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Something forcing a tab to open

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Whenever i open Microsoft Edge, which i have set to open the new tab page by default, SOMETHING forces a second tab to open as well.

This is the website that pops up, then quickly redirects to

I have run the JRT, installed and ran MBAM, MBAM's ADWCleaner, and SUPERAntiSpyware. "Cleaned" the system each time with each item.

It's still causing the popup.

How do i go about finding out what is causing this problem?




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For safety reasons, I have removed the link in case it points to something not friendly.

Currently reviewing your logs and will get back to you as soon as possible.
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Hi Berenost

Going over your logs I noticed that you have qBittorrent installed.
  • Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs.
  • They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a wide variety of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites.
  • Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users.
  • The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.
It is pretty much certain that if you continue to use P2P programs, you will get infected again. I would recommend that you uninstall qBittorrent, however that choice is up to you. If you choose to remove these programs, you can do so via the following:
  • Press the Windows Key + R.
  • Type appwiz.cpl in the Run box and click OK.
  • The Add/Remove Programs list will open. Locate the following program(s) on the list:
  • Select the above program and click Uninstall.
  • Restart the computer if prompted.
If you wish to keep it, please do not use it until your computer is cleaned.


Please download and run the following tools. If you have any problems running either program, skip that one and move to the next. Include any error messages in your next reply


Download AdwCleaner and save it to your desktop.
  • Right-click AdwCleaner.exe and "Run as Administrator"
  • Click Scan Now ...
    • When the scan has finished a Scan Results window will open.
    • Click Cancel (at this point do not attempt to Quarantine anything that is found)
  • Now click the Log Files tab ...
    • Double click on the latest scan log (Scan logs have a [S0*] suffix, where * is replaced by a number, the latest scan will have the largest number)
    • A Notepad file will open containing the results of the scan.
    • Please post the contents of the file in your next reply.

ESET Online Scanner

Download ESET Online Scanner and save it to your desktop.
  • Right-click on esetonlinescanner_enu.exe and select Run as Administrator.
  • When the tool opens, click Get Started.
  • Read and accept the license agreement.
  • At the Welcome to ESET Online Scanner window, click Get Started.
  • Select whether you would like to send anonymous data to ESET.
  • Note: if you see the "Welcome Back to ESET Online Scanner" screen, click Computer Scan > Full Scan.
  • Click on the Full Scan option.
  • Select Enable ESET to detect and remove potentially unwanted applications, then click Start scan.
  • ESET will now begin scanning your computer. This may take some time.
  • When the scan is finished and if threats have been detected, select Save scan log. Save it to your desktop as eset.txt. Click on Continue.
  • ESET Online Scanner may ask if you'd like to turn on the Periodic Scan feature. Click on Continue.
  • On the next screen, you can leave feedback about the program if you wish. Check the box for Delete application data on closing. If you left feedback, click Submit and continue. If not, Close without feedback.
  • Open the scan log on your desktop (eset.txt) and copy and paste its contents into your next reply.


In your next reply

- Please include both logs and let me know how the computer is doing

  • AdwCleaner log
  • Eset log
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sorry for the lack of response. had 2 teeth pulled and have been down and out. will get these ran in a moment and posted asap. thank you.
so I'm currently running the ESET scanner, will post results when done. I ran the ADWScanner, there wasnt a log created. I have noticed one thing though. When i open Edge, the second tab opens, and the the Header on the tab says Sync before moving on to

Also, i get an event in the event viewer every time i open Edge. Posted as Screenshot.


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ok, so adwcleaner doesnt give me a log, and ESET sit at 29316 files scanned, for 9 hours, and never moved. i tried running it multiple times, but never got that far again. what else can i do?

i just need to know where to look at what might be accessing Edge whenever its opened, please.
Hi Berenost

Open Edge. Click the three dots (menu) icon > Settings > Appearance. Under Set home page below, remove any URLs for the home page that you did not set. Restart Edge and let me know if the issue remains.
Hi Berenost

Open Edge. Click the three dots (menu) icon > Settings > Appearance. Under Set home page below, remove any URLs for the home page that you did not set. Restart Edge and let me know if the issue remains.
There isn't anything there. I have it set to open the new tab page by default. I have gone in and blocked everything in edge for the site that keeps opening. Also, there is only 1 logged cookie for the site, _cfduid, whatever that is.

Would there happen to be a program I could use that would show whatever is accessing Edge whenever I open it? All the scanners from here and computerhope are returning nothing weird or suspicious. I can list the scanners used if needed.

But I really need to find out what this is. I ran the numbers that are in the address that is connecting, and just a simple Google search hits with bitcoin mining sites, which I HAVE NEVER, and WILL NEVER do.
Moderators, please close this thread. after much hubaloo, i have found the culprit.

Turns out, it's the Microsoft Edge extension Adblock for Youtube.

was searching the web for the number strings that appeared in the site that was opening up, and i landed on THIS website, where a person was experiencing the exact same thing.

Thanks for letting us know it's been resolved.

Safe surfing.
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