• Not necessary program

    PPA.EXE Information

    This is a valid program but it is not required to run on startup.

    This program is not required to start automatically as you can run it when you need to. It is advised that you disable this program so that it does not take up necessary resources. The following information is a brief description of what is known about this file. If you require further assistance for this file, feel free to ask about in the forums.

  • Name
    <not used>
  • Filename
  • Command
    C:\Program Files\ElcomSoft\PPA\ppa.exe %1"
  • Description
    Added by the PPAuditor password-recovery program. Though listed as a security risk by Symantec, we feel that this program has legitimate uses and thus needs to be classified as a valid program.
  • File Location
    C:\Program Files\ElcomSoft\PPA\ppa.exe
  • Startup Type
    This is not technically a startup entry as this file will not load automatically when you start your computer. It does, though, start every time you run an .EXE program and we felt it should be listed. This file is started automatically via the following Windows Registry key:


    Under that key will be a value containing the filename that is launched when you run a .EXE file.

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