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"Windows Security Alert" Virus

by Smidgem / June 20, 2010 7:53 AM PDT

My friend talked me into downloading a game that he said was clean of viruses. You can see where this went.

The little security pop-up comes up every ten or so seconds saying "Windows Security Alert: Application cannot be executed. The file wuauclt.exe is infected. Do you want to activate you antivirus software now?". It's now McAffee or the other Antivirus program I downloaded, and it keeps bringing up on IE.

It won't let me bring up task bar, I can't delete the game I think gave it to me (XIII, it's an mmofps), and it exits my antivirus programs whenever I try to bring them up for a scan. I'm not really tech-savvy, and the only thing I can think to do is backup my important documents and re-install Windows (what we usually do, since we get a similar virus every few years. This one's on a different comp though). If that's the only option, I can do it; all I have is a few digital art pieces and Portal.

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Sorry for the delay.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 20, 2010 11:12 PM PDT
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Before reinstalling Windows...
by CassandraF_WinTeam / June 21, 2010 4:42 AM PDT

You can try using the Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is a free tool from Microsoft. It will scan your computer and then try to remove any viruses it finds.

If all else fails and you cannot seem to remove the virus, reinstalling Windows is an option. And, in the future do some research before downloading any games or software on your computer Happy


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"Windows Security Alert" Virus
by pcs365_12 / June 22, 2010 5:42 AM PDT

If you are using pirated win OS the microsoft malware will either stop proper functioning of os or will not let you boot altogether.

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virus removal
by thbjr / June 22, 2010 11:19 AM PDT

You may need to download Malwarebyte's Anti-malware to a thumb drive from another computer. After you get the program, boot your problem computer up in Safe Mode. Run Malwarebyte from the thumb drive (follow the instruction on the website) and with a bit of luck, that will clean your system up.

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This product really works!
by ProloySankar / August 14, 2010 6:21 AM PDT
In reply to: virus removal

Completely resolved my problem by deleting all infected files - thanks a lot!

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So your system is Windows 7?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 14, 2010 7:15 AM PDT

Only you've also posted in the Windows XP and the Windows Vista forums


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No my system is Vista
by ProloySankar / August 14, 2010 8:41 AM PDT

I posted to the XP forum because that is the thread I found first and I did not know what I was doing. Then I realised I should be posting on the Vista forum so I created a new subject there. But then I found this thread which helped me to resolve the problem so, although my system is Vista, I wanted to thank the poster on the Windows 7 forum who helped me to resolve my problem.

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windows security alert
by germond / September 14, 2010 9:18 PM PDT

I got rid of the nasty little ****** that would not let me get on the internet to download anything by turning off my modem. I then used the system restore to go back a few days.

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