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Autostart : load, run and win.ini, system.ini

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#1 bolzano_1989


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 06:20 AM

Hello, I'm reading the tutorial : http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-use-hijackthis/ : I see this : "The load= statement was used to load drivers for your hardware. On Windows NT based systems (Windows 2000, XP, etc) HijackThis will show the entries found in win.ini and system.ini, but Windows NT based systems will not execute the files listed there." .
But it seems to be contrast with this : http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-program-automatic-startup-locations/ :
"The following are files that programs can autostart from on bootup:

1. c:\autoexec.bat
2. c:\config.sys
3 . windir\wininit.ini - Usually used by setup programs to have a file run once and then get deleted.
4. windir\winstart.bat
5. windir\win.ini - [windows] "load"
6. windir\win.ini - [windows] "run"
7. windir\system.ini - [boot] "shell"
8 . windir\system.ini - [boot] "scrnsave.exe"
9. windir\dosstart.bat - Used in Win95 or 98 when you select the "Restart in MS-DOS mode" in the shutdown men
10. windir\system\autoexec.nt
11. windir\system\config.nt"

My question : Can malware's files that are included in win.ini and system.ini be run/loaded in Windows NT based systems from these .ini files ?
Thank you for your kind attention :D .

EDIT: moved to a more suitable forum

Edited by garmanma, 30 March 2009 - 04:11 PM.

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