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Created some 'Desktop' folders by accident

Q: Created some 'Desktop' folders by accident


Hi use vista. You know when downloading it tells you to pick a place to save it?

I accedently clicked desktop and draged it to another place. Now I have about 3 desktop folders

Please help me how to fix this. Is there a program?

Please answer!

A: Created some 'Desktop' folders by accident

It's not quite clear where or what these desktop folders are, but is anything stopping you from deleting these folders if you don't want them?

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I recently built the computer shown in my specs. I didn't get to joining the existing homegroup quick enough. My wife needed files from one of the homegroup laptops. Having not joined, my wife attempted it but ended up creating a new homegroup on the new build. When I go into homegroup (start menu) I don't have the option to join a homegroup, nor do I have one to leave the homegroup.

So how do I delete the new homegroup created, so I can join my established group?

A:New homegroup created by accident

What you need to do is remove each computer from the new homegroup.

Once you've done that, the homegroup will no longer exist, leaving you free to rejoin your original homegroup.

Leave a homegroup

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I have had a netgear router for some time now (WNR2000) for three home computers, all Windows Vista+ and recently had to buy a new wireless adapter for one of them (WNA3100). Previously, all computers were connected to a security-enabled network called 'Johnson'.

I installed the new adapter via the wizard and it ended up creating a new network entitled 'NTGR_zhOXSTT8ZSXtTUsaRd5lXfrq-WPS'. Johnson has now disappeared from the list and no other computer is able to connect to this new network. I tried changing from WPA2 to WEP and changing the password in hopes that the other computers will be able to login but it didn't work.


A:Created new network by accident; other computers can't connect!

Why not (on the router) change it back to the old SSID and WPA-PSK or whatever encryption you were using, make sure you didn't enable MAC Address filtering, and stay away from those strange wizards?

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I have problem, recently all new folder are created optimized for video content with big pictures and such. How can I fix that so they are created as normal folders, because this is driving me nuts having to change this for every new folder.

Thank you in advance.

A:New Folders are created as Video folders

Have a read: Folder Template - Change
it might help.

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Ok, so i deleted the 'desktop' folder by accident from the My Documents window (or just above my documents folder)...

Now the 'Desktop icon' at the top of the folder list shows a different set of shortcuts/folders (incl. RecycleBin, Network etc etc)... the now 'yellow' desktop folder that is under the 'user' is messed up.

I've attached 2 screen shots because i'm sure my explanation is poor. Anyway, this is driving me crazy - can't figure it out. I've been messing around with it for hours - at one point i had 'desktop' with about 15 'desktop' subfolders......

help! please!

A:Deleted 'Desktop' folder by accident....

this my be overly obvious but, have you gone into the recycle bin and checked if the folder is still there? if it is, all you need to do is right click on it and select restore.

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Tonight I was fiddling with the Desktop Icon Settings, and happened to hit "Restore Default" on the Computer and UserDocs folders. Though i was expecting nothing to happen (since they were already on their default icons) it switched them with some ugly, generic icons. I tried changing them back, but couldn't find the original icons in system32. Are they in there somewhere, or am i looking in the wrong place?

A:Weird Desktop Icon Accident

Nevermind, found them. System32/imageres.dll

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I've been using StyleXP for awhile now. Usually without any trouble. Lately, I haven't been able to change my visual style. When I try to, it just stays at the one I'm currently using. Stupidly, I decided to delete all of the desktop.ini files I could find (in My Pictures, My Music, My Documents) thinking somehow, that would fix it.

It didn't. So now those three folders lost their little special-folder images (as well as the icons for C:, D: etc under 'My Computer', and my VS is still the same. I'm annoyed!. Can anyone help?

A:StyleXP not working & I deleted desktop.ini on accident

Hi toybird

Sorry for the delay in getting a reply to you (been busy). Any luck yet finding a solution?

If not, try these for a quick repair
1) System Restore
2) Uninstall StyleXP
3) Run a Registry Cleaner (CCleaner is effective).
4) Reinstall StypeXP

. . . and anytime you have unexpected system behavior, run some malware scans to rule out unexpected visitors causing havor with your system files.

To try System Restore:
1) Boot your computer into Safe Mode (start tapping the F8 key as the computer is starting up, and select "Safe Mode" from the Boot Menu).
2) Logon as "Administrator".
3) Click on Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore, and select a restore point from before trouble started.

Try CCleaner to clean up
1) You can download CCleaner here ---
2) Run the "Cleaner" functions to clean up temp files & other accumulating unnecessary files. Then run the "Issues" functions to clear up problems in the Registry. Run the "Issues" functions until CCleaner reports "no issues found."
Best of luck
. . . Gary

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There was another thread about this, but the solution wasn't clearly explained. A user provided the OP with a file, and nothing was said about what to do with the file that was provided. I'm having the same problem, where I deleted the file by accident and now there is no live tile for the desktop anywhere on the start screen, not even in the All Apps category. I can't find it in the Windows Store either. What do I do? Here is a screenshot of the folder that I *think* held the original desktop file.

A:Deleted the desktop start folder file by accident.

hi, go to start screen type in desktop ,you should get at least 3 desktop related apps as a result of the search ,right click on the one that says DESKTOP ,and choose pin to start ,should work did for me yesterday

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hi i recently built a new pc i partitioned my drives so i have C: and E:, i edited the registry so the users folder and all the subfolders such as documents and downloads are on my E: drive, however when i open my users folder then my username folder 'simon' and create a new folder it appears on the C: drive instead, anyone have a suggestion because this is very frustrating, every other one works, if i save a file to my desktop it goes to E:drive which is exactly what i wanted, hope to hear from someone, and thanks in advance.

A:folders created are on another drive!?

Hi Sipherlucian, and welcome to Vista Forums.

They will still appear on the C: drive, but actually be stored on your E: drive. To double check and verify this, right click on the folder and click on Properties. Look in the Location tab to see if it is actually point to the E: drive. If it is, all is ok. If it is not, then you may have a program that is using the folder (ex: Documents) to store it's data or files in, and is recreating it. See the Warning box at the top of this tutorial for more on this.

Hope this helps,

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Hello, this is my first topic on this site. I have read the guide to this section of the forums and have done my best to follow them. I have exhausted all the available help that I knew of, which I presume to not be much (google, yahoo answers, tech-savvy friends). I noticed that google repeatedly put a link to a topic from this forum as the top choice, so I felt that this site could help me out too ;)In short, I've noticed that in my c:\windows\temp folder, a random folder with a name that consists of four random letters with a .tmp extension is created every five minutes. When I perform a virus scan using webroot antispyware/antivirus, it states that a virus was found that was in each of these folders, affecting the file svchost.exe in the folder. However, when I checked, each folder had nothing in it.This might be related to random DCOM crashes I've started to get around the same time as this virus happened. I assume they're related; maybe not.The virus to my knowledge isn't affecting system performance, but the DCOM crashes at times, forcing me to restart, and I also get bluescreens. I assume that, because all of these errors started occuring at the same time, removal of the virus should fix all of them.My laptop is a TOSHIBA that is running Windows Vista 32-bit home premium.Also, I'm not sure if it's relevant, but everyday, sometimes right before a problem occurs, my antivirus tells me that it has blocked the connection to " Read more

A:.tmp folders being created every five minutes

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. You can subscribe by clicking the Options box to the right of your topic title and selecting Track This Topic.Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.----------------------------------------------Can you try running Gmer, another rootkit scannerPlease download GMER from one of the following locations and save it to your desktop:Main MirrorThis version will download a randomly named file (Recommended)Zipped MirrorThis version will download a zip file you will need to extract first. If you use this mirror, please extract the zip file to your desktop.Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.Note: If you downloaded the zipped version, extract the file to its own folder such as C:\gmer and then double-click on gmer.exe.GME... Read more

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My system creates automatic Read Only folders with bizarre names like "3d3052ad860eaf705b280c6248a8" and cant delete also. The numbers of such folders are getting increased unknowingly. The folders contain the setup.exe files + others. Could anyone suggest
me kindly regarding this problem??
THank you.

