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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Bad file: Rmkf.exe

I discovered "Rmkf.exe" in the startup items of my work computer this afternoon. As of tonight, a search on Google for Rmkf.exe does not match any documents.

For anyone who might find this entry, the computer is running Windows XP fully patched and updated.

What happened that caused me to look in the startup items: After sending two envelopes to the printer, the print spooler and, possibly, WordPerfect, locked up. The print spooler was so dead, I couldn't even cancel my next print job. Initially, I thought maybe I had too many applications running, or hadn't rebooted for a long time. So, I rebooted.

I then sent two more envelopes to the printer. Same thing. Rebooted, again.

This time, I checked the startup items (run - msconfig - startup) to see what was there. The only thing I didn't recognize was Rmkf.exe in the startup column, and C:\Program Files\Submg\Rmkf.exe in the command column. I unchecked it and rebooted. Thereafter, everything was fine.

In retrospect, I wish I had looked at the hard drive before rebooting to see when it was installed. Unfortunately, by the time I thought to do this, that file and file path were no where to be found on the hard drive. However, it still shows in the startup thing, just unchecked.

That's all. Standing by for answers.

Afterthought: I also checked my web browsing history for the day, and, except for one office supplies web site I had never been to before, found nothing remarkable.

Posted by Marie at June 6, 2007 9:16 PM


Is Real Player installed on the computer? the "RM" makes me wonder if they installed some kind of update or something -- to me, RealPlayer is evil.

There's some info on the web about that sequence of letters in relation to database conversions but it's all a bit too technical for me. I'll keep looking, though.

Posted by: Karoli at June 7, 2007 1:28 AM

Karoli, I'm back at work now. You might be on to something with Real Player. It is installed, however, I use Real Alternative, instead. I never bothered to try and uninstall Real Player since I don't actually own this computer. I just never access it.

How about this: Remote ____ kill file?

Posted by: Marie at June 7, 2007 9:05 AM