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Yeah so I saw some new processes in task manager hat I dont remember seeing before!

Just want to make sure what they were! Heres what they were:

Name: mpas-d_bd_1.161.1215.0.exe

Description: AntiSpyware Definition Update

Location: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\Install

Size: 378 KB (387,856 bytes)

Created: Today, ‎6 ‎November ‎2013, ‏‎4:52:45 PM

Modified: Yesterday, ‎5 ‎November ‎2013, ‏‎1:33:52 PM

Accessed Today, ‎6 ‎November ‎2013, ‏‎4:52:45 PM

Name: MpMiniSigStub.exe

Description: Microsoft Antimalware Signature Redirector

Location: C:\94b2a677ef4a1711cc35f72d50

Size: 26.6 KB (27,280 bytes)

Created: ‎Tuesday, ‎27 ‎August ‎2013, ‏‎5:05:52 AM

Modified: ‎Tuesday, ‎27 ‎August ‎2013, ‏‎5:05:52 AM

Accessed Tuesday, ‎27 ‎August ‎2013, ‏‎5:05:52 AM

Name: MpSigStub.exe

Description: Microsoft Malware Protection Signature Update Stub

Location: C:\Windows\System32

Size: 233 KB (238,872 bytes)

Created: ‎Thursday, ‎21 ‎January ‎2010, ‏‎2:08:50 PM

Modified: ‎Tuesday, ‎3 ‎September ‎2013, ‏‎2:35:12 PM

Accessed ‎Thursday, ‎21 ‎January ‎2010, ‏‎2:08:50 PM

Sorry, but I didn't see the user it was running under or the memory it was using... I just have the properties tabs open from when I saw them...

But anyway, they say AntiSpyware and Antimalware and I haven't downloaded anything like that lately... Unless, it was apart of a Windows Update...

I just would like to know if these files are normal or not?

They aren't running anymore and were only there for a few minutes after I started up my computer.


Im running Windows Vista 32-bit with Avast Antivirus FREE, Malwarebytes FREE and SUPERAntiSpyware FREE.

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hmmm ... two possibilities as i see it ...


(1) : if you "blindly accept en masse" all of the *stuff* offered in windows update then this and other certain items can be downloaded .

windows update does not differentiate on things MSE if you have other AV/AM programs installed ...

it will download the database updates and the "malicious software removal tool"

(which is why i always "tell" windows update exactly what I want done)


(2) i found one reference to a supposed rootkit that has a similar alphanumeric designator as your first item ... nothing definitive .


i don't believe there is much to be concerned with ...

other than the fact it your OS is a "dead horse" and no "updates" are being written for it unless the update applies "across the board" with other certain other M$ operating systems .

according to current plans ... XP will fall into the same category in april .

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