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Hello everyone hope you all are having a wonderful day I have this issue that makes me think its not malware but not sure I had recently been experiencing problems with my pc like delay and recently found some weird chinese symbols in my registry ill show a picture at the bottom.

ps: This is a new account I had to make because I got logged out my other account so ill use this one for the mean time.



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I do not believe them to be a virus. The name appears to be Korean but is not translated into English which makes sense.

The entries appear to be for varying different types of picture file formats. They exist on one of my systems that has a lot of graphics programs installed but does not exist on another computer that has no graphics programs installed.

Without spending a lot of time auditing the key I'm not sure what it's real use is for. I exported as .REG and as a Hive and Virus Total does not find anything wrong with them.





Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



You can save them by exporting the key and then deleting the key if you like. They do not resist removal



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You're quite welcome

Take care and have a great week



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