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Windows 7: WkUFind popup on startup

27 Dec 2010   #1
rawlins02

Windows 7
 
 
WkUFind popup on startup

I have a new eMachines running Windows 7. On each startup a popup appears asking if WkUFind.exe should make changes to the computer. I've seen some posts suggesting this request may be related to either newly installed 3rd party software or Microsoft Picture It program. I don't believe Picture It is installed. A few posts suggest it may be related to a virus.

I've found WkUFind in a Program Files folder. Trying to eliminate this pop. TIA.


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27 Dec 2010   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

See this File Information - How to remove WkUFind.exe error problem

See if MSWorks is in your Startup section of your MSCONFIG. If it is, simply uncheck it, and reboot.
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27 Dec 2010   #3
rawlins02

Windows 7
 
 

@beayty1: Thanks for the suggestion.

@Golden: No, MSWorks is not showing in MSCONFIG.
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27 Dec 2010   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

OK. Under Start > Control Panel > Programs, please click uninstall programs (but do not actually uninstall anything). I'm interested to see what Microsoft products are installed there.

Regards,
Golden
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27 Dec 2010   #5
rawlins02

Windows 7
 
 

Microsoft products:

.NET Framework 4 Client
Office 2010
Silverlight
SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition
several Visual C++ programs
Web Publishing Wizard
Word 2002
Works 6.0
Works Suite Add-in for Word
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27 Dec 2010   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Mmm...I think it might be the Word 2002 or Works.

Couple of things to try:
1. Can you find the location of this file? What is the exact path to it?
2. Is Microsoft PictureIt installed?
- Start > Programs > Microsoft Works (check to see if there is a PictureIt option)
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27 Dec 2010   #7
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If it's not found in msconfig and, therefore, can't be unchecked, check to see what's listed in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" and also in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run"
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27 Dec 2010   #8
rawlins02

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Mmm...I think it might be the Word 2002 or Works.

Couple of things to try:
1. Can you find the location of this file? What is the exact path to it?
2. Is Microsoft PictureIt installed?
- Start > Programs > Microsoft Works (check to see if there is a PictureIt option)
Path is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\Works Shared\WkUFind2.exe

I searched for PictureIt under Microsoft Works. Search returned no hits.

Mike
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27 Dec 2010   #9
rawlins02

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
If it's not found in msconfig and, therefore, can't be unchecked, check to see what's listed in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" and also in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run"

I see a Hotkey Utility underr msconfig -> Startup, but don't follow where I'm to look to answer your question. I've found a folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\eMachines\Hotkey Utility

What is the location of HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE ?

Sorry, linux user here trying to help a relative with this new Windows machine....

Mike
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27 Dec 2010   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Mike : the HKEY references are in the REGISTRY. Click Start, then type regedit
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