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#1 CalusBlade

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 02:38 PM

rundll32.exe <--- I think this came after I installed the NVIDIA driver but I'm not sure. The discription says it helps with memory and i do notice when i run games, least memory is used.
ctfmon.exe

These are in the task menu by the way.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 04:03 PM

These 2 files can be legitimate, they can be malware, or rundll32 can be being used by malware to launch itself.

Try a couple of these free, online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

<links compiled on 02/14/2008>

If they scan clean in a couple of the above scans, then chances are that they're OK.

Rundll32.exe is needed to run some processes/programs on your system. In particular, the nVidia stuff may be using it.
ctfmon.exe is the Windows language bar - and it gets started by either the Regional Settings in Control Panel - or by Micrsoft Office - or by both. It's a pain to stop, but if you don't need it by all means turn it off.
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