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General Computer Support / Re: Critical Windows Component Failure
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:57:37 PM »
The wording and general presentation looks suspicious to me and, unless somebody else on this forum has a better explanation for this message, I would suspect some sort of malware or scareware. I would suggest you ensure you have a backup of your important data and then start a thread on either Malwarebytes or Bleeping Computers forums and get one of the experts there to run some controlled diagnostics on your system and take you through the appropriate repair steps if necessary.

Good luck.......

It's a pity Makinero was banned from this forum - she might have come up with an answer  :rolleyes:

I've found a pretty fool-proof solution which has worked for me, which is to avoid registering with Facebook or any of Facebook's associated companies. Frankly, I don't believe even Facebook can be bothered to listen to everything you do and say but the only safe solution for the paranoid is to close your Facebook account - and I mean Really close it -

Hi Boggin

This was the hosts file

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
#          # source server
#              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#       localhost
#   ::1             localhost       localhost

And the hosts BAK file       localhost


I downloaded to my Nexus tablet, seemed to work ok

Nothing in those host files as far as I can see - just standard hosts file. I've nothing useful to add.

Do you mean rather than There are plenty of links to the former if you Google it.

Yes, the inner workings of Windows are getting more and more impenetrable. I'm thinking that perhaps I'll stop wasting money on Microsoft "how-to" guides and start drawing pentagrams on the floor and exploring the divination of birds' entrails............

Just installed v. 4.0.16 of WRAIO without triggering any false positive from MSE :cheesy:

Have you started a thread in the Malwarebytes forums and used their new support tool to run diagnostics and post logs for a solution there? They're pretty resourceful in providing solutions.


I've lost the will to live after clearing the MSE alerts, uninstalling and reinstalling WRAIO again today and it again triggering an alert in MSE. I'm not sure which definition version I had but I carried out a manual update before and I think it was to 1.263.1691.0 - that's certainly what's showing now. I've told MSE to ignore the false positive yet again and I'll put this aggravation behind me until the next version of WRAIO is released and see what happens then.

Have you tried running Malwarebytes clean tool? It'll do a compete clean of your current installation, prompt you to reboot, download and reinstall the latest version. It will preserve your current licence though you'd be wise to make sure you had your licence details recorded just in case.

Well, the problem is THEY are Microsoft and we are a couple of guys. So in you analogy - we are the poop. :)

The antivirus world is like this though. You guys are just seeing this one right now. But it is very common for all the smaller authors. Don;t get me started on the whole PUP bullsh*t going on out there now.

I did hear back from tech support who confirmed there is no detection.

They recommended this:

Please try the following steps to clear cached detections and obtain the latest malware definitions.

1. Open command prompt as administrator and change directory to c:\Program Files\Windows Defender 

2. Run “MpCmdRun.exe -removedefinitions -dynamicsignatures”

can someone try it and let me kknow.

Anything similar for MSE?

Thanks, JPM -  it's odd, I agree. Malwarebytes Premium doesn't have a problem with it, either. I'm surprised that there aren't more posts about this on this forum, which I would have thought there would be if it was a widespread problem. Any way it could be caused by specific factors on the affected PCs? 

I realise it's a false positive but MSE is still rejecting WR 4.0.15 even after updating the definitions this morning. I'd previously told MSE to ignore the false positive and installed 4.0.15 anyway but uninstalled WR this morning, cleared all references to it in MSE and tried a new install but MSE still stopped it until I'd asked it to ignore the false positive again.

Antimalware Client Version:
Engine Version: 1.1.14600.4
Antivirus definition: 1.263.1150.0
Antispyware definition: 1.263.1150.0
Network Inspection System Engine Version: 2.1.14600.4
Network Inspection System Definition Version:

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64x

Malwarebytes Premium 3.4.4

I tried clearing MSE quarantine of the false trojan on Friday, removed the ignore rule that I'd added, uninstalled WR 4.0.15 and attempted to reinstall but MSE still flagged it as a trojan, so had to tell MSE to ignore it again. I'd already checked VirusTotal to see that the file was safe. I installed the very latest MSE updates before attempting reinstallation. I guess I'll have to wait for the next iteration of Windows Repair and see what happens but in the interim I'm using it on the assurance that it's a false positive. I'm using Windows 7 SP 1

Okay! I will check and get back to you!

Did you make any progress on this problem?

Feedback & Suggestions / Re: Update Pro v4.0.15
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:38:25 AM »
WRAIO 4.0.15 installed OK after I told MSE to ignore the warnings.

Feedback & Suggestions / Re: Update Pro v4.0.15
« on: March 17, 2018, 04:31:04 AM »
Since my answer to Ross, I've tried to intall 4.0.15and also been informed by MSE that it contains a Trojen!!!! Apologies Ross :thinking:

Feedback & Suggestions / Re: Update Pro v4.0.15
« on: March 17, 2018, 03:25:53 AM »
Hi Ross,

Firstly, you should edit your post to remove your email address, otherwise you will attract a lot of unwanted spam via Web bots.

Secondly, I would suggest you try downloading the latest version of WR AIO from the Direct Download link on this page and install to update your current version.

You don't by chance have Malwarebytes 3.4 4 installed? There is a glitch in the latest release that can give similar symptoms - see the second post in this thread and the temporary work around until the fix is issued.


I've come across this Wiki-Errors site before when searching for resolutions to error messages. I believe all the links take you to the same computer fixing software that'll supposedly search your computer for problems and then present you with an enormous list that require you to purchase the software in order to fix the "errors". The universe does not contain a sufficiently long bargepole to touch this with.

General Computer Support / Re: Email hacking improvements needed;
« on: December 25, 2017, 12:07:17 PM »
Sorry, no idea what you're on about.........

General Computer Support / Re: Email hacking improvements needed;
« on: December 24, 2017, 10:57:49 PM »
This is my system for avoiding having to worry too much about spam.......

I have one domain name that I mainly use for personal mail that redirects mail to different Gmail accounts depending on the prefix to the @. I have one or two other Gmail accounts that I use for registration of software, forum registration etc. It's exceedingly rare that spam ever gets through Gmail's filters. Every so often, I review the Spam folders in Gmail for anything that's been wrongly filtered, but it's unusual for that to happen. When I download mail from the Gmail accounts to Outlook 2010, Google automatically archives the mail so I have a backup there of all my mail going back years, in addition to the regular backups of my Outlook PST files.

Works well for me.

General Computer Support / Re: No more spies in my system ...
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:30:46 PM »
"Snowden says it's an open-source tool designed for human rights activists and other people at risk and it uses an Android phone's sensors to detect changes in a room". So might excite the paranoid but I don't expect the rest of us really need it - "changes in a room?" Really?

Anyway, a wonderful, stress-free Christmas and New Year to all...........

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