Is malware?

November 30, 2010 at 10:18:28
Specs: Windows XP
where does this file origonate? Was downloaded this month from something and in my start up.

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November 30, 2010 at 11:49:01
if you do a google search and you can't find it, it will be a form of malware

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November 30, 2010 at 16:19:19
Files with the extension PF are "Prefetch files" and not Malware in their own right. They do indicate that a file name, comprising that part before the hyphen (APOINT.EXE in this case), has run or attempted to run from the registry. Mostly PF files are produced by genuine activity but they can also be produced by a Malware program.

You therefore have to google the first part only and "put it in quotes" because the rest will unnecessarily widen the search and produce poor results. Compare this search:
with this search:

In this case Apoint.exe appears to be your Alps Pointing Device (touchpad) and therefore safe.

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