I recently got this window pop called "AI Project Updater Installing:" that would occur every start up and seems to be stuck in its progress bar and cannot be closed in the conventional "close" button or the "x". I researched it and it there doesn't seem to be much information on what this is, why it pops up and how to stop it from popping up. If there is anyone that is dealing with this issue, this post may be of some help.
The reason I am posting this is because I believe I have found out generally what it is and that it might not be a malicious thing like some are treating it to be. Ive scanned the system with MalwareBytes in regular boot and in Safe Mode and it did not find anything. With the "AI Project Updater Installing:" window still open, it can be seen in the Windows Task Manager under applications, which gets me to lean towards this not being a malicious object. To find out where it was coming from, I right clicked the Application "AI Project Updater" and clicked "Go To Process". It took me to the process tab in Windows Task Manager and highlighted the process called "messenger.exe". If you "End Process", it will close the window and it wont pop back up, but it will show up when the system is restarted or rebooted. I decided to check the Startup procedure when you run msconfig. With System Configuration Utility open, under the Startup tab you will find messenger listed. When I traced it's location, it directed to Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Components\messenger.exe. I scanned this Common Files folder and all its contents with MalwareBytes but came back with nothing malicious. So I simply unchecked "messenger" from the startup list and everything runs just fine. I have read though, that many other malicious viruses and trojans mask themselves as messenger.exe and if located in a system32 file, it could be a malicious one.
Figured this would be food for thought if anyone is searching for information on the "AI Project Updater Installing" window.
Edited by hamluis, 07 May 2011 - 07:28 AM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected.