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?

Topic: Security
Answer this Question

Answers

3 total
Christopher Nerney
Vote Up (13)

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
Vote Up (9)

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
Vote Up (8)

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.

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
An Android Trojan app that sends SMS messages to premium-rate numbers has expanded globally over the past year, racking up bills for users in over 60 countries including the U.S., malware researchers from Kaspersky Lab said.
The evolving nature of cyberattacks demands a more dynamic response, according to government CIOs making an effort to implement real-time, continuous monitoring and reporting for security issues.
These tips and tools can help you keep your smartphone close, and protect your data if it strays.
Texas EquuSearch contends that FAA rules do not bar drones for 'humanitarian use'.
Revelations about U.S. secret surveillance programs have left China's Huawei Technologies exhausted on the public relations front, a top company executive said Wednesday.
Some Android apps thought to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug were spared because of a common coding error in the way they implemented their own native OpenSSL library.
The panic over the Heartbleed bug is proving to be a convenient distraction for hackers using standard techniques in a fresh wave of attacks targeting at least 18 U.S. universities, according to a computer security researcher.
'Triple-handshake attack' threat quashed in update for OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion, and iOS 7.
BlackBerry today released an update to its BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 software designed to address a "Heartbleed"-related OpenSSL vulnerability in the version of Apache Tomcat used within the BES BlackBerry Work Connect Notification Service. (A detailed breakdown of the vulnerability is available on NIST.gov.)
randomness