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Windows 7: Fake MSE "clean computer" window

22 Feb 2014   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Without seeing the fake window we can't tell what it is. It may be an ad ESPN has which rotates with others.


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22 Feb 2014   #12
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Please download TFC by Old Timer TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer - Geeks to Go Forums and save it to your desktop.
Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista/Windows 7 right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.


TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB). Before running, it will stop Explorer and all other running apps.
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23 Feb 2014   #13
nottaclue9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, service pack 1
 
 

It's not an ESPN window; I've gotten it before on other sites. Just lucky, I guess.

I'm not sure why I need to do these things if the window is now gone. Is there a possibility that it's lurking elsewhere?
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23 Feb 2014   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It's all up to you to find out.
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24 Feb 2014   #15
nottaclue9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, service pack 1
 
 

I've been sailing along for two days now with no evidence of the blasted thing. I think it may have exited with the Java uninstall, and I didn't notice its absence until I did a restart.

I would very much like to save the instructions from the last two contributors, however. I'm not sure how I can do that as I can't print the page. There's always the hand-written option. UGH.
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24 Feb 2014   #16
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nottaclue9 View Post

I would very much like to save the instructions from the last two contributors, however. I'm not sure how I can do that as I can't print the page. There's always the hand-written option. UGH.
Hi Notty,

You can select the thread tools at the top, then printable version.

Fake MSE "clean computer" window-thread-tools.jpg

Just a suggestion as well, it may seem like it's gone but running those tools from our experts will let you know for sure, they are quite good at what they do.


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24 Feb 2014   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You could also copy the exact post you want to save and paste it in things like Word Pad, Note Pad or a word processor of choice.
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24 Feb 2014   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nottaclue9 View Post
It's not an ESPN window; I've gotten it before on other sites. Just lucky, I guess.

I'm not sure why I need to do these things if the window is now gone. Is there a possibility that it's lurking elsewhere?
It would root out other malware you may not (yet) know you have. They are easy and harmless to do. Free too.
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25 Feb 2014   #19
nottaclue9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, service pack 1
 
 

Good advice, all of it. I'm so slow at doing the procedures, but it is a good idea to making sure I'm running a clean machine. My computer does seem to have an "infect me" sign stuck on its back.

I'll be back! Just not right away. Y'all aren't so lucky.
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25 Feb 2014   #20
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote:
"infect me" sign
:-)
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