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Re: Installer and ipoint.exe/itype.exe conflict

From: Gavin Lambert <tsvn_at_mirality.co.nz>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:59:29 +1300

On 19/11/2013 07:10, Quoth Dee Tooké:
> I'm trying to understand how the Windows 64-bit installer would be
> trying to modify files that my machine currently has locked by
> ipoint.exe (the mouse handler) and itype.exe (the keyboard handler).
>
> The installer is asking if it's OK to terminate those two tasks so it can continue.
>
> That makes me suspicious that the installer download (which came from
> the tortoisesvn links to sourceforge) may have been infected by a
> keylogger/mouselogger. Why else would an svn client need access to
> anything that a keyboard or mouse handler is using. I don't expect
> tortoise to be modifying any of my standard Windows library files.

It's fairly common, especially if you don't frequently install software,
or do Windows Updates.

The most likely thing is that they both happen to use the same shared
library (eg. the C++ runtime library), and TSVN wants to install an
updated version of it.

Also note that ipoint and itype aren't actually system files -- they're
providing extra services (typically configuration for non-standard
buttons for your mouse/keyboard) but if something *wanted* to do
key/mouse logging it wouldn't need to go anywhere near them.

If you want to be paranoid, you can submit the installer to
virustotal.com, which will scan it with most antivirus/malware scanners.
  If most of them say the file is ok, you should be fine. (Note that
occasionally one or two might report a false positive.)

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