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Could someone be using Google Earth to have remote access?

Could someone be using Google Earth Pro to have remote access to my computer?
First, some specifications:
OS: Windows 10 Home, 64 bits
PC model: Lenovo ideapad 310S
Issue with program: Google Earth Pro
So, for like two weeks I've been observing that whenever I was navigating with Google Earth, some random programs and folders from the taskbar would eventually open. No files would open, just the program (e.g. Microsoft Word or Excel) or the folder. This had never happened before and has never happened since I stopped using Google Earth during the last couple of weeks. It's very weird, but I think that somehow, somebody or some malware might be exploting Google Earth in order to have remote access to my desktop or taskbar. I don't know how that would happen, just know that it happened. Avira, Malwarebytes and Spybot scans didn't reveal anything bad. So, here I am. Thanks in advance for any answers you could provide.

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Doesn't seem to be a thing.

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Thank you

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Thank you for your answer. Still, "it not being a thing" doesn't explain why this kept happening only when I used Google Earth. I'm sure it wasn't me, because I saw the cursor staying still in a completely different place while one of the programs opened. Anyway, thanks again and have a good day.

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I'd do the scans

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And if it still happens head to bleepingcomputer.com where they use other tools. I wish it was a common problem or one I've seen before.

What it does sound like is some RAT ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_access_trojan ) so I'd get all the scans done or if you want, just head to bleepingcomputer.

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It's possible, why not?

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It's enough to find an exploit for any app to use it and gain smaller or bigger control over someone's device. Word or excel have a lot of exploits, and if you aren't patched up, the chances of something bad happening are actually quite high. It's always a good idea to stay up to date with all your softwares, maybe even use a third party tool to keep them all updated, but even then you're not 100% safe. Takes some time for exploit to become known, and some time to get it patched up. In the process you could get infected. Backup is always a good idea, maybe even making a custom image of your Os.

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Thank you

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Thank you for your answer. I usually keep my stuff up to date, so I don't think that was the problem. It's very mysterious. But how do you suggest that I "get it patched up"?
Also, how do you think that this could happen in the first place? Which would be the mechanism of infection or the exploit in Google Earth that allowed this?
I havn't used Google Earth for at least a month now, and the problem is gone, so I strongly feel that it is somehow connected to the program.

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