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how to tell what is launching processes

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I am having some problems with some processes that are named "00pxb7.exe" or some such garbage. I am sure it is virus related, but cannot tell what is launching the process. Trendmicro officescan is not picking this one up.  I would like to know if there is a way to find out what application or executable launched this nasty process. The process is never named the same between reboots. thank you
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Could be spyware related and not virus related - try running a spyware scanner - I recommend spybot - http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
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by:ironorion
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Spybot and Ad-aware both came up negative. They both were updated to their latest respecitve patternfiles.
I now believe this to be related to wind32.exe virus issue. I'm still having trouble making the random generated process names go away and stay away.
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by:Sam Cohen
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did you check in you registry under run?
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by:Longbow
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Run msconfig.exe from Start / Run
Open the Startup tab.
All the startup processes are there.
You can disable suspicious processes and restart.
Maybe you will find wich is the responsible.
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by:ironorion
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I've gone through all the standard virus/malware/spyware manual registry crawls looking for anything suspicious. No luck.
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nomi17 earned 375 total points
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Try this free tool called Process explorer:
(scroll to the bottom of page for download links)

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml

This will list your processes with a description that will most likely help you determine which programs are using it.
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by:Sam Cohen
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get this free dowload called Ace Utilities located here:

 http://www.download.com/3000-2086-10145494.html
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by:ironorion
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Thanks nomi17. While not a direct fix for my problem it is the tool I was looking for! All4artz, I gave the app you pointed to a try as well, not what I was looking for but something I will add to my bag o tricks just the same. Thanks all for your help.

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by:nomi17
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glad I could help in some way...
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