A:Automatic folders getting created

This may be created by some 3rd party applications. Perhaps, they are the temporary files of them. I suggest you to boot this computer in Safe Mode to delete them. Before doing this, please take the ownership to yourself first.
Thanks.Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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i have this one problem. i created new folder in total commander (F7) and named it ____whatever ///. the folder was created but those last three slashes didnt appear in the name. i wanted to delete (DEL key) it but it didnt work... the folder was still there without any error message. i ran checkdisk (correct errors etc.) and then tryed to del it. i finally downloaded some erase program that should do the deleting... but again it didnt work. i really dunno what should i do besides formating the disc. any ideas what could work?

A:new created folders that could not be deleted... (?)

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Please delete this thread. To be reposted in another section.

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I have noticed that every now and then, all my zip files on my computer will be extracted into the Temp folder in folders such as Temp1_[archivename].zip. The files in said folders are the ones from my original ZIP files, with no added exes or anything. It seems like a similar issue to these users (except there are no malicious file drops or hijacked admin rights or malicious toolbars, redirects or anything like that).
Apart from this I am noticing no other symptoms. The computer is running at normal speed and I'm not getting any weird errors. I don't even know if this even is malware or just a rare Windows Index bug, but whatever it is, it definitely isn't right. I think it's the latter, but just to be sure, I'm posting this here.
Even though this user has Windows Vista, they had the same problem I am having now (the next day with me, the folders seem to be emptied).
I run Windows 8.1 Home and have Avast 20.4.2233 (not detecting anything). ... Read more

A:Temp1 folders being created

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Press the windows key + r on your keyboard at the same time. This will open the RUN BOX.Type Notepad and and click the OK key.Please copy the entire contents of the code box below to the a new file. 


HKLM-x32\...\Run: [NPSStartup] => [X]
HKU\S-1-5-21-1663812213-1418400964-3040483373-1001\...\Run: [AdobeBridge] => [X]
ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers: [ SkyDrive1] -> {F241C880-6982-4CE5-8CF7-7085BA96DA5A} => No File
ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers: [ SkyDrive2] -> {A0396A93-DC06-4AEF-BEE9-95FFCCAEF20E} => No File
ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers: [ SkyDrive3] -> {BBACC218-34EA-4666-9D7A-C78F2274A524} => No File
ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers-x32: [ SkyDrive1] -> {F241C880-6982-4CE5-8CF7-7085BA96DA5A} => No File
ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers-x32: [ SkyDrive2] -> {A0396A93-DC06-4AEF-BEE9-95FFCCAEF20E} => No File
ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers-x32: [ SkyDrive3] -> {BBACC218-34EA-4666-9D7A-C78F2274A524} => No File
CHR HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google: Restriction <======= ATTENTION
CHR HKU\S-1-5-21-1663812213-1418400964-3040483373-1001\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google: Restriction <======= ATTENTION
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet... Read more

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I thought that the free W10 offer finished 2016-07-29.

Look what I found on my W7 OS partition:

A:Folders created after end of upgrade offer

Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000

I thought that the free W10 offer finished 2016-07-29.

Look what I found on my W7 OS partition:Attachment 390432

Strange! You haven't downloaded the Media Creation Tool for either 8.1 or 10 have you? Those two folders are also created when those tools are run.

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Hello, Friends!

This is the one thing I don't like about installing the new MSN Live Messenger. It created a bunch of folders I dont' like or need. Some I have successfully removed, but the "My folders for Share" folder created directly on MY PC is stubborn and won't go.

This may or may not be the English name of this folder, because I have it in Spanish, so if not, please look for a similar meaning.

Does anyone knows where is the source for this folder, or how can I erase it?

Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Vista Ultimate x64 SP1...

Ok, I'm trying to move my Pictures/Music/Documents folders to a new location via Properties|Location|Move.... It asks me if I want to move all my files from the old location to the new location. In my case, the new location is simply on another drive, D:\My Pictures (just another partition on the same computer - no networking or anything). The dialog box says:
"We recommend moving all of the files or you will see two 'Pictures' folders inside the 'Rhizomorph' folder in Windows Explorer"Fine, so I choose the option to move all my files..... but I still get duplicate folders!!!! The prompt specifically states that by moving all my files I will avoid creating duplicate folders, but it does it anyway. What the heck? When I try to delete the new folder that is created (which now has a regular yellow folder icon) it won't let me, despite having ownership of it. Does anyone know how to fix this?

A:Duplicate folders are created when redirecting???

Originally Posted by Rhizomorph

Vista Ultimate x64 SP1...

Ok, I'm trying to move my Pictures/Music/Documents folders to a new location via Properties|Location|Move.... It asks me if I want to move all my files from the old location to the new location. In my case, the new location is simply on another drive, D:\My Pictures (just another partition on the same computer - no networking or anything). The dialog box says:"We recommend moving all of the files or you will see two 'Pictures' folders inside the 'Rhizomorph' folder in Windows Explorer"Fine, so I choose the option to move all my files..... but I still get duplicate folders!!!! The prompt specifically states that by moving all my files I will avoid creating duplicate folders, but it does it anyway. What the heck? When I try to delete the new folder that is created (which now has a regular yellow folder icon) it won't let me, despite having ownership of it. Does anyone know how to fix this?

This will generally happen when a file or folder (inside the parent folder) you are try to move already exists in the destination, and you choose to not overwrite the file.

It is better to allow all files to be move, and if you get any prompts that a file exists, allow the move to overwrite the existing one, and allow system files to be moved also, if any.

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Hi (first post) i just finished cleaning a windows XP machine from some viruses, but still something odd is occurring:

when i log on to a user account a new folder in documents and settings is created called \"username"."computername".001

or it appears liek this:


and subsequent logins it adds a new user:


so my doc and settings folder looks liek


etc for administrator (from logging in safe mode)

however the main user account "Steve" does not do this.

i have just downloaded hijak this, and liek 4 other tools from a topic you all were helping in but i have not used them yet.

i spentv about 6 hours wiping viruses etc, it had the "no desktop icons or start menu" issue with RPC and DHCP "restarting in 60 sec" errors but i fixed all that, not it appears clean but it still creates an additional user folder when logging on as administrator in safe mode. i deleted the "admin" account i was using to clean it out.
anyway good luck ;D hope you have seen this before- i googled and googled and couldnt find anything on it.

asheville NC

A:new user folders created every logon???

fixed with utilities in Safe mode. no OS reload either-

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hi all,
every time my computer reboots, a weird folder is created on the c drive. this folder has a random alpha-numeric name and contains a bunch of windows update stuff. when i reboot, another folder is created with the exact same contents but with a different folder i have ~15 of these weird folders. i think it's related to updates because the folders contains files such as:

i'm having trouble deleting the folders due to permissions and "folder is being used"...but i'm not concerned about deleting them right now. what i'm really concerned with is stopping their creation! another odd thing is that if i connect an external usb drive, the new folders will be created on the external drive instead of the c drive.

i'm runnning vista ultimate x64 with SP2 on an HP machine with RAID 1 mirroring my hard drive.

help me ob1...

A:weird folders created every reboot!

I recommend running a virus scan. Download MBAM and scan with that.. Sounds like you have a virus.

