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PuTTY icon showing up on Taskbar

Discussion in 'General Security' started by cpapsi, Apr 16, 2016.

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  1. cpapsi

    cpapsi Thread Starter

    Apr 16, 2016
    Hello, I found this website while looking for help on this matter.

    I noticed that, on the family computer, sometimes this weird icon shows up on the taskbar. When I right click it, it shows options to add keys, but I don't know if someone has access to the PC because of it or if it is triggered to open by something on the computer itself and is harmless.

    I don't understand much about it. How can I get rid of this PuTTY? I can't find it if look it up on the PC, as suggested in this thread I found: https://forums.techguy.org/threads/putty-rnd-shows-up-in-my-files.826903/#post-6714012

    Can someone help? Thank you
  2. bobs-here


    Mar 12, 2016
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    this is info from the link below on the official Putty install and removal and also depends on the OS on the machine. i am assuming win7

    set a system restore marker before removing files.

    to remove putty's data:
    1. Just delete all the files from this location:
    C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\PUTTY.RND
    Remove putty.exe and its directory, locate your PUTTY.RND, delete it, empty trash, or cut & paste the files to a thumb drive

    Or search your C drive to find it-stored by default in the 'Application Data' directory

    note.. this part requires a removal of a file in the registry:
    next, click start button/Start Search box/ type in the Open drop down window: regedit Press OK

    Or either OS press the Windows logo key on your keyboard +r to launch run, then type in the Open drop down window: regedit

    Look to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham Right click on it, select Delete.
    from the link below:
  3. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

    Aug 27, 2003
    Please don't assume anything. It's important to post instructions relevant to the operating system the user is running.
    There are no files in the registry, only keys and data values. Also, when asking a user who may not be familiar with the registry to delete something you should always instruct them on how to create a backup first in case they delete the wrong key. What do you think may happen if they delete the "software" key by mistake?
  4. TulsaRose


    Jan 6, 2012
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    Another possibility is the OP has installed a key tracker app...maybe? If that's the case, it would be easy to Remove the program.

    Cookiegal, you gave some excellent advice.(y)
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