Something really strange has happened on my laptop and I'm at a loss as to what to do to even find out more about it. There are all these exe files there, and a bunch of them seem to be trying to run automatically but encounter a problem and need to shut down. Often when I boot up the computer (but not always) I see a bunch of error messages that these applications have encountered a problem and need to close. Here are the file names for those:
I searched for one of these and found it was in
c:\Documents and Settings\Owner.gatewaylaptop
Opening this folder, I found they are all in there and more besides, more exe files that don't seem to feel the need to shut themselves down. All of them are 26 KB in size and I'm going to list them all with the date modified:
So, if you're still with me, my first question is, what are these files? I ran SpyBot and Adaware, it didn't flag them. They don't show up in "My documents" so I guess this folder is a different folder. I've right-clicked on several of them and looked at "properties" and been unable to learn anything from that. I googled some of them (mostly the ones that I listed at the beginning, the ones that crash), with and without the .exe. Nothing came up. I don't see any of them listed in my Windows Task Manager. I am not a novice when it comes to computers, but I've exhausted my level of expertise without discovering anything about these files. Can anybody help me?
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