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My Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit RTM has started to create folders with random names, and containing 2 .VDM files with random filenames, in the root folder of one of my harddisks. I have 3 harddisks + one external disk on my system. The folders created looks like this: "87354cbb7447d1e4e6e99030a4e1eaae", and contains 2 .VDM files like this: "A30368C8-33E2-4E89-8CE5-9CA07F5DD706mpasdlta.vdm", and "B013DC5F-E3CE-4706-9FD1-00452FB1C4EEmpavdlta.vdm". I need administrator rights to access these folders. Just wondering why they are created, and if I can delete them safely. EDIT: I just checked the owner of the folders, and the owner is "SYSTEM". TIA

A:Folders with random name containing 2 .VDM files created.

I have Security Essentials and I just performed an update and the random directory was created with the vdm file in it. So I believe that they are virus definition files associated with Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft should patch this and make the files hidden to elevate any confusion.

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I am attaching the Hijackthis.log.

I am having a problem that newfolder.exe application is being created in all the folders of my computer. Some of the folders are having new subfolder.exe being created having the same name as the folder in which it is created. Example: if folders name is sourabh, a new subfolder named sourabh.exe is created inside it. I am calling it a subfolder as that is the icon it is using. Since this has started happening my taskmanager and services.msc is also not working. They appear for a second and then disappear.
Please help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:22:05 PM, on 9/20/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$VAIO_VEDB\Binn\sqlservr.exe
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A:New folder.exe being created in all the folders and subfolders

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Download combofix from here

**Save it directly to your desktop**

Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Post that log in your next reply

Do not mouseclick combofix's window whilst it's running. That may cause it to stall

A log will be produced that will ultimately be named C:\ComboFix.txt . I'll need that in your next reply


Download Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) to your Desktop. Note: You must be logged onto an account with administrator privileges.Close all applications and windows.
Double-click on dss.exe to run... Read more

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Could someone explain what all the folders being created under Users are? I have 4 or 5 that look like 0bd5182be71af.... and contain rafts of folders 1025,1028,1029 etc etc. I can't see into these folders as cannot get permission. I cannot delete the folders as it says I need permission form SYSTEM. If I try to give SYSTEM permission in the security setting of the folder it says access denied.

I have some folders on this laptop always available offline on my main pc so don't know if that is related. I'm on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit



A:Wierd alphanumeric folders being created

Those are most likely from Windows updates. They don't always get deleted if something goes wrong.

It won't hurt to leave them there - but if you must remove them, you need to assign yourself as owner. Be sure to tell Windows to copy that ownership to all of the sub folders.

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Hi all,

Like the title suggests, I accidentally created two "my Documents" folders. If I delete one, the other also deletes. I believe I did this by setting the default location for "my Videos" to "my Documents" and that somehow created a twin.

If someone could help me out here, that would be great.

Thanks in advance!

A:Accidentally created 2 My Documents Folders

Why not back up all the stuff you have in my documents. Then delete both document folders. Finally, make a new one and replace your stuff.

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Hello,Recently, I am having some troubles on my computer : everytime I open an excel file with my computer, I have an empty folder that is created at the same location as the excel file. The name of this empty folder is always weird characters (such as chinese or russian letters, and I am never using such characters).I can re-open the same excel many times, everytime a new empty folder will be created.Does anyone has an idea what it could be ?I already tried to re-install office on my computer but it didn't change anything.I am using windows 7 and office 2003.Thanks alot for any help or advice that you could give me.Marie[Moderator edit: added Topic Description.jgw]

A:Empty folders automatically created

Does this also happen when within Excel you open a new document, or only when you double click on an excel doucment to open it?

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Hi there.

Two months before, I accessed a PC which was having a virus. I'm not sure which one but I guess it was a "Sality". Again I am not sure about that.

I didn't know that PC was having a virus on it. I just joined my mobile phone with it and accessed some data. After that I removed my mobile phone from USB. When I was using my mobile phone and looking for some songs on my memory, I came to know that I can't access my memory card or anything and all the folders was created as .exe.

e.g. the folder name was Sounds which was converted as Sounds.exe

So basically I am totally unable to access the files saved on my memory card. I am not sure that I do have virus on my mobile as well or not. I have some important data and I want it any how, so somebody please help me out to access that. Is there any way to access that exe and copy all the contents back? Is there any other way to take my data back ? Or may be to repair and make it back to normal ?

Please help me as soon as possible.

Please reply if you want to know more info in case.

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Something I've never got to the bottom of: occasionally I find I cannot delete a file or folder which I had created and which is not set to Read Only, apparently because I need permission from the Administrator. The Permissions for such files and folders have not been tinkered with, at least not by me. Since I am the only User, am I not also the Administrator? My User Account is set to Administrator status.

A:As the only User, why can't I delete some folders I created?

Hi Orpheus2000,

Your user profile may be corrupt. Copy all the contents in folders created by you on C: drive to another partition or external usb drive.
Change your user account name, re create it correctly then delete ALL of the old account. Also start using a password if not doing so already.

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I created backup CDs, over the years, of all of my digital photos, digital music, and general interests of mine. Now that I have Internet Explorer 7 installed on my desktop and my laptop, every CD I try to read has this same problem - all of the folders and each of the files in the folder, have a blue (with gold band) icon in the bottom lefthand corner of each. Why is this happening?

As little a problem as this may seem, it is bugging the heck out of me!! I'd like to know why this is happening and what can I do to change it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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i looked through the folders and files in windows [xp pro] and notice some of them were created in 2009, any ideas why? everything seems to be running ok

A:Solved: files and folders created in 2009?

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I've got a virus or spyware or something like that. Some of the files are being created in C:\WINDOWS\Temp and being called win1.tmp, win1a6.tmp, win2.tmp, win18c.tmp.exe and so on. Usually my virus scanner picks up all the executables, but that really isn't helping me because it still hasn't removed the root of the virus. I'm also getting several viruses in C:\Documents and Settings\Kathy\Local Settings\Temp but these usually take much longer to produce. About every ten minutes, I'm getting a random popup from Internet Explorer which I'm positive is a virus because I'm using Firefox right now. I've scanned with Spybot and it found several things but one of them was called Virtumonde and whenever I rescan with Spybot it finds it again. This virus is in the registry. I have also scanned with AVG Anti-Spyware and that found Adware.Generic somewhere in the registry, but I have only gotten one chance to scan with that. Right now, I'm scanning with Ad-Aware 2007 and it has found 18 infects so far, but I think most of them are the temporary files.

Here is my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:23:01 AM, on 7/26/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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A:Files being created in temp folders, popups

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A client called with ESET NOD32 putting many (over 50 and growing) items into the quarantine. The items are regular Windows files (spider solitare, MSconfig.exe, etc.) but what is bizarre is that this items are in folders / subfolder off of C:\ that only have one-letter folder names.Examples: C:\W C:\Q C:\M\Q C:\W\W See attached screenshot.Some, but not all of these folders are hidden. They have arbitrary date stamps, mostly from 2010. Many of the folders have bits of the C: drive copied inside.This is difficult to describe, but I hope to hear from others if you've seen this. Actually, I hope you all don't have to run into this. It's a full wipe and reload to fix I fear. ESET NOD32 says some are "variant of Win32/Krytik.AY trojan" others Conficker.Y worm.Edit: Moved topic from Win 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Strange one-letter folders created, AV goes wild

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For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program bef... Read more

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winxp pro sp3

i have created many shortcuts to different files and folders. is there any way to search for all of these shortcuts?

i know there is a "search by file type" option available in windows explorer, but i don't seem to find an option to search specifically for shortcuts.

thanks in advance,

A:How Do I Find Shortcuts To Files And Folders That I Created

shortcuts are system files with the .lnk extension (unless they are linked in the registry as a cls i think) the .LNK isnt visible under normal circumstances but you can still search for them. you just need to make sure you are doing an advanced search for *.lnk with the search hidden files and folders option ticked

