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I was doing some digging with Sysinternals Autoruns and I came across a scheduled task that executes a vb script called task; after doing some research it seems like its a part of Intel's system usage reports. However, after taking a look at the vbs script I found that it exhibits some really spooky behavior that give's me the impress it is doing something malicious, or something that it doesn't want the user to notice.




Located in \Program Files\Intel\SUR\QUEENCREEK\x64 the task.vbs script executes task.bat, which then runs task.exe — seems a little odd to me that legitimate Intel software would use such poor practice. Without going into to much detail I just want to know if you guys think this is something I should be concerned about.

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Hello @JonahN and :welcome:


My name is MKDB and I will assist you.


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I know this task and those files you are talking about. I've noticed them on other systems some time ago as well. Those files are legit.

If you still want to have your system checked for malware, please let me know.

Thank you!



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Hello! I really appriciate the reply MKDB, after some further investigation using a decompiler I've concluded the application is safe. 

All API calls,  Registry paths, and Assembly Sections consistent with the legitimate executable and show no signs of manipulation so I hope that this thread can serve as a reference for anyone

curious about these files.


Below I've attatched some extra information about the file just for SEO sake



MD5		d0587fbaf5b48c4e02a21d2a843e2783
SHA-1		56dca57e7a952633ce9dbedb7202a073eff76d5e
SHA-256		5dcfcea1cab3e808ca45831ade6bab950e190c3c18f47fd7230b85e952f1c4b3

Intel(R) System Usage Report
Intel External Issuing CA 7B
Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA)



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As this topic seems to be solved, I do not follow it any longer.

Take care!

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