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Unknown "Program" in Task Manager Start-up tab

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Unknown "Program" in Task Manager Start-up tab


    Anybody know what this "Program" is and whether it is safe?
    'Open file location' and 'Properties' are both greyed-out. Search online is no help at all.

    PROGRAM.docx

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  2. #2


    Please don't post docx no one will open it as it can contain viruses post text or image
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  3. #3


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    OK here's a jpg


    Click image for larger version
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  4. #4


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,848
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    "Program" is left in the Start-up when you uninstall a program that didn't manage to remove that entry correctly. In fact, that entry is now empty and doesn't call anything, but just stays there in the Task Manager.
    Download: WhatInStartup - Disable/delete programs at Windows startup
    run then high lite "Program" , click on red X to delete from startup
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  5. #5


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    I always uninstall with Iobit which normally removes everything after powerful scan.

    The "Program" entry doesn't appear in Whatinstartup.
    Nor does it in Control Panel, Autoruns, Iobit, Ccleaner, Process Explorer or MyUninstaller.

    I am at a loss!
    It's disabled and all's well so looks like I'll just have to leave it sitting there.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Just found out in another forum that there's a right click context menu option 'Command Line' on Start-up Impact in Task Manager which shows the path.

    The path is Program Files (x86) / Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.
    But that location does not actually exist!
    I did try that program but uninstalled it so it clearly is an orphan.
    Can't understand why it's stuck in Task Manager but nowhere else.

    Possibly might need a registry fix?
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  7. #7


    San Jose - California
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    Try: Autoruns for Windows
    the entry should be there.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    "Nor does it in Control Panel, Autoruns, Iobit, Ccleaner, Process Explorer or MyUninstaller."

    As stated in earlier post.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Solved


    Downloaded Freefixer portable on advice from elsewhere.
    It found the orphan registry key and I deleted it.
    Now gone from Task Manager.
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