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I am working on a computer for a lady.  Something is creating random files in her Temp folder.  The O/S is Vista.  The file structure is as follows:
At this point a random folder is created.  Something like 4c0 or 8d8 or 14a0  etc.  The names are 3 or 4 characters long.
Underneath these random folders there is another appdata folder.
Under the second appdata folder is a local and a roaming folder.
Under those folders are Microsoft\Windows\
Under Windows are hidden folders such as PrivacIE. Cookies, History, Temporary Internet Files.  These files are not always the same, but they are legit Windows-named folders.
To summarize the entire path is:
C:\users\%user%\appdata\local\temp\RANDOM FOLDER\appdata\local\Microsoft\windows\privacie or cookies or history or temporary internet files
C:\users\%user%\appdata\local\temp\RANDOM FOLDER\appdata\roaming\Microsoft\windows\privacie or cookies or history or temporary internet files
I have pulled the drive and scanned it with Norton 360, McAfee 8.8, Malwarebytes, and Superantispyware.  Nothing has eliminated the problem.  When I got the computer there were 11,500 random folders.  It took several hours to delete them.  I keep deleting all the contents of the Temp folder.  When I reboot, the random folders are created again.  I'm having trouble searching for an answer since most of the folders are legit ... Read more

A:Random folders created in Temp Folder

Hello there,
Random folders are commonly created and used temporarily when updating Windows components. They are also used by some software programs (i.e. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, etc) during update or installation to hold setup files (.inf, .cat, .gpd, .ppd and .dlls) and other information. These files and folders are usually automatically removed as part of the update process. However, its not uncommon for them not to be cleaned up and left behind after the update has been applied. 
Other legitimate programs can also create randomly named folders in various areas of your hard drive. In many cases if you delete these folders, the program will recreate them after rebooting the computer.
Hope this helps! 

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Prior to last week my computer was running Windows 7, the computer also has a 3TB MyBook external drive on which I ripped over 100 movies from DVD/Blue-Rays that I own (and still have). The reason for doing that was 1) so I could watch the movies on my TV without the hassle of inserting the dvd into the blue-ray player, and (2) reduce the amount of storage space (I threw away the original containers and put them in a simple DVD file).

Last week I installed a new internal hard drive and did a clean install of Windows 8. Consequently my admin account's user name was changed to be the same as my Microsoft account name. Now I can't access any of the folders on MyBook without taking ownership of them one-at-a-time. That is going to be very very time consuming to do that for over 100 folders. Does anyone know of any faster way to accomplish this?

I don't know why Microsoft won't allow computer Administrator to access any folder on his computer. This is just dumb.


The situation gets even worse -- after taking ownership of the folders I still can't access any of the files or sub-folders. I have to do that for every folder and file, somewhere around 500 of them! I feel like just reformatting the drive and starting all over again.

A:How to let Admin access folders created by another user

You need to take the ownership AND change permissions. Respectively, it's accomplished with two commands in the elevated command prompt:

takeown /f D: /r /d y
icacls D: /grant:r UserName:F /t

In this example:
D - the letter of the drive you need to get access toUsername - your username

The commands take care of all drive folders recursively.

Never apply these commands to the system drive.

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Hello Everyone!

I was advised to post my issue here after posting it on the General discussion page. I'm hoping that someone here can help me out! Please bear with me, as this post might be a bit long!


I've been having an issue the last few days where a folder is automatically created whenever I have USB device, in this case, my external HDD is connected. I've tried numerous times to delete the folder, but it keeps being automatically created on it's own after its been deleted. It's been creating itself at random intervals (anywhere from a few mins to a few hours) while the external HDD is plugged in, and it will sometimes automatically be created as soon as the external HDD is unlocked (my external HDD Is password-protected).

Some background info:

I know that last week, I connected my niece's USB flash drive to my computer, as she wanted me to put some files on her USB flash drive for her. I know that once I connected her USB flash drive, I created a folder, named it, and started to move some files over to the folder I created. During that process, I noticed that empty My Docs/Pictures/Videos subfolders were being created automatically in the folder I had originally made on my niece's USB flash drive. I would delete the folder I created, but the folder would automatically create itself once again, with all subfolders intact. I ignored the issue, moved the files over to my niece's USB flash drive, and disconnected her USB flash drive from my computer.

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A:Odd folders created automatically once USB device is connected

What is the name of this folder? There might be others here who have an answer - if the folder name was known. Utilities similar to Acronis Drive Monitor [free] and Piriform's disk defragger [free] contain functions, respectively, SMART alerts and general HD condition [green, yellow or red].

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I have a network share drive and every day I have these random folders that keep appearing in it. They are named the day, month, date, and year but only the months of January and February. The folders are created at random times, and when I check the owner/creator of the folder they are only created by 3 users. I check both of their computers for any malware/spyware and virus, but could find nothing. I don't know if a program is creating the folders. The three users run the same software as everyone else in the company. If there any way to tell how these folders are being created?
All the users are running the same same software, there are about 20 users. All the computers are running windows 7 64bit pro, the server is running Server 2003. I have ran a full scan with malware bytes and it came back clean, ran a scan with Symantec Endpoint Protection and that came back clean as well.

A:Random Folders Being Created on Network Drive

All the users are running the same same software, there are about 20 users.

Hello jeff-j
Is this a business / school / city / or other than a private setup ??
Most of our work here is on small Private single systems.
If you are running 20 (or so) users, do you have any of your own computer service people ??
Also can you please list the other sites that you have posted this at .............

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i have alot of empty folders. these folders annoys me! ) i wonder if i can delete them...

A:Can i delete ALL EMPTY FOLDERS created by windows and others?

Generally yes, at least I've never seen any harm from deleting any empty folders. If they're used by Windows, they'll often be recreated right away though.

Don't be annoyed by them. They don't take up any disk space at all.

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I haven't been able to track down any issues similar to this, so I hope some of you guys can help.  When I shutdown my computer in the evening, a folder is created on one of my external hard drives (N:\). For example, last night the folder "notify1636799688" was created with a timestamp of when I shutdown my computer.  The folder has read-only set to true and the owner is "Administrators".   The folder is not always created when I shutdown so I can't reproduce it at will, but it usually happens every night.  Sometimes I've seen it like "notify-1636799688" (with a hyphen) but the numbers always change.  I have six drives hooked up:
C:\ -> Internal SSD w/ Windows 8.1 installed to it.
D:\ -> Internal SSD
E:\ & G:\ -> Internal HDDs
M:\ & N:\ -> External HDDs
I tried unplugging N:\ and that made the folders get created on the internal HDD G.  I tried using process monitor to look for any programs making changes to that directory but it only happens when the computer is shutdown after the "Shutting down" screen comes up so I can't see what's accessing the drive.  I just secure erased my SSDs and deleted and formatted new partitions on my internal HDDs and the issue persists after re-installing windows and some programs.  I'm kind of paranoid about it.
Here's a list of software I have installed:
Core Temp 1.0 RC6
Corsair Utility Engine for K70 keyboard
CrashPlan Automatic Backup
Di... Read more

A:Empty unknown "notify" folders are being created upon shutdown.

Did you find out what causes the creation of these empty notify folders? I have the same problem - on two drives. Well, one unpartitioned hard drive and on one of the partitions of another.
Based on your list of software, the ones we both have are CrashPlan and Google Chrome (which I seldom use). CrashPlan is set to backup the exact same drives where I'm getting the notify folders, and no others (I have six hard drives in total), so CrashPlan is my strongest suspect at the moment.

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Hello All-

My Dell Desktop takes 4-5 minutes to boot, and will not wake up after coming back to it overnight. I am also noticing odd folders with random letter and number names being created off the root of removable drives, etc.

Any ideas where to start?

A:super slow bookup, and strange folders being created

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After moving some of my User folders from C:\Users\Steve to a location on my secondary HDD (D:\Steve), Windows 7 has spontaneously created folders in C:\Users\Steve that I cannot delete.

