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3 suspicious startup items

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  1. tgjapser

    tgjapser Thread Starter

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    I open my startup items in configsys and found 3 items that seamed suspicious. E_S12F, E_S2644, E_S71A. I did searches, but could not find anything. I’m running xp pro on a optiplex gx620 box.
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    It looks like those are related to an Epson printer or scanner. Do you have one now or perhaps had one before?

    Was this computer upgraded from an earlier operating system such as Windows 98?
     
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    I believe you're right. I open the command column in startup and trace the path back to a folder full of epson stuff. A click over identified the program was from epson.

    However, I disable the 3 items in startup and rebooted the computer, thinking if they had something to do with my printers (Epson R260 & CX4800) that it would disable them. After the reboot the printer works fine. So I'm going to leave them offline unless something pops up indicating they're needed.
     
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    XP doesn't use config.sys so I doubt they are needed. I suspect they are left over from an older operating system and aren't needed for the printer to work on XP. :)

    If not, it could be because the printers run on 98 so they may put entries there even if not needed on XP.

    I may be wrong but I don't think even 98 needed them. In any event, they are not malicious files.
     
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