Is the pop-up from Trend Micro or spyware?

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I have Trend Micro Antivirus + with a lifetime subscription. It would update automatically, without any pop-up to notify me. Recently. it started notifying me that an update was installed and that I needed to reboot. I have problems rebooting, so just shut the system down and restarted. The pop-up continued to show each time I started. Today, I have a pop-up "Please approve changes." I have in the past had issues with spyware disguised as antivirus, so I'm hesitant to click on this message. Are my fears unfounded?
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Hi @desshopping, Merry Christmas and welcome to Trend Micro Community! 

For your issue, we would like to suggest reinstalling the latest version of Antivirus + Security (Ver. 11) to check if the same symptom occurs.

We have a support document which describes how to reinstall Trend Micro Security to the latest version to reset the program and patterns:
Reinstalling the latest version of Trend Micro Security program

If you're still seeing the error message, please provide a picture of the "Please approve changes" pop-up, we'll assist you soon. Thank you!

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