Solved Paint pops up no matter what I try to do on here

July 28, 2017 at 21:23:09
Specs: Windows 10
The bitmap "Paint" is slowly taking over my pc. Each day an icon is gone. I can't open any of my programs or email without Paint popping up. I can't even run a virus scan on my PC. What can I do/

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July 29, 2017 at 02:34:23
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Back up your data if you haven't already done so.

Now perform a factory recovery if it's a laptop or factory-built desktop PC,


If it's custom-built desktop PC, re-install Windows using your installation media.

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July 29, 2017 at 02:51:50
Perhaps first try a few of the better cleaners.

Presuming you can boot into safe-mode, then in this order run - adwcleaner, malwarebytes, JRT (Junkware Removal Tool).

Retain any logs generated for possible examination and further help should it be required.

Response #1 here contains more details on where find the above free utilities, and how to use them. Note the advice about installing them using manual/custom mode - not the default automatic.

phiil's advice is sound and solid and it may be the only rcourse (path to go) if attempts at cleanng the system fail. With that in mind, even before you run the cleaners above, safe guard all your personal files by copying to external storage. An external hard drive would be best, and if there are seriously valuable/important items (photos come mind) make dvd copies too. Verify all copies are accessible too before gong the ultmate path of a factory reset/restore. Also make it a habit to have personal files duplicated off the system at all times; so as to avoid data loss of pests take over...

External usb drives are cheap enough these days; Amazon, Egghead eBay etc. come to mind if in Canada/USA; and in UK or Europe, then Amazon, Play,, eBuyer, and sometimes local computer chain stores,

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July 29, 2017 at 03:24:43
MS Paint is just reacting to the announcement that it is
being phased out. Can you blame it?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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July 29, 2017 at 05:29:33
Re#3: :)

Reinstall is always a viable option but once a good back up has been established, there is no risk in trying to save it without reinstalling first. I recommend trying #2 first and then posting the logs with the results (copy/paste) in individual replies so they can be reviewed. I have sent a note to JohnW who may pop over to give them a look over and offer additional suggestions. Good luck.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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