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My computer seemed to be running a bit slow and laggy. So I checked the processes in the Task Manager to see if there were any hogging a lot of memory.

I came across these two strangely named processes. I have no idea what they are, and when I tried to end them, I got an error saying access denied.

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Anyone have any idea what these are? Do I have some type of bug? I am running windows 7.

Edit to answer comment:

When I right-click and do Open File Location, nothing happens (for either of them). However, I can open the file location of other processes just fine.

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enter image description here Right click the process and select Open File location and you will be able to see what the process it.


EDIT: have just seen that you can't open the location! Sorry.. A tool like Process Explorer (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/processexplorer.aspx) should be able to tell you what the process is and where it is.

You can also try a search across your computer for (abc123.exe) and see which folder comes up as the culprit.

You may be able to disable the culprit by going to start > Run (or windows key + R) > msconfig > OK and then going to the startup tab and disabling anything that looks dodgy (if you break anything doing this, boot to safe mode and re-enable things) enter image description here

These processes are definitely suspicious at the very least. You should start cleaning your machine as soon as you can. Most Antivirus/Anti-Malware/Alty-Spyware applications these days can catch most stuff, but industry experts predict they can have as low as a 20% detection rate for advanced infections. The easiest way to try and catch everything is to install and update a free AV, scan with it, cleanup anything thats found and then uninstall and move onto another one. Some recommendations for good freebies:

Alternatively, you may want to consider backing up your data and formatting your disk - but dependant on the infection you find, this may be overkill.

Hope this helps.

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