Windows Thread, Start.exe on USB sticks in Technical; On a number of USB memory sticks Symantec Endpoint Security flags up the file 'start.exe' as a potential virus/trojan.
18th November 2009, 03:31 PM #1
Start.exe on USB sticks
On a number of USB memory sticks Symantec Endpoint Security flags up the file 'start.exe' as a potential virus/trojan.
On some forums it's been stated that it's used for autorun purposes and some others suggesting it is indeed the aforementioned.
What are your thoughts on this?
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18th November 2009, 04:17 PM #2
Could be either - a file named start.exe will run when you load a CD, so it could be a harmless autorun or it could be something nasty, it all depends what the exe actually does. What is the source of said file?
18th November 2009, 04:30 PM #3
More and more USB sticks come loaded with their own launch programs these days, such as SanDisk's LaunchU3.exe, that autoruns when the stick is plugged in. They're basically a GUI for accessing files on the drive, as well as managing portable apps.
If it's on a USB stick, there is a chance it's a similar type of file... however I've not heard of one simply named "start.exe" on a USB stick which suggests to me that it could indeed be a malicious file type.
You'd have to take a look at an offending drive, if possible...
Last edited by Mako; 18th November 2009 at 04:31 PM.
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