Constant Error popup "Cloning.exe This application cannot be started"


vinpor

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Help anyone.

I keep getting this annoying popup on my new windows 11 desktop machine (image attached)

Does anyone know what the file cloning.exe is or does? I've tried running the .NetFixRepairTool that the popup prompts you to do with no success. This popup is really annoying.
 
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jbcarreon123

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Help anyone.

I keep getting this annoying popup on my new windows 11 desktop machine (image attached)

Does anyone know what the file cloning.exe is or does? I've tried running the .NetFixRepairTool that the popup prompts you to do with no success. This popup is really annoying.
Click Yes and screenshot here.
Do not paste your screenshot to a oversized MS Paint canvas.
 

My Computer

System One

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    Windows 11 [Insider (Enrolled using OfflineInsiderEnroll)], Linux Mint, Zorin OS
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 270s
    CPU
    Core i3 2100 3.2Ghz
    Memory
    4gb DDR3-1333
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU
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    Realtek
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    HP Compaq LA2006x
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    900p
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    Patriot Burst 240GB SATA III SSD
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    40MBit/s
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    Firefox [recently switched]
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    No TPM, having WDDM 1.2, unsupported CPU.
    Installed Windows 11 using the registry hack..
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Cloning.exe is used by Plesk, but could also be used by other backup or cloud applications. Do you have such software installed? There is also a possibility it could be malware.

Right click on start and open task manager. Scroll down the list . If you find cloning.exe, right click on it and select 'open file location'. This should tell you the folder location where it resides and give you an indication of what program is running it. Once you know what the program is you can uninstall the program. Right click on it again and select 'end task'. That will stop the program from running for your current windows session, but it will start again at the next boot until you find the culprit.

If that doesn't lead anywhere, I would suggest installing Malwarebytes. This will install the premium version of MWB but after 14 days it will revert back to the free version. Run a full system scan with the software and quarantine anything it finds. Then restart computer.

Report back your findings. We may have to dig deeper.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.832
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 m.2 2230-256+1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
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    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium

vinpor

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Thanks for the reply. Here is the screenshot of the page it opens when i click yes
 

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Thanks for the reply. Here is the screenshot of the page it opens when i click yes
Run this and post the Events.txt file here:

Powershell:
# Created by jbcarreon123 on ElevenForum.com/members/22

"Getting Event logs..."

$Desktop = [Environment]::GetFolderPath("Desktop")
$StopWatchMain = [System.Diagnostics.StopWatch]::StartNew()

$Host.UI.RawUI.BufferSize = New-Object Management.Automation.Host.Size(1000,1000)
"LogName: Application" | Out-File "$Desktop\Events.txt" -Force
get-eventlog -logname application -newest 100 | ft -A Time,EntryType,Source,Message | Out-File "$Desktop\Events.txt" -Append
"LogName: System" | Out-File "$Desktop\Events.txt" -Append
get-eventlog -logname system -newest 200 | ft -a Time,EntryType,Source,Message | Out-File "$Desktop\Events.txt" -Append

$StopWatchMain.Stop()
$MIN = (($StopWatchMain.Elapsed).Minutes)
if ($MIN -LT "10") { $MIN = "0$MIN" }
$SEC = (($StopWatchMain.Elapsed).Seconds)
if ($SEC -LT "10") { $SEC = "0$SEC" }
$MS = (($StopWatchMain.Elapsed).Milliseconds)
if ($MS -LT "10") { $MS = "00$MS" }
if ($MS -LT "100") { $MS = "0$MS" }

"[INFO] Finished at ${MIN}:$SEC.$MS." | Out-File "$Desktop\Events.txt" -Append
"Get Event logs finished at ${MIN}:$SEC.$MS. Press any key to exit."
cmd /c pause | Out-Null
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 [Insider (Enrolled using OfflineInsiderEnroll)], Linux Mint, Zorin OS
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 270s
    CPU
    Core i3 2100 3.2Ghz
    Memory
    4gb DDR3-1333
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Compaq LA2006x
    Screen Resolution
    900p
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst 240GB SATA III SSD
    Internet Speed
    40MBit/s
    Browser
    Firefox [recently switched]
    Antivirus
    WD
    Other Info
    Second-hand PC,
    No TPM, having WDDM 1.2, unsupported CPU.
    Installed Windows 11 using the registry hack..
    Clean installed even Windows 10
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