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#1 moonus

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:50 PM

I'm a new member so hello to you all. When I run my Anti virus scan, every time i'm told that
C:\WINDOWS\winstart.bat is offline. Could anyone tell me what this means and does it need sorting out.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 04:56 PM

Which anti-virus program are you running?

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 07:55 AM

The message you received is common among avast! users. Are you experiencing any other symptoms or signs of malware infection?

Winstart.bat is a batch File which was used on older Windows Operating Systems like Windows 95, 98 and ME. The file is usually located in the C:\Windows folder and is executed every time Windows starts just like AUTOEXEC.BAT as described here. Winstart.bat was also used to load memory-resident utilities in Windows applications in order to run DOS applications under Microsoft Windows version 3.00 as described in Microsoft Article ID: 69186. This file can be opened in Notepad for inspection of its contents and any text line can be suspended by typing REM followed by a space in front of the line.

However, I have found winstart.bat in many logs generated by security and investigative tools. In some (but not all) cases it is a hidden file related to malware and protected by a rootkit. These are some examples when it is found to be malicious:In other cases the file is installed to speed up the boot process so its not required and can be removed. However, if left on the machine, some anti-virus programs may detect it as the file is not able to be scanned properly.
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