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VC_RED.cab has shown up on one of my XPPro SP2 machines on the root drive:  The Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package.  I did not install this.  Can anyone tell me how it shows up on a machine?

Posted on 2009-04-01
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I have a very recent build of XP Pro with SP2, all updates, Firefox 3.08 w/NoScript, Sandboxie, Google Earth, latest Wireshark, latest Nmap, Comcast's version of McAffe Security Center, TCPView, Process Explorer, latest Thunderbird.  Machine is on its own IP behind a Netscreen 5XP.  I just recently noticed the VC_RED.cab and its files while looking around in Windows Explorer.  I know for sure that it wasn't there upon completion of the new ground-up rebuild.  Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Download details: Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b2da534-3e03-4391-8a4d-074b9f2bc1bf

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=200B2FD9-AE1A-4A14-984D-389C36F85647&displaylang=en

Probably came from here, and maybe packaged from one of your other apps that needed it?
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johnb6767,

  Thanks for the response.  Is this a common practice with various software apps to do this as part of an install, to your knowledge?  Can you think of an example of apps that do this?  I guess my main nervousness is that I hope it is not part of somthing malicious.

                                                            Thanks,
                                                             fmbtbt


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I dont have any off teh top of my head, for example purposes. Depends on how the app is written/packaged. Sometmes they can download the needed dependencies, and extract them, but usually it is done to a TEMP folder.

If you right click the file>Details, is it signed by MS?
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Yes, the files are signed by Microsoft.
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johnb6767,  I retraced my steps installing the mentioned software on another clean build XP Pro, and found that it was NMAP install that used VC_RED.cab and its files.  All is well.  Thanks for steering me in the right direction.
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Good to hear....
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