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What is picasa3.exe?

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How does picasa3.exe run?

Service - picasa3.exe runs as a background Windows Service under the service name AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc.

How does picasa3.exe start?

Autoplay handler - picasa3.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of Picasa2ImportPicturesOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\Picasa2ImportPicturesOnArrival. Autoplay will scan removable media, when it arrives, looking for media content types (music, graphics, or video). When a removable media arrives, Windows determines what actions to perform by evaluating the content and comparing it to registered handlers for that content. An application will register a handler for Autoplay events associated with a media type.
Scheduled task - picasa3.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\AppleSoftwareUpdate'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Safe for scripting control - picasa3.exe has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {1EFB6596-857C-11D1-B16A-00C0F0283628} with and identifier of CLSID\{1EFB6596-857C-11D1-B16A-00C0F0283628}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}. Safe for scripting is a Windows policy that disables the Internet Explorer security prompt for Windows Installer scripts. It allows Web-based programs to install software on the computer without notifying the user. By default, when a script hosted by an Internet browser tries to install a program on the system, the system warns users and allows them to select or refuse the installation. This setting suppresses the warning and allows the installation to proceed.
Safe for initializing control - picasa3.exe has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {1EFB6596-857C-11D1-B16A-00C0F0283628} with and identifier of CLSID\{1EFB6596-857C-11D1-B16A-00C0F0283628}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95802-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}. When a program is initialized, it can receive data from another program for initializing its state. This is a potential security hazard because the data could come from an untrusted source. Programs that guarantee no security breach regardless of the data source are considered safe for initialization and are registered as such.
Automation object - picasa3.exe has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {1EFB6596-857C-11D1-B16A-00C0F0283628} with and identifier of CLSID\{1EFB6596-857C-11D1-B16A-00C0F0283628}\Implemented Categories\{40FC6ED5-2438-11CF-A3DB-080036F12502}. Automation objects are referred to as ActiveX objects.
Approved shell extension - picasa3.exe has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {62AE1F9A-126A-11D0-A14B-0800361B1103}. When the system detects that the user is downloading an external program that runs as part of the Windows user interface, the system searches for a digital certificate or requests that the user approve the action. If you enable this policy, Windows only starts approved programs.
Shell open command - picasa3.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of InternetShortcut with and identifier of "C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" "C:\Windows\System32\ieframe.dll",OpenURL %l. A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.
PROTOCOLS handler - picasa3.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of about with and identifier of {3050F406-98B5-11CF-BB82-00AA00BDCE0B}. Asynchronous pluggable protocols such as a Protocol Handlers enables applications to create pluggable protocol handlers that work with Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Startup files (user) run - picasa3.exe is registered with the run identifier 'help' and the execution command 'C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\InstallDir\help.exe' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.
Internet Explorer BHO - The picasa3.exe BHO has a registered CLSID of {A80431BC-B3CA-EAD4-7106-2B788EB811BD}. A Browser Helper Object (BHO) is a module designed as a plugin for Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser to provide added functionality. A BHO can introduce visible changes to a IE's interface, such as installing toolbars, but it can also run without any change to the interface.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the picasa3.exe service running.Of the 0.5% of picasa3.exe users, 10.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\google\picasa3\picasa3.exe

Are there other versions of picasa3.exe?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What programs install picasa3.exe?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7600.0)
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File details

File name: picasa3.exe
Size: 9.51 MB

Autoplay handler details

Name: Picasa2ImportPicturesOnArrival
Command: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\Picasa2ImportPicturesOnArrival

Scheduled task details

Name: Adobe Flash Player Updater
Command: \Adobe Flash Player Updater

Safe for scripting control details

CLSID: {F9769A06-7ACA-4E39-9CFB-97BB35F0E77E}
Command: CLSID\{F9769A06-7ACA-4E39-9CFB-97BB35F0E77E}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}

Safe for initializing control details

CLSID: {ADB880A6-D8FF-11CF-9377-00AA003B7A11}
Command: CLSID\{ADB880A6-D8FF-11CF-9377-00AA003B7A11}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95802-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}

Automation object details

CLSID: {B0EDF163-910A-11D2-B632-00C04F79498E}
Command: CLSID\{B0EDF163-910A-11D2-B632-00C04F79498E}\Implemented Categories\{40FC6ED5-2438-11CF-A3DB-080036F12502}

Approved shell extension details

CLSID: {CF67796C-F57F-45F8-92FB-AD698826C602}
Command: contact_wab_auto_file

Shell open command details

Name: InternetShortcut
Command: "C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" "C:\Windows\System32\ieframe.dll",OpenURL %l

PROTOCOLS handler details

Name: tv
Command: {CBD30858-AF45-11D2-B6D6-00C04FBBDE6E}

Startup files (user) run details

Name: help
Command: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\InstallDir\help.exe

Internet Explorer BHO details

CLSID: {A80431BC-B3CA-EAD4-7106-2B788EB811BD}

Service details

Name: AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc

Image hashes

MD5: 177395ed74af1bc27f4002bcd1843e84
SHA-1: de73153ae460e9c34adf1f1355c5152c68c0c7b0

PE image details

File packed: No
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