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Recently both my desktop (Windows 8) and laptop (Windows 10) got infected with some adware just about simultaneously.  This adware pops up alerts of various forms (not in a browser but on the screen itself) claiming that your McAfee subscription has expired.  I'm using Norton provided free by my ISP and have not installed McAfee on either of these machines.  A bunch of "McAfee" processes are running on my machine.  I can't stop the processes via task manager, and I can't delete any related files.  The system claims I don't have permission to delete them though I am logged in as an administrator.  

Any input from folks who've seen this and know of some fixes would be great.  Malwarebytes does not detect this as malicious.  


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Hello, Welcome to Malwarebytes.
I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.

If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.

I insist to say that we only provide advice on only one compute per topic.

So run this tool on one computer and post the logs for my review.

For the other computer run the tools and post in a new topic.

Download the version of this tool for your operating system.
Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (64 bit)
Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (32 bit)
and save it to a folder on your computer's Desktop.
Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

How to attach a file to your reply:
In the Reply section in the bottom of the topic Click the "more reply Options" button.

Attach the file.
Select the "Choose a File" navigate to the location of the File.
Click the file you wish to Attach.
Click Attach this file.
Click the Add reply button.

Please post the logs  for my review.

Wait for further instructions


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