Friday, March 2, 2007

a-squared Free 2.1 found Trace.File.PC Tattletale on Vista

I run a scan using a-squared Free on Windows Vista and found Trace.File.PC Tattletale with the trace: C:\Windows\system32\winload.exe.

The only problem is that winload.exe is the boot loader in Windows Vista and should not be removed just like that.

Windows Vista includes new boot loader components that are designed to load Windows quicker and more securely. The traditional Windows NT boot loader, ntldr, is replaced by three components:

  • Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe)
  • Windows operating system loader (Winload.exe)
  • Windows resume loader (Winresume.exe)

winload.exe is also the name of a spyware program, PC Tattletale. This program has nothing to do with the Windows Vista startup process.

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