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Windows 7: according to the registry, wmplayer is listed to open .exes? + other Q

09 Nov 2014   #11
Keyes

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
You scanned for virus. If your PC is not infected, and all the programs are opening as they should be, there is no point to be worried right now.
Does the link I showed you look fine? There should be an image that shows it that another user has it. I just want to be 100% ots safe.


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09 Nov 2014   #12
Keyes

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
In answer to your second question perhaps you might like to read the entire thread here:

Question about Restore points and Open File Securiy Warning

The last post confirms what happens when you try to move a file from a system restore point or shadow copy.
Thanks. Would you have any comments about the first question?
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09 Nov 2014   #13
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
wmplayer issue

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Keyes View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
In answer to your second question perhaps you might like to read the entire thread here:

Question about Restore points and Open File Securiy Warning

The last post confirms what happens when you try to move a file from a system restore point or shadow copy.
Thanks. Would you have any comments about the first question?
Sorry but no I can't comment. I don't use wmp - it's disabled via "choose windows features"

The only thing I can say is what's already been suggested. Backup the registry and delete the entry then reboot and test that everything still works. Even better - create a system image backup first.
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10 Nov 2014   #14
Keyes

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Keyes View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
In answer to your second question perhaps you might like to read the entire thread here:

Question about Restore points and Open File Securiy Warning

The last post confirms what happens when you try to move a file from a system restore point or shadow copy.
Thanks. Would you have any comments about the first question?
Sorry but no I can't comment. I don't use wmp - it's disabled via "choose windows features"

The only thing I can say is what's already been suggested. Backup the registry and delete the entry then reboot and test that everything still works. Even better - create a system image backup first.
Hi, I just found out something. I deleted the key, and nothing happened. It didnt come back. When I entered windows media player, and clicked play on a piece of music (example, windows 7 default jazz) the key came back.

Playing the music outside of the media player program and just opening the file did nothing. Could you test this? If you cant becaude its disabled maybe you could refer this to someone else who could? Thanks.
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10 Nov 2014   #15
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Test Windows Media Player

Keyes states in the original post:


For some reason, in this registry location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe\OpenWithList

Wmplayer.exe is listed. Why is it listed? I have never opened an executable file with it.



"Hi, I just found out something. I deleted the key, and nothing happened. It didnt come back. When I entered windows media player, and clicked play on a piece of music (example, windows 7 default jazz) the key came back.

Playing the music outside of the media player program and just opening the file did nothing. Could you test this?"

Is there any other member who can check if this happens on their machine?
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10 Nov 2014   #16
Arc

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It does not happen on my machine. I use WMP, but I dont have that registry entry. I switched the default association of .mp3 between vlc and wmp a couple times, nothing changed.
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10 Nov 2014   #17
Keyes

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
It does not happen on my machine. I use WMP, but I dont have that registry entry. I switched the default association of .mp3 between vlc and wmp a couple times, nothing changed.
Did you try to recreate my steps I took?

1.Delete the key (if it exists)
2. Open windows media player LIBRARY
3. Double click a song or album to play it.
4. Refresh key, wmplayer.exe is added

If this is the origin, is it confirmed not malicious?
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10 Nov 2014   #18
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Malicious registry key?

I don't see any reason to think that it's malicious. I can find posts by other users with similar entries:

Any viruses remaining? - Page 4 - Tech Support Forum

MXit Forum ? View topic - Mxit EVO download problems on Windows 7

This really isn't something that I have any knowledge of and at best I'd be guessing. Possibly check through your list of file associations and see if anything looks screwed up. Sort the list by clicking on "Current default" in order to group applications.

Control Panel> Default Programs > Associate a file with a program


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10 Nov 2014   #19
Keyes

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
I don't see any reason to think that it's malicious. I can find posts by other users with similar entries:

Any viruses remaining? - Page 4 - Tech Support Forum

MXit Forum ? View topic - Mxit EVO download problems on Windows 7

This really isn't something that I have any knowledge of and at best I'd be guessing. Possibly check through your list of file associations and see if anything looks screwed up. Sort the list by clicking on "Current default" in order to group applications.

Control Panel> Default Programs > Associate a file with a program
They all appear to be fine. I deleted the entry, and they dont come back unless I play a song through wmp library, which is odd.
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11 Nov 2014   #20
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
WMP add ons?

Well like I said I don't use WMP at all but I'm left wondering if you're using the default version or have you installed any add ons for WMP? If you have then possibly that's the cause. It seems that other members don't have the same issue so they can't test what happens when the registry key is deleted. They don't have that registry key.

If you are familiar with ProcessMonitor from Sysinternals and know how to run a capture with the clutter minimized and can zip and upload the results to a file sharing site it might be possible to work out what's going on but there's no guarantees.
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