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What is this program? Dog icon, 169k in size, random filenames, c:\windows\temp folder.

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Hi,

I have noticed on my computer now, every morning i start it up and check windows task manager, i can see a file with a random name .exe. For example toady i have TTA4A7.exe, other days i could have SL8669.exe, AAB4TY.exe, and so on. If i search for the file, it appears in the c:\windows\temp folder, has a dog icon (similar to the one on the old windows 'ski' game, if anyone remembers that!), and is 169k in size.

My computer has not been exhibiting any strange problems. We run Trend Micro OfficeScan which is kept up to date, and a scan is run at 1:30pm every day. I have run windows defender and detected no spyware.

If i end the task and delete the file, it seems to come back after about 20 minutes? Not sure on exact time, but when i come back to use my pc it is there again.

I suspect it could be a part of one of my programs, but i am suspicious because of the file name, and where it is kept.

I have googled this but returned no result.

Has anyone else seen this file? Please help!


Thank you,

Adam
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by:r-k
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That does seem very suspicious. Here is what I suggest:

Download and run HijackThis from http://www.hijackthis.de/
Copy-and-paste the resulting log back to that same web site (not here)
Click on "Analyze", and then click on "Save Analysis" at the bottom of the next page.
Finally post a link here to the saved analyzed page.


In addition to the above, submit the file TTA4A7.exe to this web site:

 http://www.virustotal.com/en/indexf.html

(use the browse button at the top-right of that page, followed by "Send")
They will analyze the file and tell you within a few minutes if it's a known virus.
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rpggamergirl earned 500 total points
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Hi,
Don't worry about the file  in the "c:\windows\temp folder"
That file belongs to TrendMicro, it's their watchdog to evade detection from viruses they have to act like one.
Viruses which turns off antiviruses won't be able to detect TrendMicro's random file in the temp folder.
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by:rpggamergirl
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I'm sure if you contact TrendMicro they will be able to confirm that the random file in the temp folder with the dog icon belongs to their antivirus.
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by:r-k
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Good catch, rpggamergirl. I wasn't aware trendMicro was doing that!
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by:stdcitunit
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Thanks rpggamergirl! I have confimed this , it is even the same as the ofcscan file in the trend micro folder.

I was getting a little worried as i have found it on many of the workstations i administer. I feel much relieved!

Thank you again.
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No problem stdcitunit,
TrendMicro is wise for creating a file that evade detection from viruses, but they should really let their customers know about their watchdog, and who would not be curious about a random file in the temp folder that changes names? Of course the first thing one would think is malware or viruses/trojans because of the way the file acts and also where it's located.


yes r-k, I've read same cases a few times and 2 users actually contacted TrendMicro and was confirmed that the file belongs to them.
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