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Windows 7: *32 by some programs in Task Manager

13 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
*32 by some programs in Task Manager

I saw this for the first time today. At first I panicked and thought I had a virus, but now I figure this is probably due to that recent massive security upgrade MS sent out on Wednesday. Some of my programs have a *32 just to the right of them. I'm going to guess that it's to distinguish 32-bit programs.

Am I right, close, or completely off the mark?

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13 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

They've always been there. It isn't dues to any new update. Yes, those are 32 bit programs, as you correctly guessed.
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13 Aug 2010   #3

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Not the question you asked, but since you are concered about virus, this would be a great time to download malwarebytes and run a scan. Do the same with your antivirus.
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13 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I guess I just never noticed them before.

Thanks. I already have MBAM and will run it tonight for my weekly scan.
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13 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by silverwolf73 View Post
I'm going to guess that it's to distinguish 32-bit programs.
That would be a correct guess. All Windows x64 OSes have done this, for the very reason you guessed.
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13 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7

32 bit programs.
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