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#1 Romeo29


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Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:42 AM


I have not installed any game in Windows 7, yet when I turned on Windows 7 PC I found a "Steam Might and Magic - Single Player version" icon in my Start Menu. I opened Games Explorer and here is what I saw :

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I thought, "Boy, I got hit by malware today." I thought it was a malware trying to mimic like a valid game so I can go curious, double click on it and try to run it.

I cannot see Properties of this shortcut. So I created a shortcut to this shortcut on Desktop. Still no luck in Properties. Opened command prompt and looked at the contents of the .lnk file. Duh! Microsoft Windows 7 is stupid. It was thinking my recently installed Samsung PC Studio program (MM.exe) was a game by Ubisoft and added its icon to Games folder and Start Menu.

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Thanks Microsoft! Next time when you code, try checking the hash of game executables and their company name.

EDIT: You can reproduce this behavior on your Windows 7 computers too. Take an exe file (should be valid exe) and rename it to mm.exe. Then copy it to any subfolder in C:\Program Files, for example, copy it to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games. Double click the mm.exe to run it. Watch Windows 7 access the internet and bingo!

If you copy the mm.exe file in 2 (or more) different locations, then Windows 7 creates 2 (or more) shortcuts of Might and Magic in the Games folder. How stupid is that?

Edited by Romeo29, 12 June 2010 - 08:56 AM.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 04:12 PM

Well, that's just wonky... :huh:
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