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Unknown "Program" in Task Manager Start-up tab


rufford155

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#1
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.

View attachment PROGRAM.docx
 

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topgundcp

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#4
"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
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
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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topgundcp

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#7

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home Brewed
    CPU
    I7 4970K OC'ed @4.7 GHz
    Motherboard
    MSI-Z97
    Memory
    16 GB G-Skill Trident X @2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual HP-W2408
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    256 GB M2 sm951, (2) 500GB 850EVO, 5TB, 2 TB Seagate
    PSU
    Antec 850W
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#8
"Nor does it in Control Panel, Autoruns, Iobit, Ccleaner, Process Explorer or MyUninstaller."

As stated in earlier post.
 

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#9
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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