I moved the folders by going to Properties, Location tab, and clicking Move, and I clicked YES when asked if I wanted to move any files contained in the folders to the new location.

When I moved My Music, it created a folder named "Music" in C:\Users\Steve
When I moved My Pictures, it created a folder named "Pictures" in C:\Users\Steve
When I moved My Videos, it created a folder named "Videos" inC:\Users\Steve

Weirdly, it didn't create duplicate folders for My Documents or Downloads, which I also moved.

The folders it created are not linked to the user profile folders, as you can see in this image (they just have normal folder icons). It looks like they're just regular folders, marked as read only, containing 0 bytes, but when I try to delete them it tells me I need permission to perform this action. And if I uncheck read only, it tells me access denied.

I recently installed an SSD and a HDD in my laptop, installing the OS on the SSD and reserving the HDD for my data. I really wish Windows made it easier to just move the whole goshdarn User profile to another location, but I guess that's too much to ask.

I think this guy had the same problem that I'm having but it doesn't look like he ever got to the bottom of the issue: Default User Locations - Duplicat... Read more

A:Duplicate user folders spontaneously created? Can't delete.

Hello Skeletron, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have any programs that are saving files to this location by default? If so, then it would be normal for the program to automatically recreate the folder to save to since you moved the default user folder to another location. If so, then you need to change the settings in the program to save to the new moved location instead.

If not, then you may have made a mistake when moving the user folders. Backup anything that you do not want to lose in both the duplicate and moved user folders to a different location to be safe. Afterwards, you might see if restoring the default locations of these user folders (option two at link), then try moving them again may work out better this round.

Hope this helps,

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A:Two Program Files folders created after installing Avast

Don't think I can help you, but the path in the screenshot looks weird, seems to be a space between Program Files and \AMD

It shouldn't be possible to have two folders with the same name, check if they are folders or perhaps junctions

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Public folders are available on original administrator account. Not other accounts (standard or administrator)

Originally this was vista oem. Got win7 pro update from university.
Installed, activated, verified, got windows updates including SP1.

Have done the drive c: - properties - tools - check now - yes - restart and they are still missing.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Public Folders missing after new user account created

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Our main system for our company is running windows 7 pro and we have a split hard drive. C drive has OS and program files, D Drive is a file system. 
Everyday around the morning hours the system will automatically create empty folders in MY Documents. We delete daily, and new folders get created. 
We ran MS Security Essentials and nothing was found. We uninstalled and ran Bitdefender Total Security 2016 and no virus or malware was  found. 
Does anyone know why this issue is occurring, how they are being created and what the solution is?
Thank you for your help!!

A:Win 7 Pro - My Docment Empty Folders Repeatedly Created - Daily Issue

Bump - Anyone have any advice?

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Hello Everyone!!

I'm a new member here to the forums! I've have used sevenforums in past, as an unregistered user for help on various win7 issues, so I'm very grateful to all the help/work you all do! Unfortunately, I've come across an unexplained issue going on whenever I have a USB device connected, and I'm hoping to receive some help and/or solution to my issue. Please bear with me if this post happens to be a bit long!

It all started all last week after I inserted my niece's USB flash drive to my computer. I was adding some files to her USB flash drive. I created a new folder, named it, and started adding the files. All of sudden, random empty folders were being created automatically in the folder I was transferring files to. The folders resembled user folders to me, as they were titled "My documents", "My videos", "My pictures". As soon as I deleted the empty "My docs/vids/pics" folders, they would reappear and/or be recreated again several minutes later. I ended up trying to delete the folder I created on her USB drive, and it would recreate itself again, with all the "My docs/vids/pics" subfolders intact. Ignoring the issue, I just transferred the files over to her USB flash drive and called it good.

Earlier today, I connected my external HDD (Western Digital 1TB) to my computer, and similar issues started to pop up. I had a folder with the same exact title name as the folder I created on my niece's USB flash drive, ... Read more

A:USB device connected, odd folders automatically created + error msgs

It smells like an infection (not sure though), scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free (enable root-kit scanning too, settings - detections).

Disable AutoPlay for now, Control Panel - AutoPlay - uncheck "Use AutoPlay for all..." at the top.

And perform a clean startup - Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Edit: Not sure disabling AutoPlay disable all autorun, see

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Cleaning up the friend of a friend's completely virus infested, badly working computer.

Windows 7x64 HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

The Basics:

While I was beginning to install and manually offline-update various anti-malware tools so that I could begin to determine what I needed to do to get this thing clean and properly operable, I noticed while looking at Programs and Features that many of the install dates for various software were dated in various months in 2013. My installations were 1 year, 2 days ahead of the current date. Windows Explorer shows this to be consistent throughout the files and folders installed.

Looking at the install dates for some of the HP proprietary software/bloatware, I can tell this behavior started some point after the computer was purchased and used (the bloatware installation date was one day after the warranty start date listed in the BIOS). I am presuming dates on files and folders created, modified, or accessed from the point of the initial occurrence of what caused these particular incorrect future timestamps are the only ones affected.

The clock and date were wrong by the exact amount forward as were the install dates for the files I installed, so, as expected, the files were taking their timestamp from the computer's time. I assume whenever the computer date and time were maladjusted is when the problem started.

I fixed the time and date, but the files and folders did not adjust their timestamps, again as expec... Read more

A:How to fix wrong Created, Modified, Accessed dates on files/folders?

I know I am not supposed to bump this thread, and I will not do so again if it falls off the first few pages again without a reply, but I only have this notebook for about 24 more hours, so, in hopes that someone who hasn't yet looked at it might see it and have some insight, I am moving it back up. And I am assuming doing this is better than simply opening a new thread rewording the same exact issue.

If no one replies, I won't move it up again. Any help would be appreciated.

If the moderators have absolutely no flexibility for this, then please lock the thread, with my apologies.

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So I have a batch file set up to create folders and subfolders. These folders are created on a shared server that several employees access. The idea is to run the batch to create a set of folders for each new customer. This keeps all of the files for the customer in one spot rather than spreading it out in a folder for each department then the customer. Hopefully everyone followed that.

The batch file creates my folders perfectly except no one else can access them. The permissions are denied for all users besides me. This is a problem because we have several employees trying to access the new customer folder I have created.

I want to be able to run the batch and create folders that automatically allow anyone to delete, rename, add to, move, etc. All of these permissions are allowed when I manually create the folders. The idea is that anyone in the company can run the batch to create a customer folder and anyone else can edit it.

Any ideas?

A:Giving Automatic Permissions to Folders Created Using a Batch File


I'm not familiar with the option, but using the ICACLS command will allow you to modify the permissions.

C:\Windows\system32>icacls /?

ICACLS name /save aclfile [/T] [/C] [/L] [/Q]
stores the DACLs for the files and folders that match the name
into aclfile for later use with /restore. Note that SACLs,
owner, or integrity labels are not saved.

ICACLS directory [/substitute SidOld SidNew [...]] /restore aclfile
[/C] [/L] [/Q]
applies the stored DACLs to files in directory.

ICACLS name /setowner user [/T] [/C] [/L] [/Q]
changes the owner of all matching names. This option does not
force a change of ownership; use the takeown.exe utility for
that purpose.

ICACLS name /findsid Sid [/T] [/C] [/L] [/Q]
finds all matching names that contain an ACL
explicitly mentioning Sid.

ICACLS name /verify [/T] [/C] [/L] [/Q]
finds all files whose ACL is not in canonical form or whose
lengths are inconsistent with ACE counts.

ICACLS name /reset [/T] [/C] [/L] [/Q]
replaces ACLs with default inherited ACLs for all matching files.

