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Automatic installation of software

by rhirish / March 6, 2017 11:15 AM PST

A couple minutes ago, I noticed a small window popped up and it was going through the files on my pc. I hit cancel but neither window gave me any information for what was being installed. I got a message that said installation cancelled and then one that said, failed installation. How do I find out what they was running and how it started? Now I am baffled and scared. Thank you Sad

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Too Many Possibilities
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 7, 2017 1:15 PM PST

Yes, it could be malware, but it could be an automatic update from Microsoft, or Flash Player, or Adobe Acrobat Reader, or your antivirus, or any other software you have installed. For example, I recently had Avira antivirus do an automatic program update request and I let it do so, but I am familiar with the program so I wasn't concerned. If you didn't notice which program was attempting to install, try looking through the settings on your installed programs and see if any are set to automatically update.

And if you want to check for malware, click on the link below and run the scans mentioned, in the order they are listed.

“Expand” the post titled: "Please try this" at the link below:

Hope this helps.


Post was last edited on March 8, 2017 10:44 AM PST

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by amys57 / March 8, 2017 7:12 AM PST

I guess you don't need to be scared if you canceled it. For double sure you can check in control panel if there is anything new installed. For your satisfaction scan your whole PC once.

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Automatic installation of software
by vembutech / March 9, 2017 7:31 AM PST

Manually remove Installer – This option details how to manually uninstall Installer and remove unwanted browser attachments

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to access the Windows 8 Start Menu).

2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.

3. In the list of installed programs search for Installer and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.

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