I could better understand when a question is off-topic if you can explain why this question: Ali Express hijacking my Chrome was put on hold as "off topic" ?

Reading the rules:

Topics include, but are not limited to:

web app hardening network security social engineering, including phishing risk management policies penetration testing security tools using cryptography incident response physically securing the office, datacentre, information assets etc.

dealing with a virus that redirects web traffic hits on several of these. What are you all trying to accomplish by marking this off-topic (and why can it be accomplished by just a few people)?

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What are you all trying to accomplish by marking this off-topic

Reducing the amount of noise in the system. That a question is answerable doesn't mean that it fits into the theme of the site.

Why can it be accomplished by just a few people?

Generally there's little contention. The same number of people that it takes to close a question can also re-open it. Most of the time that five people with enough reputation to close a question do so, they're right.

Why [my question] was put on hold as "off topic"

It may be that it comes off as more of a support question than a real security question. That said, it reads to me like you can better frame it into incident response for a local compromise, and that's totally on-point.

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    I agree. The question amounts to tech support and virus remediation. None of that is listed in the suggested topic list. Answer: run an offline virus scanner, get a professional to clean the machine, or nuke and rebuild.
    – schroeder Mod
    Jul 8, 2015 at 19:30
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    @schroeder Option three. Always and only option three. It's the only way to be sure.
    – Iszi
    Jul 9, 2015 at 16:00
  • @Iszi well, it depends on what you hope to achieve from your actions :)
    – schroeder Mod
    Jul 9, 2015 at 17:21
  • @schroeder Is a trustworthy system really too much to ask for?
    – Iszi
    Jul 9, 2015 at 19:41
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    @Iszi Yes, when you want to investigate the current infection...
    – schroeder Mod
    Jul 9, 2015 at 20:21

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