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    I use DuckDuckGo's https search engine:...

    I use DuckDuckGo's https search engine: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Avast+Technical+Support which clearly shows the ads at the top - in this instance, avast.com and support.avast.com are the real...
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    That's not uncommon, infections/malware/adware...

    That's not uncommon, infections/malware/adware frequently have that switch built into their arsenal.
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    Check your PM's.

    Check your PM's.
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    I don't think I needed to do anything more than a...

    I don't think I needed to do anything more than a quick visit to the Customize... on the right-click.
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    You could try timing the download of a known size...

    You could try timing the download of a known size file, some examples here: http://www.thinkbroadband.com/download/
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    Unlocked the topic to continue puzzling ;) I...

    Unlocked the topic to continue puzzling ;)

    I have FF US and CY installed, Add-ons is in English in both, same FF profile.

    For those that see Portuguese, try clearing out any Mozilla cookies,...
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    Yes, that makes sense, the .nfo files I have on...

    Yes, that makes sense, the .nfo files I have on this PC are between 1 and 3.5MB. 8MB might indicate a huge number of errors logged.

    Clearing the System logs first might bring the size down - make...
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    Do a Save as and choose the default .nfo filetype.

    Do a Save as and choose the default .nfo filetype.
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    (The links were fixed within 16 minutes of me...

    (The links were fixed within 16 minutes of me reporting them ;).)
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    Coochin, your PF usage in that screenshot is in...

    Coochin, your PF usage in that screenshot is in excess of 1GB of ~20GB Virtual Memory (Commit(GB) 2/19, it always rounds up to the higher #GB). Check it by using the output files here:...
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    I would trust the AdwCleaner suggestions, remove...

    I would trust the AdwCleaner suggestions, remove any ParetoLogic.

    Here's a fairly recent removal guide for Trovi, it recommends running those tools in a different order, as well as adding more...
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    Roy, run MSInfo32 again but don't rush to save -...

    Roy, run MSInfo32 again but don't rush to save - it can take a long time to populate - click down through each '+' and wait for a few seconds before moving on to the next '+' down, a few categories...
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    Generic fix would consist of something like...

    Generic fix would consist of something like running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware then AdwCleaner, followed by Junkware Removal Tool: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/windows/security/page/4/ and...
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    Yup, had your PC been switched off during the...

    Yup, had your PC been switched off during the short time the bad update was 'live', or if you had just left it on and connected for ~8 or so hours after the patch hit, you'd probably never have...
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    Beware of pinning any site that has visual ads. ...

    Beware of pinning any site that has visual ads.

    http://blog.sucuri.net/2015/01/adsense-abused-with-malvertising-campaign.html...
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    To illustrate why we don't like cross posting,...

    To illustrate why we don't like cross posting, here's the most recent example elsewhere that I've seen; check the other fora listed in #10. On all those sites the OP there has been given roughly the...
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    It was a one-off bad update patch by Panda,...

    It was a one-off bad update patch by Panda, pulled within hours, the fix(es) are up now:
    http://support.pandasecurity.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=83&t=3708&sid=c82b5179850baba43d2db1cf273617d8...
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    Do you use Panda as your security/antivirus, Joe?

    Do you use Panda as your security/antivirus, Joe?
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    Perhaps compression stays only if you copy the...

    Perhaps compression stays only if you copy the top (the one where the compression was originally triggered) folder? Was the 315 MB a top file/folder?

    Check what 3rd party files are hooked into...
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    Malwarebytes wouldn't run, looks like it needs...

    Malwarebytes wouldn't run, looks like it needs the 'missing' dll :(

    Joe, do you have Panda installed? If so, that might be the reason behind this:...
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    I can copy compressed files and compressed...

    I can copy compressed files and compressed folders here to both internal and external drives and they arrive uncompressed, I don't understand what's happening there.

    What utilities are tied into...
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    No worries, Joe. Good Luck :)

    No worries, Joe. Good Luck :)
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    Into what drive?

    Into what drive?
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    You can get to both those programs via...

    You can get to both those programs via sysinternals.com, down the left side > Utilities > Process Utilities.

    I'm working elsewhere with someone with an awfully similar issue to this, he suspects...
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    Better than CNet's.

    Majorgeeks would be my first port of call should the maker of the software not have their own site, if they don't have it, Softpedia. From there on down, who knows what might...
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