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Windows 7: Windows Media Player constantly open in the background?

29 Jul 2010   #21
freaky88

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

download ccleaner and go to tool then startup and disable it from starting up


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29 Jul 2010   #22
poobla5

Windows 7
 
 

Once again, I'm not concerned that it is running in the background so to speak (Although I have no idea why, I would like to know), I am concerned that there is a malicious form of malware trying to take advantage of it by permanently running it in the background when I haven't even opened it.
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30 Jul 2010   #23
thathagat

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by poobla5 View Post
Once again, I'm not concerned that it is running in the background so to speak (Although I have no idea why, I would like to know), I am concerned that there is a malicious form of malware trying to take advantage of it by permanently running it in the background when I haven't even opened it.
hi..........
did you scan with mbam and hitman pro ?
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30 Jul 2010   #24
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I see these two items in running processes ...
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPSideShowGadget.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe

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Added WMPSideShowGadget.exe to the list of strange services here:
http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/strangeservice.htm

WMPSideShowGadget.exe: This process enables Windows Media Player information to be displayed on a SideShow capable device. Unfortunately, if you have a keyboard, such as the Logitech G15, this gadget installs itself and constantly runs in the background, using about 15MB to 18MB of RAM, even though WMP is not running. You can stop this process by going to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Windows SideShow -> uncheck all the boxes next to the Windows Media Player gadgets, but leave "Notify me when new gadgets are installed" checked.
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30 Jul 2010   #25
Kliebor

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Sideshow is used for alot of things including displaying media on external device displays like a Logitech gaming keyboard (g19 or better) with an LCD display.

If you disable Sideshow the media player in the background can be shut down, but your ability to play media in the Logitech LCD display is also gone.

Regards,

Dave
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30 Jul 2010   #26
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for reminder, I reinstalled Task Catcher and blacklisted every .exe in Windows Media Player's directory, I never use it, I prefer The KMPlayer (freeware).
Task Catcher you have to buy for realtime use (cheap), but works great, BillP product, insta closes anything on the blacklist and insta reruns anything whitelisted.
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30 Jul 2010   #27
Kliebor

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

yes I am well aware of Bill P.

I use WinPatrol Plus, have been a subscriber for years. Great Utility
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31 Jul 2010   #28
poobla5

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the help, guess that solves my problem
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31 Jul 2010   #29
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You're welcome
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