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Notice to update virus definitions. Is it legit?

I'm getting a random notice in the lower right corner of my screen. (Windows 8.1) that says "virus definition files are out of date. you should update them" with a link to update. That's all that's on the notification.  The rest is just a white background.  I'm afraid to click the link.  I'm running the free version of AVG and AVG says it's all up to date.  Windows Defender is turned off. I tried a restore point, but it's still popping up.

I ran Malwarebtes and it found some pups which I removed, but I'm still getting the popup.

Any ideas how to tell if this is legitimate?  I'm afraid to log into anything secure while on my computer.


Windows 8* malware

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8/22/2022 - Mon