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Problem with Rkill and AudioSwitcher.exe

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#1 ohnowatdoihave


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 12:05 PM

Hi, recently Windows Update froze (Win 7), and I ran Rkill.exe... It stopped AudioSwitcher.exe:

 * C:\Misc\AudioSwitcher.exe (PID: 6520) [UP-HEUR]
After that, Windows Update worked fine. Anyway, I downloaded a new version of AudioSwitcher from the
guy's website, and rkill still kills it... 
I really like AudioSwitcher, but should I stop using it?
p.s. Neither Malwarebytes Anti-Malware nor Kaspersky Anti-Virus think it's infected.

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Posted 18 September 2016 - 07:05 PM

RKill is a specialized tool created by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), the site owner of BleepingComputer primarily designed to terminate suspicious processes (not specific malware) and reset various registry configuration settings that prevent anti-malware and anti-virus tools from running. In addition to terminating common malicious processes, RKill (by design) always terminates Explorer whether you are clean or not and files running from certain locations.
  • Executable files running from a user profile or from any Temporary Internet file.
  • Executable files running from the Windows folder (%WinDir%) without a digital signature.
In your case, AudioSwitcher.exe is running from C:\Misc which is not a normal location for an application to be running from.

Another possibility is that you downloaded AudioSwitcher.exe from a place other than the official site. If that was the case, get a second opinion...submit it to one of the online services that analyzes suspicious files.
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#3 ohnowatdoihave

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:24 AM

Hi, thanks for the info. I was thinking myself that I'll send the file to KAV.


Clearly something weird was going on since something was blocking Win update.

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