Hoping some of you clever bods can help. Have been having a few network/wifi issues with my Windows 7 Home Premium. I'm fairly tech-savvy, so no direct problem with viruses, malware etc. as far as I'm aware.
After some recent odd behaviour e.g. my browser seeming to take forever to look up a request, I did a bit of googling and ended up running "netstat -ba" which in turn led me to look at running processes.
I have an Asus laptop and Taskmanager shows a process "FBAgent.exe" running. This is distributed by Asus and is their "fastboot" application. So, going to the location in /system32/ folder, I right click on the exe and a number of odd things appear. One, it is much smaller than the listed size on Asus own website. Two, in the properties window it says "Chinese language version". So naturally I was a bit suspicious.
Here's where I don't understand: I thought I might just delete it. Okay, perhaps I should use a more structured approach, but figured I could delete it and then install the version downloaded directly from Asus. But it doesn't delete because it says
"The action can't be completed because the file is open in AFBAgent"
And where in my computer does AFBAgent live? Nowhere apparently. Turned on folder options to show hidden files, plus show system files. Did a search at root level i.e. at "C:" and nothing found.
Trying a different approach, I ran msconfig.exe and looked at my start items. While I didn't find any app or process that matches the above, I did find that a driver for a now defunct USB wifi extender was running, and knowing that the drivers were from a Chinese/Asian company (Ralink) I decided to remove them. Msconfig lists this driver as being installed at
HKLM/SOFTWARE/Wow6432Nove/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/ etc. The weird thing is - this directly DOES NOT EXIST anywhere on my computer that I can find, nor does a search in Regedit, starting at top level, find anything.
So firstly - any and all help appreciated. Secondly, where would I find AFBAgent? How can I remove traces of this "Wow6432" folder from registry/computer?
Anything else I need to be doing. Many thanks in advance :0)