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Getting message every-time I log on that I may be a victim of software counterfeiting and message stays in bottom right-hand corner of desktop. Didn't always have this, can you help?

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  • catherinelal May 28, 2010

    Thank you very much for your assistance, I have printed off your guidelines and I will attempt what you have sent.

    In the unlikely event that this does not work, can I contact you again (hopefully this will work).





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This is malware and it is a pain to remove but here goes. This may take more than one try depending on how good you are with the pc.
1 - download and run MALWARE BYTES SAVE IT to DESKTOP so you can find it --- of search for it once done.
2 -READ the instructions - this will tell you in detail to
3 - run it -
4 -restart the pc in SAFE MODE -- You do this by starting the pc and tapping on the F-8 button [ on 90% of all pc's ] if not please check with your manufacturer. It may take 3 tries for you to get the hang of it.
Tap the F-8 - don't hold it - like this TAP - let go and count 1 -1000 and tap again until you see it going to safe mode -
5 reun malware bytes in safe mode and this will 99% of the time remove that garbage.
ONCE done - download CCleaner the free version and run it - and run it and run it -- check it over and run it again.
Leave a message when you need to or done - please vote me as helpful it REALLY makes a difference. If I left somehting out just post a follow up and I will get back to you ASAP.
Best of luck
Gary ]
Thanks for choosing Fix YA

Posted on May 28, 2010


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