gathernetworkinfo.vbs????????

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by kevin from Chi-town, May 14, 2009.

  1. kevin from Chi-town

    kevin from Chi-town New Member

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    I came across this in my system 32 folder. I'm aware that there is a program looking throoughout your lan that uses visual basic. I also came across a site that says this is a virus. Is the anyone else that has this on their x86 OS ?
  2. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    No Kevin

    Not a virus, just part of Windows 7.

    It's used by the Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Josephur

    Josephur Windows Forum Admin Staff Member Premium Supporter

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    You will also see this in Windows 8. It is scheduled by Task Scheduler by default in both OS's to do some network inventory. Can be found in Task Scheduler, Windows, NetTrace.

    Location is:
    %windir%\System32\gatherNetworkInfo.vbs

    If your wondering if its infected (as it is possible for a vbs file to be maliciously altered), you can check the MD5 sum of these files,
    Windows 8's gatherNetworkInfo.vbs should have a sum of bc9cccbe9800c732940c7f8ed335b7d9
    Windows 7's should have a sum of 2ae808cb0d9a667b0cf41ea74b3b9bac

    If these files have been altered I suggest running a malware and virus scan, as well as "sfc /scannow" to replace corrupted files.
  4. bassfisher6522

    bassfisher6522 Windows Forum Team Staff Member Premium Supporter

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    Joe, you do realize this post is almost 4 years old...lol. None the less, great information given.
  5. Teemocaptain

    Teemocaptain Member

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    :eek:Can't imagine!
  6. Pauli

    Pauli Honorable Member Premium Supporter

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    Well, it gives the point of view that it might be important to check what files or folders belong to Windows, and what don't. Like if you get an extra engine in your car... heh.

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