Malware on computer not caught by Maximum Security

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The following files were installed on my computer on 5/16/18:


Google identifies all of these as malware. I have Trend Micro Maximum Security installed and updated, so why didn't it catch them? I have run several scans and nothing is identified. I have tried to delete them, but they will not uninstall. How do I remove these programs?

I have an HP 23-o14 64-bit system running windows 10 with Maximum Security 2018 under full licence with all current updates.

Thank you for your attention.
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Hi, nanahaw.

It's unfortunate to hear of your experience but rest assured we'll do our best to help you out.

Most of the programs you mentioned are potentially unwanted and fake anti-virus programs. Most of these programs are installed via bundling with free programs installed on the PC - if these programs are allowed by the user to have it installed, the Trend Micro program can no longer interfere with that. But don't worry those programs are just classified as grayware and it's not an actual malware - a possible attribute why most antivirus programs does not detect them - they just change some settings on your PC, especially on your browsers, to inject misleading ads and popups.

For that, we can just provide some manual removal. To uninstall the Potentially Unwanted Applications using the Control Panel, refer to the steps below:
  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows Windows Key + R keys.
  2. In the Open field, type "appwiz.cpl", then press ENTER. The "Programs and Features" window will open.
  3. Browse through the program list and uninstall any programs that you are unfamiliar with.
After that, we can go ahead and clean up your browsers' settings just in case it was configured by those programs you mentioned. You may refer on this link for the detailed instructions.

Feel free to let us know if you need more assistance or any inquiries. Kindly send a screenshot or the exact wordings if you receive any error messages.

Thank you!
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Posted a month ago and it still isn't corrected on Trend Micro's end? I now have this virus....when will my current anti-virus software, that I am paying for, detect this and prevent it from attack my computer?  A month ago? Really?
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Hi fjkladder27

Welcome to TM Home users Community, a public site where volunteers try to help each-other , also there are TM Employees that can give answers, that is only at working hours. I am just a volunteer!Like Malik response, read it well!! It is no virus but it is added with your permission.  
You can follow the advice above! 
Hope you can manage, if needed more help, post here
 Kind regards, 
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Hello fjkladder27 and welcome to the Community!

We're sorry to hear about your experience. Please follow TM_Malik's suggestion to immediately remove all of the potentially unwanted applications on your computer


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