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I have Microsoft XP.
I had downloaded the following Freewares from different sites:

AnyMP4_MediaConverter_FreeVersion.exe
apex-free-pmp-converter.exe
videoaudioplayer.exe

I had installed and then uninstalled these programmes one by one, since they did not meet my requirements.
Now I find an entry in my Start Menu: 'Remote Assistance'.
I had not seen this entry earlier.
When I check the properties, I get the following information:

Description: Microsoft Remote Assistance
Target Type: Application
Target Location: system32
Target: %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\rcimlby.exe -LaunchRA
'rcimlby.exe' seems to be a genuine Microsoft application, from its properties.

Is some malicious application trying to control my PC? How do I guard myself against this? Can you please enlighten me?
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RA is not really bad. here is a microsoft article on it. A lot of IT people like using it to remotely fix networked computers.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301527

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Not bad, but why is it in the Start menu? I think that is the real question.

Sure, unless you put it there, remove it. If it comes back then you may have picked up some malware.
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Thanks, SRX660.

Also thanks, Ztrucker!
That is exactly my worry, why is it in the Startmenu? I never put it in the start menu, suddenly noticed it now. I will remove it as you suggest and see what happens.
I also recall, on the same day when I downloaded, installed & uninstalled the Freewares, a close and trusted friend of mine had used my PC. He chatted with his friend using Yahoo and had downloaded a music file on my Desktop. But he said he was not aware of using/installing Remote assistance.
Thanks again.
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Dear Ztrucker,
I simply dragged the 'Remote Assistant' from Startmenu List to Recycle Bin. It has not reappeared in Startmenu after that. Thanks.
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