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  1. Excellent advice from the moderator above. Also, depending upon which version of Windows you are using you may want to disable "WebClient" in Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services. The WebClient "Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files." I always disable this and many other services which I do not use and was recommended by an excellent article I read on Hardening Windows. Shouldn't cause any issues as long as your not hosting web sites as far as I know.
  2. Also, I'm not sure if anyone was able to assist you yet or not. The "curl" program is used to connect to the internet and other internet related functions. It is included in almost all Linux distros but not native to Windows. The curl program is most likely located in one of your AppData folders. The Sysinternals Process Explorer problem should show you the exact location and commands used by the curl program: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer Please post the logs as instructed in the post above this post.
  3. In reply to IWANTSUNSHINE and others, Western Digital external drives have an unusual way of auto running their software. Rather then using "autorun.ini" like most USB flash drives or other programs, Western Digital uses technology similar to old U3 enabled flash drives in that it runs a small ISO that acts like a CD disk. Western Digital refers to this as a "Virtual CD (VCD)" and can be disabled: https://support.wdc.com/knowledgebase/answer.aspx?ID=3835 I did notice that during a "Full" scan with "scan external drives" disabled that the autorun.ini file in the external drive popped up in the lists of files as it was scanning but did not appear to scan anything else in the external drive. Perhaps the Kaspersky software is flagging the unusual Virtual CD (VCD) in the users external drive? I guess we will only find out the EXACT reason if a representative from Kaspersky would join in the conversation(s)!
  4. Kaspersky just deleted over 300 programs/ISO's from an external drive even though I specifically told it not to scan external drives. It had flagged over 900 items including Linux distros that I use for testing/analysis. While it is no great loss as I have all these files/programs backed up to 2 other drives, it is disturbing to me that if I specifically tell Kaspersky not to scan external drives yet it does so anyways is a problem. The whole reason I (tried to) stop Kaspersky from scanning my external drives was because I knew that many of the tools I use for testing/research would be flagged and/or possibly deleted or quarantined. Are there no Kaspersky representatives or moderators on this forum?
  5. I just purchased Kaspersky Total Security and hour ago and I noticed that it had some "network protection" in the form of a so-called VPN (virtual private network) that uses HotSpot Shield. There has been several warnings about VPN's in the news recently and HotSpot Shield was (allegedly) caught logging users browsing history and even selling users data to advertisers (among other things). https://thehackernews.com/2017/08/hotspot-shield-vpn-privacy.html Why on EARTH would Kaspersky include this in it's software bundle? Several other VPN's are in question as well: https://restoreprivacy.com/vpn-warning-list/ I promptly removed this "feature" from Programs and Features in Windows Control Panel.
  6. I just purchased Kaspersky Total Security an hour ago. I disabled external drive scanning as well but noticed that during "rootkit scan" it was hanging at 43% until I ejected my USB flash drive and then the scan percentage picked up very fast and completed it's scan very quickly.
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