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#1 yudell426

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 11:09 AM

In 'startup', i have a program called 'program'. what is it? Is it malware?

 

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 06:25 PM

Can you locate it in the Startup tab in Task Manger (click on the More details view if you can't see the tabs)?

If so, right click on it and select "Properties"

Let us know it's Name and it's location (it's in the General tab)


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 02:04 PM

Thanks for your reply. It's in 'task manager' under startup, but offers no information about itself. right clicking offers no information or clues, and the 'properties' tab is greyed out. No further details are offered or available. I was just wondering it was malware. However the option to 'disable' is available, but no option to delete it. I was hoping to learn about it's purpose before i did anything. It could be a file leftover from a previously downloaded program, but i would think there would be a program name left behind as well. I didn't want to disable it only to find later it is a system file or sub program. 


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Posted 19 December 2015 - 05:35 AM

I've seen this before (back in the W7/Vista days) and dismissed it as harmless back then.

I can't remember exactly why, and unfortunately my system doesn't have this entry.

But when I encounter it at work these days I just leave it alone.

 

But, to be sure, try a couple of these free, independent virus scans (I got them from this link:  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA15-286A ):

 

       F-Secure

       https://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/online-scanner (link is external)

       McAfee

       http://www.mcafee.com/uk/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx (link is external)

       Microsoft

       http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx (link is external)

       Sophos

       https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/virus-removal-tool.aspx (link is external)

       Trend Micro

       http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ (link is external)

The above are examples only and do not constitute an exhaustive list. The U.S. Government does not endorse or support any particular product or vendor.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:44 AM

thanks. i'm starting to get the feeling that this entry is harmless as well. i'll just disable it and see what happens. if the NSA doesn't tell me to turn it back on, i'll be satisfied!






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