I downloaded this: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/firequery/ after reading this article: http://www.softwareishard.com/blog/firebug/firebug-extension-firequery-jquery-development/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SoftwareIsHard+%28Software+is+hard%29
...and either it or a bogus firefox installation (probably the latter) installed a bunch of junk that is taking over my browsing experience like kudzu - it adds ads to Stack Overflow and all kinds of popups and icons everywhere, etc. How can I get rid of it?
Some of it calls itself "Whitesmoke"
I'm not using firefox at the moment; all this is happening within Chrome. To install "firefox", I just binged "download firefox" and installed from there, but don't recall which link it was.
"about:addons" (chrome://addons) displays "this web page is not available"; "about:plugins" (chrome://plugins) displays 12 items, all of which look legit, although I'm not sure what "Conduit" is (Conduit Chrome Plugin (two versions), Conduit Radio Plugin, Conduit Chrome Approve TB Plugin).
Adobe Flash Player Chrome Remote Desktop Viewer Native Client Chrome PDF Viewer Adobe REader Google Update Windows Live Photo Gallery Silverlight
After looking in Control Panel | Apps, I saw several installed today:
"24X7 Help" from Crawler LLC "Fast Free Converter" "File Opener Pro" "PC Fix Speed 188.8.131.52" "Software Version Updater" "Whitesmoke New Toolbar" "Search [or someting] from Conduit"
So I uninstalled all of those, and as one mentioned "conduit" I disabled those from the plugins, too...rebooted, and all seems back to "normal"; that's a relief, but what a pain/waste of time!
Even after uninstalling and disabling all of that, and rebooting, the whiteSmoke toolbar has come back again:
...but only on internal pages (those from our servers, not those on the "real" Internet...what?!?)