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When I'm browsing on the web—regardless of the browser—once in a while there is a pop-up in the bottom left corner.

I tried scanning the computer with Ad-Aware & but that didn't solve the problem.

When I right click on that Spam block, sometimes i get a menu with copyright information. The copyright says it belongs to "DSNR Media Group".

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Describe the pop-up in more detail. It sounds unassociated with your browser and is possibly an infection your computer has. Try investigating your computer with the MalwareBytes software. – JoshDM Jan 11 '13 at 19:21
I suggest you give a screenshot. "A popup" is quite vague. – Ariane Jan 11 '13 at 19:32
Usually a pop-up within a browswer is from the javascript downloaded from a particular site that is then active. Note which site you are both visiting and just changed from, when the popup occurs. Also make sure your browser has popups disabled. – jdh Jan 11 '13 at 19:37
A screenshot can be found at: link , the OS of the computer: Windows 7 Home Premium – spons Jan 11 '13 at 19:45
Does this occur on every website? If so, it's probably some malware you have installed that is under the radar of the malware detectors. Look in Add & Remove Programs for anything suspicious. Have you installed any trialware/freeware lately? – allquixotic Jan 11 '13 at 20:13
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Because the "popup" is XP themed and your version of Windows is using the Aero theme it is obviously not an actual popup generated by the browser or a program, but a website's "trick" popup. As @jdh said, it is most likely a javascript or similar active content "feature". If you want to get rid of it, look into ad blockers such as AdBlock Plus or NoScript.

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I am well familiar with the popups in the screen caps you posted. I can tell you with certainty that Adblock+ in Firefox stops them dead. Internet Explorer on the other hand, I've never found a way to eliminate them short of totally disabling java script and Active-X. Good luck – OCDtech Jan 11 '13 at 20:41
The combination of the 2 adblockers did the job! thank you very much! – spons Jan 11 '13 at 20:51
@OCDtech: While it's not perfect and nowhere close to what AB+ can do, Tracking Protection in IE using EasyList or Fanboy's List (same as AB+ uses) will help a lot. – Karan Jan 12 '13 at 2:35

If these popups appear in every browser and random websites which usually don't have these popups, that's crystal clear: you got a malware.

Too bad the software you tried didn't detect it. Report it to the publisher, they'll be happy to eradicate it.

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Search through your PC's hard drive and delete the following files:

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