This popup first appeared yesterday at the bottom right hand corner of my desktop. It was gray with a blue border, had an icon in the upper left corner with what looked like a conversation bubble. It simply said Message Center. There was a button for options. Inside the box it said a critical security update is available, and there was a 'more information' link to click on.
I had no idea what this was or where it came from so of course I wasn't about to click on anything other than the x in the upper right corner to close the box.
I scanned the computer with both ZA and another product and it came up clean. The popup appeared again today. This time I left it there and went searching on Google. Yesterday I had seen Real Player mentioned on Google as being the possible culprit, so I googled that, and the icon does match Real Player. Here is a link to one discussion. WARNING: there is a link within this discussion that posters there are warning NOT to click on.
I don't use Real Player. Possibly a web page I used may or may not have played a music clip with it. I listened to a song excerpt a long time ago on Amazon.ca and it opened a little player, not sure if it was Real or not. I haven't used Real Player in years, as back on my old computer I found Real to be a bit obnoxious, wanting to take over as my default media player when that is not what I wanted, always wanting to run in the background on bootup, and so on. (QuickTime used to do that, too, and I did not like that either.)
I do have Real installed on this computer, but I don't even want to open it to disable notification options because I'm afraid that'll set Real to try the same old stunts as in the past--taking over as default media player, starting up and running with my other startup programs, etc.
Is anyone else seeing this popup? One person who posted at the link I mentioned above seemed to think this is malicious, not the real thing.
Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite