Strange process names
Posted on 2006-11-14
We have found that on most of our PCs and laptops that there is always a process running with a perculiar name. Each time it starts it is named with a different set of random letters or numbers - for example HG4A8F.EXE - and is being run from the c:\windows\temp directory folder.
We use Dell Optiplex PCs, Dell Inspiron and Lattitude laptops throughout the business running Windows XP SP2 with all MS patches pushed out on a routine basis.
When we terminate the process, a new one kicks off creating a new exe in the temp folder with another random name. Nothing seems to be affected by this process being terminated.
None of the spyware, adware or virus scans show as anything running or infecting the machines. There are no properties on the exe to indicate where it is from.
Can anyone help explain what this process is? Is it safe to running?