #1
yk7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Internet Explorer kept opening new windows. What happened?

I was browsing with Firefox when all of a sudden Internet Explorer kept opening new windows at a rate of about 3 per second. It was going so fast that all I could do was shut down my computer and it hasn't happened since. I don't really recall what pages I was on but it kept happening after I closed Firefox. Is this a virus? How can I check if it is or isn't?


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07 Dec 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have seen that a couple of times too. Restart is the cure. No idea what the cause is.
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07 Dec 2013   #3
yk7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I didn't really have a good view of what was being opened in IE since the new windows kept covering the previous ones, but I got a small glimpse of "myemail@" in the address bar just before I pressed shut down.
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07 Dec 2013   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Can you reproduce the issue? If so, what website were you visiting in Firefox.
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08 Dec 2013   #5
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Is Internet Explorer your default browser? Or Firefox?

A Guy
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08 Dec 2013   #6
yk7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Can you reproduce the issue? If so, what website were you visiting in Firefox.
I'm unable to reproduce it.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Is Internet Explorer your default browser? Or Firefox?

A Guy
Firefox. I never use Internet Explorer.
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08 Dec 2013   #7
yk7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Completed full scans with:
SUPERAntiSpyware (Free) - OK
Malwarebytes Pro (Paid) - OK
Avast IS (Paid) - OK
MSE (Free) - OK
HitmanPro (Paid) - Deleted Softonic PUP in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\ & Quarantined ..\AppData\Local\Temp\10d2...\CliSecureRT64.dll

Still looking to know if anything normal could have caused this or if it's a virus.
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08 Dec 2013   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Chances are with those scanners, you are clean. You can try AdwCleaner. I have added it to my weekly scans for months now.

Choose Download@BleepingComputer

AdwCleaner Download

How To Use AdwCleaner [Manual] | malwareremovalguides

If you want another opinion, try a AV rescue disc to scan outside of windows

Comprehensive List of 26 Bootable Antivirus Rescue CDs for Offline Scanning ? Raymond.CC

A Guy
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08 Dec 2013   #9
yk7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ran AdwCleaner.
Deleted these registry keys
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\apnstub_RASAPI32
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\apnstub_RASMANCS
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\au__rasapi32
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\au__rasmancs
HKCU\Software\APN PIP
HKLM\Software\PIP
and my Firefox and Chrome preference files, yet I all my settings I made in the browsers are still the same?
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08 Dec 2013   #10
yk7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I also ran JRT, it deleted my Firefox prefs once again and "C:\Windows\syswow64\ai_recyclebin".
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