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what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:54:50 AM »
Secunia alerted me that this program is out of date:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe, version 11.3.5.1


But I don't remember installing it and dont' know what its for or if I need it.

Can you help me decide?  And how do I remove it if I don't need it? It's not in add/remove programs.

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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2011, 05:02:39 PM »
Macrovision is now Rovi Corporation.  Do you have any of these products:  RoviWorld, AllRovi, Roxio, and DivX  (from http://www.rovicorp.com/products/14931.htm?link_id=topnav)?  It appears that FLEXnet is also needed for Adobe products PhotoShop Extended, InDesign and Illustrator CS3. 

If you have any of the above programs, you will need to update FLEXnet.  If you do not, then it would be safe to navigate to and delete that file. 

For information on updating FLEXnet, see the Secunia topic at http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/11356/unnable_to_aply_the_patch .  Note that it is a long topic so read to the end, particularly the August 22 and 23 posts by Secunia representative, M. Hansen.


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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2011, 06:10:49 PM »
I have Photoshop CS3 Extended.  Thats the only program I'm currently using from your list.

So I guess that means I need it.  If the FlexNet program is really old, it could have been installed with a version of Roxio which I no longer have.

Makes me wonder how many other "stealth" applications I have running that I know nothing about.

Thanks again for being so helpful.  I feel really confident about my system  knowing I can always come here for answers to questions that tend to make my honey's eyes roll. :D

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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2011, 06:42:38 PM »
You're welcome.


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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2011, 07:05:02 PM »
This is a 32-bit license authenticating service, and is NOT a stand-alone process.  It comes bundled with software that either need or recommend activation of a license.  Depending upon the software, this authenticating process may need to be run just one time, or it may need to run every time the product is used.
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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2011, 11:38:08 PM »
I've updated.

o for heaven's sake... now I have a virus. 

Avira has located this 6 times in the past couple hours:

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The file 'C:\olddrive\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\W9QFOHU3\setup[1].exe'
contained a virus or unwanted program 'TR/Dldr.FraudLoad.zkth' [trojan]
Action(s) taken:
The file was moved to the quarantine directory under the name '4c683df7.qua'.
It keeps noting the same  setup.exe file in the files from my old computer.

I "m running Malware Bytes right now..it's not finding anything.


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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2011, 12:26:27 AM »
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C:\olddrive\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\W9QFOHU3\setup[1].exe

Why not just delete your temporary internet files?
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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2011, 01:53:18 AM »
truthfully.. I saw "olddrive" and looked no farther.  I moved straight into panic mode.  :shocked:

Thanks for posting that in my current malware thread... because I just checked back here now.

So I got rid of the temporary internet files post haste then....but, this now puzzles me---  what are files in my old drive that is not used doing having temporary internet files?  Aren't they inactive?


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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2011, 01:14:58 PM »
Maybe they are old browser caches that were never cleaned out?
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Re: what is FlexNet Publisher Macrovision?
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2011, 01:03:24 AM »
Temporary files do not automatically delete themselves. Something has to come along and clear them out, which would be the duty of the program that created them in the first place. Given this is from an old hard drive, there's nothing on your new drive (more specifically, your current installation) that's aware of making any temporary files at that location, and hence they just sit there.

You might be able to run Disk Cleanup and it would identify temporary files based on file extension (such as .tmp), but even then, there's no guarantee it'll find every temp file.