Unkown Application found

Posted on 2004-11-07
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I was auditing a machine, running Windows XP Home, I found an application that was populated in the Add and remove programs listing called "Brownie".  Size 0.80MB, Used Rarely, last used on 11/2/2004.  Has anyone ever seen this before?  What is it, where did it come from?

Question by:Athanman
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi Athanman,
    Yes, you probably have Brother printer or something. BROWNIE stands for "Brother OWN Instant Explorer." Its not malicious.

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    Expert Comment

    Hello Athanman =)

    Using any Brother printer ??
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    Author Comment

    LOL -- yeah thank you-- I figured it out -- it is from Brother -- it's the Brother Own Instant explorer software.
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    Expert Comment

    Brownie could be a couple of different things - it is most likely that it is not something nasty - if that's what you are worried about.

    If this computer is hooked up to a Brother printer it is most likely - BRownie - which is an acronym for Brother OWN Instant Explorer. BRownie is a Brother utility used to monitor the status of a Brother printer.

    The user of the computer may have installed BrownIE. BrownIE is a web browser - to find out more about this product, go to

    Brownie could also be a number of other programs, but straight off the top of my head - the two above are possibly the most probable - not knowing much about the situation.


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