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Warning from Microsoft Security Essentials

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    Warning from Microsoft Security Essentials


    While reading email , I suddenly had a pop up window supposedly from Msoft Security Essentials about Trojans etc and to clean the computer .


    I clicked on the clean button then I was supposed to download some setup.exe ( VB script) . I did not execute the file and deleted it. It that a legitimate cleaning File ? or is this some form of malware ?

    I was suspicious because I don't have MSoft Security Essentials installed . I only have windows defender.

    I then scanned my computer with Malwarebytes and Windows Defender . Both found nothing.

    So I assume the pop up warning itself is Malware? Comments?

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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Can you supply any screenshots?
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    Sorry, I already deleted the items. I though security essentials is not included in win8.1 . Window defender already has anivirus software .
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    So, this topic is solved?
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    So I assume the pop up warning itself is Malware? Comments?
    Correct. It was more then likely Malware or a rouge AV trying to get you to click on it in order to d/l something onto your system.

    See this post here:

    Was what i saw a bogus popup warning about 'dangers'' ???
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    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I believe that you did the right thing by deleting that file. Had you executed it, you would have had some problems.
    The pop up message itself was bogus.
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    I needed several attempts to delete the Warning Popup panel. It was quite sticky . I am glad I followed my instincts.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Suggest you run free Malwarebytes AND adwcleaner
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    Win 8 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post
    Sorry, I already deleted the items. I though security essentials is not included in win8.1 . Window defender already has anivirus software .
    As others have said, most definately a fake AV warning to try and get you to download and run a malicious file. I'm guessing it looked similar to this?


    K.I.A - DailyMotion Part 2: FakeAV Threat - YouTube

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    Computer is clean. Ran Malwarebytes, Superantispyware etc no detection.

    The POPup is smaller then you have above.. Its small screen ( approx. 2"x1") with Red title bar at the top with the words "Microsoft Security Essentials Warning" Below it is a list of 2 Trojans and one malware. There is a clean button. when you click on the clean button it wants you to down a setup.exe file !! which I declined .
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