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    prefetch.exe virus?

    Hello, can anyone explain me what is this prefetch.exe? What does it run for and does it slows down our computer, is it a virus? Is it safe to have it running? Thank you
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    Re: prefetch.exe virus?

    Windows has a prefetch function and is a legitimate part of the OS. However prefetch.exe is NOT, it is part of the Morphine virus, and should be removed from your machine. Run your antivirus and delete it.

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    Re: prefetch.exe virus?

    Use the configuration editor to turn off unnecessary startup programs and see if that helps:

    Start -> Run -> "msconfig.exe" (without the quotes). When the editor opens, click on the Startup tab. Go through all the startup items and remove the checkmark from all except those that are needed. For example, leave your AV program alone, or anything else that's necessary. Reboot and see if that helps.

    Download and use software to detect and remove spyware that may be running. A good one to use is "Spybot"

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    Re: prefetch.exe virus?

    boot the computer in safe mode

    and go to start run
    sfc /scannow

    after that

    run spyware and antivirus scans

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