Masked Extension Control is a program that makes your Windows rely on magic numbers, and not only on extensions, to choose the program that will be used to open the file. This is much safer for your system, since a lot of attacks begin by fooling extensions and trying to be opened or executed by a vulnerable program, instead of the one the file is really supposed to be opened with.
Attackers usually change extensions in files to make you trust the file, and this is dangerous. For example, some very popular attacks make RTF files to be opened with Word, just by modifying the RTF extension to DOC or DOCX. This way, they build exploitable RTF files that will take advantage of Word vulnerabilities or weaknesses to release their payload. However, if these RTF files are opened with WordPad, the threat will disappear.
This program does not need to be resident on memory. It modifies Windows registry to open MHT, DOC, RTF and DOCX files with the program that they should be opened, so trusting in magic number instead of extensions. If you want to stop using it, you just have to uninstall it.
Not only RTF and DOC files but .MHT files as well: if they are opened with Word, some vulnerabilities may be exploited, but if they are opened with a browser, is less likely that something happens. Masked Extension Control works even with malformed magic numbers in RTF (which is much more common than you may think).
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