• User Choice program

    WMFHOTFIX.DLL Information

    This is a valid program, but it is up to you whether or not you want it to run on startup.

    Whether or not you need to run this program on startup must be decided by you. If you feel that you want this program starting automatically so that you have it available as needed, then do not disable it. The following information is a brief description of what is known about this file. If you require f urther assistance for this file, feel free to ask about in the forums.

  • Name
    [not used]
  • Filename
    wmfhotfix.dll
  • Command
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\wmfhotfix.dll
  • Description
    Added by the Windows WMF Metafile Vulnerability HotFix. This patch is used to protect your computer for the unpatched WMF vulnerability in Windows. This patch should no longer be needed as long as your computer has all the latest Windows updates.
  • File Location
    %System%
  • Startup Type
    This program starts from the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs.

    It may be necessary to use a special file deletion utility, such as BlitzBlank, to delete these files.

  • HijackThis Category
    O20 Entry
  • Note
    %System% is a variable that refers to the Windows System folder. By default this is C:\Windows\System for Windows 95/98/ME, C:\Winnt\System32 for Windows NT/2000, or C:\Windows\System32 for Windows XP/Vista/7.
  • This entry has been requested 6,766 times.

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