how to tell what is launching processes

Posted on 2004-09-29
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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
Question by:ironorion
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Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 12184523
Could be spyware related and not virus related - try running a spyware scanner - I recommend spybot - http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Author Comment

ID: 12184669
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
ID: 12186853
did you check in you registry under run?
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Expert Comment

ID: 12188044
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.

Author Comment

ID: 12189984
I've gone through all the standard virus/malware/spyware manual registry crawls looking for anything suspicious. No luck.

Accepted Solution

nomi17 earned 375 total points
ID: 12191931
Try this free tool called Process explorer:
(scroll to the bottom of page for download links)


This will list your processes with a description that will most likely help you determine which programs are using it.

Expert Comment

by:Sam Cohen
ID: 12192081
get this free dowload called Ace Utilities located here:


Author Comment

ID: 12199610
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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ID: 12202056
glad I could help in some way...

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