ICACLS name [/grant[:r] Sid:perm[...]]
[/deny Sid:perm [...]]
[/remove[:g|:d]] Sid[...]] [/T] [/C] [/L] [/Q]
[/setintegritylevel Level:policy[...]]

/grant[:r] Sid:perm grants the specified user access rights. With :r,
the permissions replace any previouly granted explicit permissions.
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Hi everyone,

Lately I've been noticing empty folders with random names following two templates (examples "_555781_" and "2c11f319d99f7d82361282acaa") getting created in the My Documents folder every day. This is bothersome because I have all my main data under My Documents, and having so many randomly named folders in between makes it hard to find stuff, and so I've been deleting them daily for the past few days, which is becoming annoying. Such folders also appear under c:\, where they additionally also take names such as "MSI8990.tmp". On this PC, I've defined My Documents to be the root of my second partition (D:\).

The only change I can think of that coincided with this problem is that the day before it started, I'd installed iDrive and configured it to do daily cloud back-ups. However their techies say their app is definitely not the one creating those folders.

A much more likely candidate is, in fact, Windows Update. Thinking about it, a while ago I did use to see a couple of these folders (but no so many!) appear under My Documents every once in a while - but crucially, not every day! I am 99% sure this has to do with Windows Update, but I don't know why their creation frequency is now daily.

My PC is running Windows XP SP3 and (should that be relevant) has Office 2010 installed. Another forum message with a similar problem suspected a link with opening Word documents, which I wasnt able to reproduce here.

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A:Empty folders with random names created daily under My Documents (WinXP_SP3)

Can you open the folders? Are there any files in the folders? If so what are they of?

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Hi everyone,

Lately I've been noticing empty folders with random names following two templates (examples "_555781_" and "2c11f319d99f7d82361282acaa") getting created in the My Documents folder every day. This is bothersome because I have all my main data under My Documents, and having so many randomly named folders in between makes it hard to find stuff, and so I've been deleting them daily for the past few days, which is becoming annoying. Such folders also appear under c:\, where they additionally also take names such as "MSI8990.tmp". On this PC, I've defined My Documents to be the root of my second partition (D:\).

The only change I can think of that coincided with this problem is that the day before it started, I'd installed iDrive and configured it to do daily cloud back-ups. However their techies say their app is definitely not the one creating those folders.

A much more likely candidate is, in fact, Windows Update. Thinking about it, a while ago I did use to see a couple of these folders (but no so many!) appear under My Documents every once in a while - but crucially, not every day! I am 99% sure this has to do with Windows Update, but I don't know why their creation frequency is now daily.

My PC is running Windows XP SP3 and (should that be relevant) has Office 2010 installed. Another forum message with a similar problem suspected a link with opening Word documents, which I wasnt able to reproduce here.

Tha... Read more

A:Empty folders with random names created daily under My Documents (WinXP_SP3)

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DDS Log File below quick introduction and other attach.txt attached as requested
POST Consist of:
Hello, first of all thank you for everyone that will be helping with this situation. I will try to keep the drama to a minimum, but i think it is highly relevant to this particular computer being compromised and ultimately being fixed.
First of all this has been happening for over a year even now after the divorce i am still stalked, surveillanced, monitored, hacked, removed GPS from my car, not sure if there are audio bugs in my house or hidden cameras list just goes on and on I was married to a text book sociopath and he just wont let go of that control. He has done every form of abuse there is, but never left enough marks for police to do anything I have been at the mercy of attorneys that did nothing and basically just robbed my mother of her savings trying to make sure my children and I are safe. This man monitors everything I do with his mistress I have plenty of proof, but nothing concrete and at this point I just need it to end. Just last night there was someone lurking at my windows and ran off when i turned the lights off but again of course police can do nothing even though i gave full description the didnt come back it just doesnt end.
I have two com... Read more

A:Keylogger,remote access, stealing data, created folders, restraining order,

Hi there,my name is Marius and I will be assisting you with your Malware related problems.Before we move on, please read the following points carefully. First, read my instructions completely. If there is anything that you do not understand kindly ask before proceeding. Perform everything in the correct order. Sometimes one step requires the previous one. If you have any problems while you are follow my instructions, Stop there and tell me the exact nature of your problem. Do not run any other scans without instruction or Add/ Remove Software unless I tell you to do so. This would change the output of our tools and could be confusing for me. Post all Logfiles as a reply rather than as an attachment unless I specifically ask you. If you can not post all logfiles in one reply, feel free to use more posts. If I don't hear from you within 3 days from this initial or any subsequent post, then this thread will be closed. Stay with me. I will give you some advice about prevention after the cleanup process. Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean. My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding.  Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-RootkitPlease download Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit from here Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit and save it to your desktop.Be sure to print out and follow the instructions provided on that same page.Caution: This is a beta version so please ... Read more

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I had a file that was was created on my desktop. It is called "ALSysIO.sys". It scanned free of virus. and I did a full system scan and that was clean as well. Here is a hijack this file:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 7:17:34 AM, on 11/27/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QlbCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\\UpdateChecker.exe
C:\Program Files\Rokario\Bandwidth Monitor\bandmon.exe
C:\Program Files\allSnap\allSnap.exe
C:\Program Files\2BrightSparks\SyncBack\SyncBack.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe ... Read more

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Sorry if this is in the wrong section...I'm not sure where to put this. The problem is that I keep getting a .txt file appearing in my desktop even after deleting it. The name is hs_err_pid26940.The log is:## A fatal error has been detected by the Java Runtime Environment:## EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION (0xc0000005) at pc=0x6a475dc6, pid=26940, tid=19560## JRE version: 7.0_05-b06# Java VM: Java HotSpot™ Client VM (23.1-b03 mixed mode windows-x86 )# Problematic frame:# C [jaclib.dll+0x5dc6] getWindowHandle+0x96## Failed to write core dump. Minidumps are not enabled by default on client versions of Windows## If you would like to submit a bug report, please visit:# The crash happened outside the Java Virtual Machine in native code.# See problematic frame for where to report the bug.#--------------- T H R E A D ---------------Current thread (0x1e7c6800): JavaThread "Thread-21" daemon [_thread_in_native, id=19560, stack(0x22430000,0x22630000)]siginfo: ExceptionCode=0xc0000005, reading address 0x00000000Registers:EAX=0x00000000, EBX=0x2262f950, ECX=0x000e0001, EDX=0x0000002eESP=0x2262f8d0, EBP=0x2262f904, ESI=0x000e0000, EDI=0x00000000EIP=0x6a475dc6, EFLAGS=0x00010246Top of Stack: (sp=0x2262f8d0)0x2262f8d0: 000e0001 76e76d80 00000000 000002000x2262f8e0: 2262f950 76e51899 2262f9b0 2262fa140x2262f8f0: 7ff7e6cc 00000000 80000000 000000000x2262f900: 0055005c 2262f928 76e5f5e0 000e00000x2262f910: 00000200 2... Read more

A:I keep getting this java log created in my desktop

It's a bug. Oracle is "investigating (the) root cause of this issue" #2 here works for me :

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i just downloaded and ran the DDS application but don't see a DDS Log on my desktop, only the attach file.

Where else can I look for it?

The issue started yesterday after i received a bluescreen, not IE isn't working nor is avast, I can use firefox.

Please advise on how I can find the DDS log to post here.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! :)

A:No DDS log created on my desktop after running DDS?

I was able to run and get the following two logs using RSIT.

See attached for Log 1 and 2.

Hope that helps someone get me off on the right track! :)

Thanks again in advance for any help!

