Unknown Program in Startup

Should I worry about this?

  • Yes, it's most likely an infected file

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  • No, it's most likely a glitch and/or harmless

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DRG77

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Hi, I run Windows 8.1 x64. I noticed in the Startup tab of Task Manager, there's a listing simply called "Program".

Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/8eyr1yB.png

When I right click on this program, the options "Open file location" and "Properties" are greyed out.

I was just curious if anyone else had this in their Startup. I'm not sure if this is simply a glitch or if it's an infected file, I get frequent blue screens that say "BAD_POOL_HEADER", despite frequent security scans, driver updates and constant avoidance of any possible sites that could infect my computer. I can't see any way that my computer could have a virus.
 

DRG77

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I don't know what a boot-time scan is. Can I do that with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware? It's all I use because I game a lot, though I use PeerBlock to block potentially harmful IPs if you can count that as a security program.
 

elfin8er

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I personally have Avast. It's one of the top rated anti-virus programs out there. It's got real-time protection, scanning, and even a sandbox mode which allows you to run programs in the safe environment. The boot time scan allows you to scan the Windows files before the computer boots into Windows. I would run that to make sure that Windows itself doesn't have any viruses.
 

DRG77

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What are the top 5 best antivirus programs? Money isn't a factor considering I want the best security possible.
 

elfin8er

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I'm not someone who is very knowledgeable in this field, but I'll do my best to answer. My personal favorite is Avast which has both a free and paid version, however, BitDefender 2015 was rated highest from PCMag. There is also a top 5 antivirus software list from PCMag that I think is worth checking out. Also, taking a look at CNET's Security software, as well as their Antivirus Software may be of some use. Last but not least, there's a great guide right here that explains what Antivirus Software is right for you.
 

DRG77

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Much appreciated :)
 

DRG77

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I found the answer, I merely needed to enable command line on Task Manager to find what the files were. They were deleted long ago so it looks like they're stuck there.
 

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