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    Unknown window appears during startup

    When I startup, a window titled "Express Files Updater" appears with various options -- all in German. No such program is included in my registry and I do not know what it does, where it came from, or how to get rid of it.

    Although I am curious about where it came from and what it would do to the system, I really just need to find a way to get it off my system.

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    I would start with autoruns to locate the file and turn it off at start up. Then search for it and similar files on the drive or in the registry.
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    weberr,

    I second autoruns, you'll probably see a bunch of stuff you do NOT want to run at startup

    Last time I saw something similar it was a "side-affect" of some little utility I installed. I disabled it in autoruns and got rid of it.

    You might also look for it in "Task Manager" or try the SysInternals (now microsoft) "Process Explorer", it is a huge upgrade to windows task manager and shows the process description and company name for each process. If you hover your mouse over a process (or select, right click->properties), it will also show the full path to the file associated with the process.

    Think hard about _anything_ you installed lately.

    Good Luck! and let us know.....
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    is this it?
    http://systemexplorer.net/file-datab.../efupdater-exe

    Does "efupdater.exe" appear in Task manager (or Process Explorer)?
    Do you have the %PROGRAMFILES%\ExpressFiles directory?
    (replacing the %PROGRAMFILES% with your local directory name, often "C:\Program Files\")

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    Thanks for the info. I had not heard of autoruns before. Yes it did locate the offender and let me delete it. Wow, I had no idea that all those programs were being loaded at startup -- no wonder my startup took so long.

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    Thanks for the info. I had not heard of autoruns before. Yes it did locate the offender and let me delete it. Wow, I had no idea that all those programs were being loaded at startup -- no wonder my startup took so long.

    How do I find out what all those things do and which I need and which just cause delays?

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    Yes -- autoruns found the offender -- the offending program was efupdater.exe in program files/express files -- also found the uninstaller there.

    Do you or anyone know how the program came to be installed on my system? Is it a legitamate program? or a piece of malware?

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    It's a legitimate program from this company.
    The program was most likely bundled with other apps as crapware. It may even have been part of other apps that are native to your OEM setup.
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    Clint -- thank you for the info. You've been a big help.

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    If you don't know what a startup program is used for in autoruns, right click on it and then click on "Search Online". A good database of startup programs is also at:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/
    with recomendations as to allow or disallow.

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    Jerry -- also good to know something new. I did not know how to do that. Thanks

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    I just stumbled on this thread and found it very useful. I had the same problem as the OP and decided just to live with it. But I used the tips in this thread and the annoying window is now gone. Just goes to show that you never know what gems you will find in the lounge! Thanks to all who posted solutions.
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    I run Process Hacker program
    http://processhacker.sourceforge.net/

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    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php

    Also a great and searchable list to see which Startups are good, bad, and downright unwanted.
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