Is this actually a spy exec?

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by guest, May 19, 2014.

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  1. guest

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    wicainventory: It checks out as non-malicious, but is it not a question of privacy? The Application Experience Program Inventory Tool ran on my computer this morning just after boot up.

    I got this explanation from System Explorer...

    This file is a main executable for the Application Experience Program Inventory Tool - a small application released from Microsoft to support the Microsoft (and the users at the end) by a web collector of user's experience. It seems to be cooperating with the Microsoft Application Compatibility Analyzer (or Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit) app to help to find the most used and favorite apps, originally for migration from Win XP to higher versions.




    "wicainventory.exe"
    Product:
    Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
    Company:
    Microsoft Corporation
    Description:
    Application Experience Program Inventory Tool
    Version:
    6.2.9200.16384
    MD5:
    1c8b0813abafed46e6c37f9607e2ebaa
    SHA1:
    2e1d48b2beba91f0a64b2dd7a5043f040bdc5f6c
    SHA256:
    6cb4c3ee851d0f29bcb8c87c13a9a0c3fa78bf68d9166ec794a8ca2e52a763e1
    Size:
    46536
    Directory:
    %TEMP%\2b301564-fffb-47c2-a889-795d852d4c5d\WebSetupExpanded
    Operating System:
    Windows 7
    Discovered:
    October 25, 2012
    Occurence:
    Medium http://systemexplorer.net/media/oc1.png
    Digital Signature:
    Microsoft Corporation
     
  2. jwcca

    jwcca Registered Member

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    I have W7 but not wicainventory.exe.

    Personally I'd avoid allowing it to run, just on principle.

    Although the stated purpose "to help to find the most used and favorite apps, originally for migration from Win XP to higher versions" seems OK, one never knows what subsequent and undeclared purposes may exist now.

    J
     
  3. Reality

    Reality Registered Member

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    SOunds suspect to me. M$ doesn't have a great track record for being up front about its motives. It doesn't think twice about using plausible sounding words for less than transparent means. Example: "windows advantage tool" (I call it disadvantage tool) which basically is spyware. M$ doesn't need to verify your copy of windows on every update check let alone every time you hit the internet.
     
  4. emmjay

    emmjay Registered Member

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    It comes with Metro too
     
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