Just finished with what I believe is a successful removal of this frustrating thing. After I found the related .dll file and manually removed it I was still getting a warning pop up window from Windows Defender that a malicious program was detected and ir popped up every 15 minutes or so. I finally figured the only way to stop the thing from popping up was to turn off the defender completely. I do have an anti virus program so there should be no problems.
I hope this little bit of information helps someone going as crazy with this as I was.