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Possible Infection?


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#1 DaveC24

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 09:06 AM

Internet's been going incredibly slowly lately, so I decided to ctrl + alt + del and found that I have both taskmgr.exe AND taskmagr.exe.. Is that normal? Or is it possible that that is my problem?

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:53 AM

Anytime you come across a suspicious file or one that you do not recognize, search the name using Google or the following links:
BC's Startup Programs Database
SystemLookup StartupList Index
File Research Center
ProcessLibrary.com
ThreatExpert Malware Search

You may be dealing with this TASKMAGR.EXE.

Most of the processes in Task Manager will be legitimate as shown in these links.
List of common system processes found in XP's Task Manager
Common Processes found in XP's Task Manager
How To Determine what Services are running in Windows XP

Determining whether a file is malware or a legitimate process sometimes depends on the location (path) it is running from. One of the ways that malware tries to hide is to give itself the same name as a critical system file. However, it then places itself in a different location on your computer. A file's properties may give a clue to identifying it. Right-click on the file, Properties and examine the General and Version tabs.

If you cannot find any information, the file has a legitimate name but is not located where it is supposed to be, or you want a second opinion, submit it to jotti's virusscan or virustotal.com. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.
-- Then post back with the results of the file analysis.
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