Might And Magic error
MAX MENDENHALL asked on January 17, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.
Might And Magic Single Player Steam Game in Games Start Menu
» I get a shortcut link in the Games menu on the explorer start menu, that is "Dark Messiah: Might and Magic". I have not installed this game. I also had a shortcut in my user profile called "Steam Dark Messiah Might and Magic Single PlayerT.lnk". I have not installed steam, or run any steam games.
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ROBERT KELLY replied on January 24, 2013
- NORA JAFFARY replied on January 17, 2013: » You may try to use CC cleaner and try to delete all the entries for the Dark Messiah, also to make sure your computer is not infected with the malware, run a malware scan by downloading malware bytes to make sure you computer is not infected. If its infected try to remove the infected items by using malware bytes.
- CHRISTOPHER DAY replied on January 17, 2013: » I thought it might have been infected with something until, like I said, I tracked it down. I am a developer, and for sure, every time I create a version of 'mm.exe' it shows up in the games folder. I'm just compiling with open watcom, and I'm certain that no registration process is done to put it into the registry. Thanx for the idea to clean malware, but as I stated, it is not from an infection.
- MAX MENDENHALL replied on January 18, 2013: » I am deploying Windows 7 in an enterprise environment and one of my coworkers noticed the problem during testing. In my case the MM.exe executable was for Meeting Maker by PeopleCube.com. Before you launch Meeting Maker, there are no shortcuts in the games folder. When you launch Meeting Maker, Windows 7 puts a shortcut in the games folder for the MM.exe executable. It then labels the shortcut as "Dark Messiah: Might and Majesty." You can also make the game shortcut appear by running Games Explorer located in the Games folder. Dark Massiah is not malware but a legitimate game sold by Ubisoft. It is not one of the prepackaged games that comes with Windows 7 either.
- TRACY ADAMS replied on January 18, 2013: » This anomaly is reproducible. I have seen this happen on Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Enterprise x86, Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Windows 7 Professional x86, and Windows 7 Professional x64. On Windows Vista x64 Business the shortcut to mm.exe does not appear in the games folder but it does appear in Games Explorer. This problem is definitely not caused by malware unless you consider the code base for Windows 7 to be malware. In any case, running anti-malware software will not fix this problem. Running a registry cleaner will not fix it either.
The Dark Messiah issue is a serious nuisance because it costs IT organizations a great deal of time, money, and effort to track this down. The first conclusion one would jump to is this was caused by an infection, which in fact it is not correct.
WORKAROUND: Any application named mm.exe will cause this problem. To avoid it, simply rename the application executable to something else.
- STEPHEN WALLIS replied on January 21, 2013: » I also came across this issue, and can confirm this is reproducible with anything called mm.exe. As mentioned, PeopleCube's MeetingMaker calendar program uses this .exe name. We're doing mass deployments of Windows 7 (also including MeetingMaker), and we're hiding the Games Explorer via group network policy. Probably for our next image, we'll hide Games Explorer as part of the image. But we're not renaming the .exe. This is more of a band-aid and cover up than an actual fix, however, and can easily be found if someone navigates to the Games Explorer manually.
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