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    Microsoft Security Essentials message

    Will attach the message I got from MSE the other day. Is this legit?

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    What URLs are shown when you hover over the four links?

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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    What URLs are shown when you hover over the four links?
    http://www.msn.com/
    http://www.bing.com/
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2607234
    javascript:void(0);

    The YES and NO boxes don't show any urls

    and my home page was msn before this.

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    Next question is, have you run any of the usual checks, Malwarebytes et al? Those links look OK, but I would wait for others more knowledgeable than me to confirm or deny it's safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    Next question is, have you run any of the usual checks, Malwarebytes et al? Those links look OK, but I would wait for others more knowledgeable than me to confirm or deny it's safe.
    I ran the Jan 2015 malicious software tool directly from Microsoft and it didn't find anything. I think the message window popped up when I started Internet Explorer the other day. I still have the window open and this is the url from it http://www.explorebing.com/mseupdate...I7ADFA_enUS458

    Is there someplace I can directly post this to Microsoft support for an answer?

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    In those very few rare instances that I've got a notice of infection or other problem from MSE, I never click "OK", "Clean", "Fix it" or anything in the notification. I just ignore or close the message, then open MSE via my desktop icon and do a scan. Notices are too easy to fake for me to trust them.

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    Short answer - no way of telling for sure if it's legit.
    It doesn't look like a typical scare tactic, but trusting unexpected notices will get you in trouble sooner or later, for sure. Always be skeptical.

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    i use winpatrol to control things like this
    www.winpatrol.com (free version) (during install do not check the box that says 'free trial')
    on the options page check the box the says 'lock the file types' or else every MSM update it will ask you to verify each time the update changes a .dll.

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    Running a malware scan shouldn't show anything, as, according to the message, the threat has already been removed. Is your Homepage MSN and is your Search Engine Bing? Just close the message window and reset to your preferred Homepage and Search Engine if required.

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