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What the heck is ping1w.exe?

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I notice that ping1w.exe is executed at startup and even if i disable it using msconfig, it will still start up.. can anyone enlighten me on what the heck this file is used for? I don't like what the name implies.. ping...

I am using WinSE with all patches installed

Thanks
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It's definitely not a windows file, what type of internet connection do you have (yous sign-on says adsl), is it adsl? If so, this file may be related to the NIC card or special software. Search for the file and right click on it and then click properties. It should identify who wrote it etc.

You can remove it via the registry (Run or Run Services etc) if need be.
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Hi... well, I am not sure.. the path is c:\windows\ping1w.exe ..  i am on adsl service, but have been for the past 2 years, never seen this file before until recently...

someone please??

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Did you check the file properties as I asked? This should enable you to determine the origin of the file.

We can remove it from the regsitry so it won't start, that's easy enough, but I'd rather not do that if its a necessary file.
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by:adsl
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Yap, I checked the properties, there's no "version" tab.. it was born on christmas day though  ;)

I have actually renamed the file and hence it doesn't get executed anymore.. but i just want to know what this file is for! It slows my boot time and as mentioned before, I don't like what the name implies.. seems as it is pinging some external computer, perhaps sending information that I am online? Or is this an undiscovered trojan/worm/whatever? I update my nav definations weekly.
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Some ISP's use pingers to keep connections alive, which is why I reluctantly remove them until I can determine what they are. Normally had this been a worm or trogan, it would have acted in a stealth mode and you wouldn't see it during boot.

I've checked all of the domestic and international databases and it doesn't surface, so I think it is safe to presume that it isn't a worm or trojan.

Go into regedit and search just on ping1w and tell me where in the reg you find it and then we'll remove it.
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It's ok, I managed to remove it from startup and also renamed the file for good measure.. my net access doesnt seem to be any different.

thanks lots for your effort..
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If anyone knows specifically what ping1w.exe is for and where it originated from, do let me know..
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I will still continue trying to develop the source of that file for you.
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