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Possible Virus? - Google Earth

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Hi guys

I received some great help on here around 6 months ago when I had a bad malware problem so I hope you don't mind that I've posted on here again with a general question.

I'm not sure if this is something to be worried about. Basically, tonight, I was watching BBC Iplayer as normal. Halfway through a show the programme closed without prompting. I started it up again and thought nothing of it. When I finished, I noticed that there was a new shortcut on my desktop for Google Earth and when I to into Start-Programs, google earth is highlighted as a newly installed program.

I already have google earth installed, and automatic updates are off. Google update has never updated before. I'm not sure if for some reason it has updated now but I'm too afraid to click on the icon!

When I click on properties, the target is: "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Earth\client\googleearth.exe"

I have run anti-malware bytes and it has found 2 infected registry items which I have deleted but they didn't seem relevant to the desktop icon.

Has anyone heard of this before? Any recommendations for what to do next?



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Hi, and Welcome to Malwarebytes!

You could try and submit the file you think may be suspicious to www.virustotal.com and see if it comes back clean or infected.

If you do want to make sure your system is clean of any infections you could seek help from the experts.

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I already have google earth installed, and automatic updates are off. Google update has never updated before. I'm not sure if for some reason it has updated now but I'm too afraid to click on the icon!

Google recommends you keep the automatic updates tuned on to keep its software up to date which will patch any vulnerabilities or glitches in it

just a side note to help you out

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