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Multiple computers with multiple files ending in .exe*32


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#1 EmmyTheGreen

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 06:55 PM

I could use some help. I'm not the best at this type of thing but I was having some major problems with my laptop and even though I ran both Spybot S&D and Malwarebytes they came back clean. But my wireless wouldn't stay connected and I was highly suspicious. I wondered what processes were running and when I started the Task Manager it showed multiple files ending in .exe*32. 

 

I know this isn't correct and I Googled and found this forum. I have downloaded the Farbar and the other two and it's helped a lot but since I don't know what I'm looking at or for and there are still multiple files ending like that I'm not sure what to do next. 

 

Also, I checked my desktop and discovered the same thing. It runs slow but I haven't done anything to it. I use LogMeIn and I'm concerned that I might have infected the other computes I was connected to. Can anyone help me, please? Thank you in advance.



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Posted 09 December 2014 - 09:59 PM

Processes that end with *32 are 32-bit applications running under WOW on a 64-bit OS. WOW64 allows 32-bit Windows-based applications to run on 64-bit Windows...see Running 32-bit Applications

Microsoft created the folder named SysWOW64 for storing 32-bit .dll files. WOW64 equates to "Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit". This folder contains all the 32-bit .dll files required for compatibility which run on top of the 64-bit version of Windows. WOW64 is the x86 emulator that allows 32-bit Windows-based applications to run on 64-bit Windows but x86 applications are re-directed to the x86 \syswow64 when seeking the x64 \system32. The C:\Windows\System32 folder still exists in the 64-bit version of Windows but it is used as a repository for 64-bit .dll files.

Some examples...

a2guard.exe *32
firefox.exe *32
EditPadLite.exe *32
HPOSD.exe *32
plugin-container.exe *32
mbam.exe *32
mbae.exe *32
WinPatrol.exe *32

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 10:35 PM

Oh! Well I feel like a bit of an idiot. LOL Thank you so much for the information! I'm reading through it now. :)



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Posted 09 December 2014 - 10:38 PM

 

Oh! Well I feel like a bit of an idiot.

Why? Because you did not understand something and asked? No I find that to be quite smart.



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Posted 10 December 2014 - 05:35 AM

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