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What are these startup files? Bad?

By dana803 ·
Spyware is my nightmare. Trying to clean the last remaining bit off my computer, and there are 4 items in my startup files I am not able to identify. I have Windows XP Home. When I click Start, Run and type msconfig and go to the startup tab, there are many items, of course, but what are these?
tfttil.exe (...\system32)
cmpc16gt.exe (...\system32)
meruoq.exe (c:\winnt)
syugm.exe (c:\winnt)

The first 2 don't give information in the properties. The last 2 don't even show up in windows explorer even with hidden files turned on. I can't find information about any of these anywhere on the internet. Can I disable these? Should I leave them alone? Not sure what to do and if they are any menace to me. Thanks for any help.

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by Juergen Hartl In reply to What are these startup fi ...

fist do a virus check. Run spyware remover Ad-Aware and/or Spybot.
Disable them. If you run into problems enable one after the other.

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by willcomp In reply to What are these startup fi ...

The short answer is that no entries in the Startup list are necessary to run windows. Try disabling all of these and see if they remain disabled. Some malware will replicate and rename files at each boot.

I do not recall seeing these specific files before and I have seen a ton of adware, spyware, malware, and viruses in the last year (starting when DSL became readily available to local residents). However, I am always suspicious of mystery files in system32, windows, and winnt folders.

If you have a long list of unneeded entries in Startup tab, remove them from the Registry to simplify troubleshooting. Can provide direction on how to do this, if needed. Just post back and ask.

Limit what loads on bootup. Performance and stability will improve. If it's not required for one of your apps or frequently used, don't load it.


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