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What is fastboot.exe?


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Windows Process Description:

The process fastboot.exe, also known as the Microsoft Office Fast Cache is a predecessor of the the application MS Find Fast, a utility that periodically indexes the hard drive to search files faster, developed by Microsoft for the Windows 95 operating system. It utilizes memory resources to boot Microsoft Office Applications and its components faster. The file fastboot.exe was first integrated with Microsoft Office 95 version 7.0.

The process fastboot.exe basically interacts with the system component called ole32.dll whenever a Microsoft Office Application such as Word or Excel is run. Upon execution, the process fastboot.exe calls a function called Olelint that registers itself as a class and creates a window that can be used primarily for drag-and-drop functions. During this process, the fastboot.exe file uses a structured storage file created by WinMain called "c:/temp/~oleapp.doc" in the C:/Temp Directory and uses a data streaming process. Application components such as documents and spreadsheets can now be loaded faster as they stay in the disk cache of the hardrive thereby improving the Microsoft Office performance when handling large amount of data. Whenever the file fastboot.exe terminates, both the file fastboot.exe and the ole32.dll are unloaded from the computer memory and the Microsoft Office components removed from the cache.

The file fastboot.exe can be found in a subfolder under "C:/Program Files" and has a known file size of 14848 bytes. It executes during startup and has a visible window. Depending on user preference, the file fastboot.exe can be terminated manually.

The file fastboot.exe is a valid Microsoft Office component and is not associated with other malicious software that camouflaged themselves as the file fastboot.exe. Some of this files copy themselves to the system directories such as the c:/windows or c:/windows/system32 folder of the Windows operating system and may cause serious harm if overlooked. To ensure protection against these threats, up-to-date malware protection softwares and the proper Windows Update must be installed.

Author: Microsoft Corporation.

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Part Of: MS Office 95 (v7.0)

Memory Usage: Low. The fast2.exe uses 14848 bytes worth of RAM resources.

System Process: No

Application: Yes

Background Process: No

Uses Network: No

Uses Internet: No

Hardware Related: No

Common Path: C:\Program Files

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