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Microsoft security Essentials detected a Trojan?

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#1 baazi


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Posted 15 June 2018 - 04:51 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials detected "license.exe" as a Trojan.  Can someone confirm if it's really a malware or false positive?

Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 15 June 2018 - 05:17 PM.
Moved from Win 10 to 'General Security'

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#2 cmptrgy


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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:07 PM

Windows Defender should have quarantined it: I suspect it isn't a false positive. Can you pull up what Windows Defender describes it as etc.?

What version of Windows 10 are you using? Please run winver to let us know.

My computer just upgraded to 1803 from 1709 and the dashboard are quite different.

Either way determine how Windows Defender describes it.


Check this out

https://www.file.net/process/license.exe.html for information.

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:46 PM

It could be malware or a legit file. What other security programs do you have installed?

If you have Malwarebytes...scan using it. If not you can download at Malwarebytes


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#4 baazi

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 12:33 AM

Secure A Plus detected it.  It has like 11 or 12 antivirus engines and one of them is Microsoft Security Essentials which detected the threat.


Here's the folder .... AppData\Local\Temp\license.exe

#5 eLPuSHeR


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 05:47 AM

It looks suspicious being at the temp folder.

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