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Offline JDBush61

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Re: oddity in the File Types monitor
« Reply #30 on: August 21, 2014, 02:56:08 PM »

John, here's the easy one:

Open the File Types tab in WinPatrol. Are the DOC and RTF types present (for this, it is convenient to click the "Extension" header to sort the list temporarily by extensions)? If not, click the Add button and try adding the absent one. Is that successful, or are you blocked with an error message claiming that "This file type is already being monitored"?

It might be helpful if a few people, using any OS, did this and reported the results along with detailed OS and WinPatrol version info.

ancient1, my apologies in advance if this isn't helpful. I was probably premature in offering my assistance, as ky331 and most others here are much more knowledgeable about WinPatrol.

To answer your question:

I'm running Win 7 64-bit SP1 and WinPatrol free version. I checked the file types tab and my WinPatrol shows both DOC and RTF extensions as being present. Example:

1) Microsoft Office Word 97-2003 Document; Command=WINWORD.EXE; Class=Word.Document.8; Extension=.DOC; System
2) Rich Text Format; Command=WINWORD.EXE; Class=Word.RTF.8; Extension=.RTF; System

Not sure if this helps you, but here are many other extensions listed, e.g., .TXT, .XLS, .WSH, .WSF, .VBS, etc., etc.

As for your second question, no non-Microsoft office suite or word processor has ever been installed on this laptop.

Hope this info is of some help to you. I'll now bow out and let the experienced folks take over. 
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Re: oddity in the File Types monitor
« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2014, 08:05:43 PM »
Nice work, John. (I'm an outsider, too.)

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Re: oddity in the File Types monitor
« Reply #32 on: August 21, 2014, 09:36:59 PM »
You're welcome, ancient1. Wish I knew more about how WinPatrol works and how to use it. I keep it installed because... well, not quite sure why I keep it installed. Hope your problems get resolved.
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Re: oddity in the File Types monitor
« Reply #33 on: August 24, 2014, 10:31:59 AM »
Here's yet another example:  I've just noticed that WinPatrol, without any warning/announcement, has apparently allowed CryptoPrevent v7.x [a legitimate security program] to "take control" of the .PIF and .SCR file-type associations --- they are now showing up in WinPatrol under my File Types tab (both Win7 and WinXP).

I reported this, in greater detail, here:  http://www.landzdown.com/web-news/cryptolocker-ransomware/msg169473/#msg169473

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Re: oddity in the File Types monitor
« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2014, 11:34:40 PM »
Yes, I can confirm this. I am using CryptoPrevent too, and WinPatrol didn't warn/alert me either.

Greetz, Red.