Virus...please explain this virus and what it can access

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16.4.4206.722_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\ModernMail\components\commandbar

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The WindowsApps folder stores all in-built and downloaded Store apps, and normally users (including admins) don't even have permission to access that location. What makes you think the Windows Mail app is a virus?

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My virus program picked it up as a script virus.  Using smadav latest virus checker.   I'm concerned about my info on my pc.  Writing books and someone tried to steal my books on the 6th of June. Just concerned.

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Never even heard of smadav. Its website says "Smadav is an antivirus that is designed as additional (second layer) protection, so it's compatible and could be installed and run together with another antivirus in your PC." So what primary AV are you using?

Did smadav delete the supposed "script virus"? Perhaps you received an infected attachment and so it's flagging the Windows Mail app.

I suggest you scan your system with well-regarded anti-malware apps like Kaspersky and MalwareBytes instead. If you don't use the Windows Mail app you can also uninstall it using CCleaner.

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It IS a virus, since i did not ask for it, and it is using (at times) at lot of resources and is not doing anything i need to be done.

The name is windowscommunicationsapps_16.4.4206.722_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

Not Windows_MailService or some normal name.

I do not use mail (in this system) so what the **** is this program busy with?

So maybe it is made by Microsoft, does not mean it categorizes as a (nasty) virus.

most important how to remove this?

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Hi,

To assist you better, kindly send us a screenshot and provide more details by answering the following questions:

  • Are you encountering the same issue as the author stated above?
  • What is the exact error message that you are getting?
  • When did you start encountering the issue?
  • Do have any other anti-virus software installed on your computer aside from Windows Defender?

We will appreciate if you can provide us more information regarding your concern so that we can identify the issue.

We look forward to your response.

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It IS a virus, since i did not ask for it...

Answer-by-number:

1. Did the computer come with Win10 preinstalled, did you do a clean install of Win10, or did you upgrade a Win7 computer or a Win8.1 computer [<=PICK ONE!] to Win10?

2. Who manufactured the computer (e.g., Dell; HP; Acer; Lenovo; ASUS)?

3. Has a Norton application or a McAfee application EVER been installed on the computer since you bought it?

4. Have you ever run the Norton Removal Tool and/or the McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool?

5. What Version & OS Build of Windows 10 is currently installed?

  • Press & hold the Windows Key and press the R key. In the RUN dialog, type WINVER and press the Enter key.

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~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
Microsoft MVP (Windows Client) since October 2002

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