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Every half an hour or so, a console window will briefly appear on my screen and then close. This is extremely annoying, as it will steal focus from any other program or video game I run. Is there any way to find out what the executed program is? Is there some kind of "launched program history" in Windows?

I'm 90% sure it's not a scheduled task.

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Download and run Process Monitor. Add the following filter:

  • Operation – is – Process Create – include

Wait for the console window to appear, then look for any suspicious events in the log.

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Another useful Sysintenals tool is Process Explorer. – grawity Sep 24 '11 at 15:25
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Thanks. It was some kind of stupid automatic update program. – Mihai Sep 24 '11 at 15:50

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