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EVERYTIME I PUT A FILE ON THE DESKTOP it creates two of the same file when you go to delete them it will delete one and tell you the other one is not accessable. It's only when i'm logged into the main user on the computer. PLease help this is driving me nuts. thanks

A:Please Help! Double Files Created On Desktop

This requires altering the registry. Be sure to read how to back up and restore the registry in case something goes wrong.Duplicate Icons in the Desktop - Windows XPHow to backup the Windows XP Registry?How to back up, edit, and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

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Today when I loaded windows 7 I clicked on my account and after a slight delay a message appeared "preparing your desktop". When it appeared it was a new desktop and a message on the task bar stated "you can not access you files and folders". I have followed a few steps about unlocking locked accounts but my account wasn't locked.

A few other things have been happening over the last week so I am worried I might have a virus.

A google search left me thinking this problem was not common so I am at a loss what to do.

Thanks for you time.

A:Unable to access desktop a new one is created

Quote: Originally Posted by makaze

Today when I loaded windows 7 I clicked on my account and after a slight delay a message appeared "preparing your desktop". When it appeared it was a new desktop and a message on the task bar stated "you can not access you files and folders". I have followed a few steps about unlocking locked accounts but my account wasn't locked.

A few other things have been happening over the last week so I am worried I might have a virus.

A google search left me thinking this problem was not common so I am at a loss what to do.

Thanks for you time.

You should run a virus scan. If you do not have one installed try Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows Let us know how it goes.

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Is there a way to determine when a desktop icon was created? I know if I right click and choose properties it gives me a date but can that be relied upon as gospel?

Reason I ask is that there is an icon on one of our user's desktop that says May 26th but that was a Saturday when the office was closed.

Thanks in advance

A:determining when a desktop icon was created

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OK...ALL in the same 30 minutes....

I created 2 folders on my desktop, one called The Faces, one called Rod Stewart.

I ripped some music to both, burned a CD from each, and then the fun started.

I right-clicked on The Faces folder, deleted. No prob.

I right-clicked on Rod Stewart folder and was told I don't have administrator rights to delete it.

I deleted all files in the folder, no prob.

I tried to delete now empty folder, no rights.

Ran elevated cmd prompt and typed:

rd /s /q "w:\user\desktop\rod stewart" and get access denied.

I right click folder and Take Ownership....Access Denied.

So I have an empty folder on desktop...

I even tried creating another folder on desktop called Junk, and tried dropping the Rod Stewart folder into it to then Delete Junk...I don't have admin rights to cut the empty Rod Stewart folder....

In Explorer when I navigate to the folder and try and click on it I get "it is not accessible", as's NOT THERE.



A:Can't delete a self-created folder on desktop

Take ownership of the folder, then delete it... Take Ownership Shortcut

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Can anyone point me in the direction to look at log files etc for a problem experienced weekly.
We have calls logged by users about some issues with programs not working.  The programs that stop working are AppV programs.
What happens when AppV stops working is that we find out that the %LOCALAPPDATA% variable doesn't exist under the login.  If you command line echo %LOCALAPPDATA% you would expect the response C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local.  However, the variable
doesn't exist.  Additionally what we find is that there is a folder labelled %LOCALAPPDATA% on the desktop.
The only way to then reinstate the %LOCALAPPDATA% variable is to recreate the user profile.  This will fix the problem for that user for a while, a month, 2 months or even 6 months.
I don't think the problem is related to AppV, its just that AppV relies on the variable %LOCALAPPDATA% being available.
Where do I start investigating? Any help appreciated.

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Not sure how this happened, but suddently computer started getting a Folder "Logs" on desktop despite repeated deletion. Inside the folder is a file named Cpu.log

Is this any kind of extraction program or something? Please help


A:Logs Folder Being Repeatedly Created On Desktop

It's probably being created by some program you ran, or is still running. Maybe a cpu monitoring program , or maybe just a virus which is monitoring things for you

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Since I fdisked, formatted NTSF and reloaded winXP new problems arise.
1. Got rid of the messenger spam
2. days later, I get a log on window--why? cause I was copying files from second drive back on to desktop?

I didn't set it up although at one place it asked for a user name and I had to--no password, though. My WinXP the Missing Manual has no help at all--as usual--on how to get rid of this sudden intrusion. I logged off immediately since I couldn't ESC out of it and the restart worked--it came up normally--no log on.

Can I delete this user without losing access to some files?
Do I need to use my Restoreit!3 program to go back to the last good incremental restore point? In which case I need to back up all recent files and email, before I do--I'd rather not have to!

3. Can I direct desktop to be stored on second drive again, as I always have? I wonder if that would that save my files in case this log on problem really messes me up in the future? Should I do same to my docs, and what else could I lose access to?

4. Does anyone get any help from the Win XP help and support feature? Did a human make this "improved" dumb and unresponsive feature? Just joking.

Thanks for any help you can give---

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Show Desktop Icons for all new users that are created, such as the user's network, this computer, Recycle Bin, Control Panel.

I use Windows 8.1 and no pro version.

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Hello All !

I have been worried sick that someone hacked my computer, till someone said that home group icons can be automatically created.

The problem i am having is that when i login my computer, there is a home group icon created on my desktop. I go in its options and leave home group, when i restart my computer its there again. My home have no other computers and its gets created on desktop even when my internet is off. Can anyone please guide me to right direction.

Much obliged.

A:Auto created Homegroup icon on desktop

Hello Amber, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below may be able to get rid of this "HomeGroup" desktop icon for you.

HomeGroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,

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Is it possible to add an icon for I.E. (Explorer) on the drop down menu you get when right clicking on the desktop? Almost every time I go to my computer I have to move my mouse to the corner where the I.E. icon is. I am not lazy, just wondered if there was a way to do this and make me even more spoiled rotten than I already am

And my son already suggested to me that I just place an I.E. icon in every corner of the screen.......

A:Drop down menu - created from right click on desktop - Can I add an icon for I.E.

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I would really appreciate some help on this one.

I have just acquired a refurbished machine with Windows 7 Pro pre installed. Thereafter I shrunk the volume in order to create another partition, on this partition a new volume and drive letter has also been created.

My problem is that whenever I create a folder on this partition is also created on my desktop and vice versa.

Any help in helping me understand why this behaviour is happening and how I could stop it would be most appreciated.

With thanks

A:Folder created on partition drive also appears on my desktop

I would think that somewhere along, the two places got associated by libraries. Best chance is to go through the tutorial section on this subject. It is also a great learning experience.

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How to create automatically a folder in the desktop of new users?

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Hi guys, I recently used 7z to archive a file. It asked me how many bytes I would like to split the file into - and I entered 25000 (I assumed I would create 2 25 MB files). Alas, it dumped all the files onto my desktop (1000's), and now Windows Explorer.exe hangs on bootup. Is there any way to circumvent the desktop screen in order for me to access the My Documents folder and obliterate all the unneeded files stored on desktop? Any suggestions? Thanks.

A:Created 1000's of files on desktop now Exploer.exe hanging

Did you try safe mode? During boot hit f8, quickly, but gently many times.

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I was away from my machine long enough for the screen saver to come on. When I moved my mouse, there was a yellow UAC alert on my desktop asking me if I wanted to run "GPU auto exe." Of course I clicked don't allow but saw a shortcut of the recycle bin on my desktop placed right next to the regular recycle bin. I checked inside the bin. Two unimportant files which were already there were unchanged. I disconnected from the internet. I had already changed my online paswords (using iPad) earlier that day when MBAM popped up saying it "blocked and quarantined a Trojan.backdoor.MRX" having to do with Splashtop (apple remote desktop) software updater. And a little bit later, I got a another MBAM pop up having to do with my HP printer software uninstall. CC cleaner made a reference to this when I subsequently ran its registry cleaner but my printer seems to be working fine, and my computer still seems zippy with no startup or shutdown problem. MBAM full scan shows clean. Spybot 2 cleans, congradulates me but shows still infected items upon rescan. When I click "fix selected items" again, the button grays out and all the previously selected items become unchecked. All of this stuff has happened without any input from me, and my browser was not being used. Oh, one more thing, I ran Rkill, and it fixed permissions to allow me to edit the host file, and there was a list of Internet addresses shown. Running Dr Web Cureit! and then Rkill again showed no issues with the Host File, but in... Read more

A:Shortcut of Recycle bin created on desktop after yellow UAC alert.

