What could cause a pop-up warning that says "files being copied...."?

bralphye

I was on my laptop, and a command prompt box popped up with "files being copied........". I closed my browser, disconnected from WiFi, and ran a fresh virus scan after making sure my anti-virus (AVG) was up to date. I couldn't find any problems, and nothing came up on my scans. Any ideas what caused this? Did I get hit with Malware that can't be detected?

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Christopher Nerney
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If you're pretty sure it's not a virus, try running Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to see if anything comes up. There's a free version you can use. I just ran it on my laptop and it flagged one infected object.

dthomas
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It sounds like an advertising pop-up disguised to appear as if a virus is active on your machine. I've seen similar pop-up ads before. Think about it, if it really was a virus or malware, who would design it so it was so obvious and threatening. That would defeat the purpose of the malware. But you should still follow Christopher's advice to be on the safe side.

jimlynch
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Check your browser extensions, see if any of them run ads or otherwise might have something extra in them that you don't know about. Installing a good malware scanner is a smart idea too. You may have something nasty on your system.

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