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On bootup the past couple of mornings I've received a message that has the "open with" page where it has me select the program to open this file. The file is in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file name is "41.file" It doesn't have a specific type of file, it just says a normal file....It's kind of weird. Ever since I changed the motherboard and updated everything, I now get this "open with" page... I'm a bit concerned that its something a little more than just a file...MSE doesn't detect anything... I haven't had any other issues with anything else...
I'm wondering if I could maybe copy the file to a flash drive then delete the file and try and see if the startup issue goes away... If somehow that's a necessary file, I can move it back from the flash drive... Right? Anyone else have this file in their system32 folder in win 7?

Thanks guys!
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I get nothing on the internet when I search for "41.file".  So, this is rather suspicious to me.

 

Can you check these three Registry keys to see if there's any reference to "41.file"?

 

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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Well the actual file name is just "41" but there is no associated file type to it, that's why I said .file... I'll look when I get home to it. Yes, it is very weird. I've never had this issue before... I did clean out alot of bloatware from when I installed all the drivers and software from the ASRock CD so I'm guessing that might be where it's coming from...my guess, the ASRock Fastboot option...but I could be wrong...
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Do you by chance have the Walking Dead game installed?

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Do you by chance have the Walking Dead game installed?
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Nope...Last thing I've installed are the ASRock drivers and new version of Nvidia drivers. Before that....oh its been a few months since I've installed anything new...
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Well the actual file name is just "41" but there is no associated file type to it, that's why I said .file... I'll look when I get home to it. Yes, it is very weird. I've never had this issue before... I did clean out alot of bloatware from when I installed all the drivers and software from the ASRock CD so I'm guessing that might be where it's coming from...my guess, the ASRock Fastboot option...but I could be wrong...

Might be the bloatware that you removed, it usually has a habit of being difficult to completely remove. Perhaps a program on start up is trying to find these files and now they've been removed. Maybe see what programs are running on startup, and uninstall or disable any startup programs that you don't need.
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One of the reasons I go through my startup programs, via "msconfig", registry, and startup menu, is to make sure my computer hasn't contracted a virus, malware, spyware, etc.
    
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Deleted the file. No issue. Thanks guys! Apparently it was leftover from an uninstall. or at least that's what it said in the properties...
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