Oh, I have Windows 7 SP1

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Hi, i think my computer is infected by a virus recently. my comp: Windows XP Home On the 16th of october i visited a filesharing site which led to this disaster. so I restarted my computer then i realised my computer was slower then usual. i thought it was nothing so i was looking 4 a walkthrough 4 a game from gamespot then when i minimised my internet (firefox) i saw 3 short cuts to so i right click them then target to find where they were coming from and they were in some internet folder but there were no file related to it and when i check it was actualy a linked to their actual sites. when i checked the internet folder i was viewing hidden files to just incase it was hidden n there was nothing out of the ordinary. then i used avg to remove this things and after the scan it found other virus so i deleted them then 1 hour later it spread and the shortcuts ( came back and some of my files were deleted because of avg then i installed Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and scan my coomputer deleted everything that was there and my computer was fine for about an hour. So i installed the programs that were missing files again so it overwrites it and doesnt deleted any save fiels. then they came back again (i had all these programs b4 i visited the site and worked fine) so i installed Spybot - Search & Destroy and deleted everything and that worked out fine. then i restarted my computer and my computer stuffe... Read more

A:trojan virus ( created in desktop

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I loaded upa new version of MS Office 2007 and wanted to create icons on my desktop for Word, Excel, etc. I went to Microsoft Office via All Programs and then clicked and dragged each program (Word, Excel...) onto my desktop. Each icon ended up with an arrow symbol to the corner of each new icon, which didn't look right to me, so thinking I did it incorrectly, I deleted each icon.

Now, each program name is missing in the All Programs MS Office view.

How do I get them back? Do I need to reinstall MS Office?

And, how do I correctly add desktop icons for these programs?

Thank you.

A:Created desktop shortcut from All Programs menu then deleted it. How to get back?

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I recently installed and set up Outlook 2007, which included importing e-mail messages from Windows Mail.

When I start up Outlook, it creates a folder titled Mail on my desktop with nothing in it. This doesn't appear to have any use, and it is annoying to have this appear again the next time I start Outlook even after deleting it previously.

I am not sure if it is related to my importing mail from Windows Mail, because I believe I designated a folder on my desktop (possibly titled "Mail") for my Windows Mail messages in order to import correctly. But then I deleted it (and most of Windows Mail). However, this may be unrelated.

I have disabled all Outlook add-ins, as well as mail scanning for my Norton AntiVirus, but neither of these worked.

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A:Outlook 2007: Empty Mail Folder Created on Desktop


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I haven't been able to track down any issues similar to this, so I hope some of you guys can help. When I shutdown my computer in the evening, a folder is created on one of my external hard drives (N:\). For example, last night the folder "notify1636799688" was created with a timestamp of when I shutdown my computer. The folder has read-only set to true and the owner is "Administrators". The folder is not always created when I shutdown so I can't reproduce it at will, but it usually happens every night. Sometimes I've seen it like "notify-1636799688" (with a hyphen) but the numbers always change. I have six drives hooked up:

C:\ -> Internal SSD w/ Windows 8.1 installed to it.
D:\ -> Internal SSD
E:\ & G:\ -> Internal HDDs
M:\ & N:\ -> External HDDs

I tried unplugging N:\ and that made the folders get created on the internal HDD G. I tried using process monitor to look for any programs making changes to that directory but it only happens when the computer is shutdown after the "Shutting down" screen comes up so I can't see what's accessing the drive. I just secure erased my SSDs and deleted and formatted new partitions on my internal HDDs and the issue persists after re-installing windows and some programs. I'm kind of paranoid about it.

Here's a list of software I have installed:

Core Temp 1.0 RC6
Corsair Utility Engine for K70 keyboard
CrashPlan Automatic Backup
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Hello All:

Browsing the folders on my hard drive I have found a series of shortcuts (to default users, application data, "archivos de programas" (program files in English language) that I didn't create and that I can neither access nor delete.

I have two administrator accounts in the computer, yet can't operate on these shortcuts.

Any ideas on how to access this folders and eventually deleting them?

I am attaching some screenshots on the matter.

Thank you for your help!

A:Unaccesible shortcuts created by the system in user & system folders

sounds like you may have to try the following link to try and take ownership of those folders. Try this link and see what happens:

Take Ownership Shortcut

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Newly created Firefox website shortcut icons on my desktop now look like the first choice one sees when right clicking a shortcut icon , then left clicking "properties", and then clicking " change icon" -- they should look like a white square with the firefox logo in the center instead of a white square with a little box containing 3 tiny symbols.

The issue doesn't affect pre-existing shortcut icons but only new ones that I try to create.

Firefox is set as my default browser and URL Internet Shortcut''' via Windows '''Control Panel''' > '''Folder Options''' > '''File Types''' > '''Advanced''' > '''Change Icon''' is selected as firefox.exe

I'm running XP Pro SP3

How do I restore the original appearance?

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Hello Everybody,

I stupidly saved important folders to desktop; When I click properties says location is c\users\user\desktop which to me is where the folder and files are on the HD.

I have tried using a practise folder to get it from desktop to My Docs with properties showing as a Document, so I can delete from the desktop.
When I create folder on desktop and "send to" My Docs it appears in my doc but when I delete from desktop it deletes both.
I looked at a article about the old way drag and drop as XP did. Found the move to under edit but still can't do it.
there must be a way!
I do not use libraries as they confuse me as to where the file is stored on HD and I only have important docs twice a year, which is also the problem, as I don't repeat what I've learnt enough.

I've been storing some on my old XP drive [Has all my old records on] as I can work that, but I thought I could use the Win 7. Well I'm pathetic , I can't even move a document and know its safe on HD.

I do not use the libraries as sounds simple but I never believe I won't accidently delete.>

Any help will be appreciated.
Regards Shalimar

A:Moving Folders from Desktop to My Docs so I can delete off desktop.

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
If you right click drag and drop you're offered several options
Move to
Copy to
create shortcut to
And my personal favorite cancel if you make a boo-boo

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Trying to set-up/learn Win 10.

In Win 7 I had a 'desktop' entry on my taskbar (when clicked) that showed EVERYTHING on the desktop ... thus allowing me to have a 'clean' desktop so I could see the background images w/o icons cluttering it up.

Referring to the tutorial 'Pin to taskbar' Folder and Drive in Windows 10 I created a 'desktop icon' but it only shows 10 out of 26 'items' (some shortcuts, some folders, etc).

The 'desktop' (folder ?) only contains those 10 items ... is the another 'desktop' folder floating around the Win 10 refers to when displaying it on the PC?

A:Where is 'Desktop File' Containing ALL files,folders,apps in Desktop?

Hello RAPw10,

The desktop will show items inside the two folders below.

Current account's desktop folder: %UserProfile%\Desktop

All users' desktop folder: %Public%\Desktop

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it says:

Destination Folder Access Denied

You need permission to perform this action
I am the administrator i so i have full permission on everything but i am stuck on this error,, please help me,,

thanks in advance!

A:I cannot create new folder on desktop, only on desktop but in other folders i can

There are several desktops folders. a couple of them are "system" locked. Which path are you following to the one which denies access?

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Hi. I'm thinking about repairing Windows 7Home Premium 32bit with the DVD, because of BSOD, but I hesitate.

I first need to know if the backup folder called "Windows.old" will be a COPY (keeps Date Modified but updates Date Created) or a CUT (simply moves all folders to an other, thus doesn't change Date Created). