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Recently, whenever I try to start KakaoTalk on Windows 10, I get this message and the program exits:

monitor program has been found running in your system

Themida: A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.

Themida says their product: Themida ® Advanced Windows software protection system, developed for software developers who wish to protect their applications against advanced reverse engineering and software cracking.

So, it sounds like it is something within KakaoTalk that is detecting something on my system. It has not been saying this, but only started saying this after a recent KakaoTalk software update.

What needs to be done so this messages goes away and I can use the KakaoTalk app on Windows 10? Is there a way to troubleshoot what process is conflicting with KakaoTalk?

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    You have Themida installed. Configure it correctly or uninstall it. If this is a corporate computer speak to your IT department.
    – DavidPostill
    Feb 7, 2021 at 18:12
  • I don't know what Themida is? This is my personal computer. Themida says "Themida ® Advanced Windows software protection system, developed for software developers who wish to protect their applications against advanced reverse engineering and software cracking." So, I think it is embedded within the chat software that is detecting something on my system it doesn't like...
    – Sun
    Feb 7, 2021 at 19:03
  • @Sun - Why don't you just simply uninstall Thermida if you don't know what it is?
    – Ramhound
    Feb 8, 2021 at 1:50
  • @Ramhound Thermida is not on a list of programs you can uninstall. Like I said, I think it is embedded/compiled into the KakaoTalk software.
    – Sun
    Feb 8, 2021 at 2:18
  • So what security software do you have installed?
    – Ramhound
    Feb 8, 2021 at 3:11

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If you see this message from KakaoTalk, review the latest programs that was recently installed by Windows. Systematically, uninstall the most recently installed software (sort by Install Date). Restart Windows, then see if KakaoTalk lets you go further.

In my case, it was Spotify Desktop software that was uninstalled and the message went away. I don't consider Spotify malicious software, but perhaps there was some false positive with ad system or something in their code that triggered a false positive.

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