Syswow64 virus?

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    So I noticed a nice new process running todya - syswow64. It's in my windows folder and I can't seem to delete it ( dang win 7 permissions won't let me). I try t delete it and it informs me that I need permisison from trusted installer (which happens to be a new "user" on the security tab. I right click teh fodler, go to security and attempt to give myself permission for "full control" but everything is grayed out. I'm fairly new to win 7 and not quite sure how to get around this.

    I've tried scanning with avast and it finds nothing. I downloaded malware bytes and again, it finds nothing. I'm no expert on how to get aroudn this stupid permisisons stuff windows 7 put in, so any advice would be great.

    You guys helped me a ton in the past!

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    Oh here's the scans

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    Hello Frogman3

    Thanks for those logs and i have moved your thread here.Our security staff will be with you ASAP..
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    I can asure you it is not malware.Its a file that you cannot delete.It is needed.WoW64 stands for "Windows on 64-bit Windows", and it contains all the 32-bit binary files required for compatibility, which run on top of the 64 bit Windows.WOW64 knows that the Setup wizard is a 32-bit application running within an emulator. It also knows that 64- and 32-bit code cannot be mixed. As such, the WOW64 emulator aliases an alias to the \Windows\SysWOW64 folder. This means that any time a 32-bit application needs to read or write anything to or from the \Windows\System32 folder, the WOW64 emulator transparently redirects the request to the \Windows\SysWOW64 folder.
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    Thank you very much for you assistance. I had just assumed it was a virus, given that I had never seen the process run before, and after a quick google search, all signs seemed to confirm my fears. In hindsight, I suppose it could've been related to the fact that many viruses have been embedding themselves in that folder. I also apologize for my poor spelling in the original post. I had written it under much sleep deprivation.

    Again, thank you for your clarifcation! :mrgreen:
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    Your welcome.Glad to have assisted.Your logs are clean and showed no signs of malware.








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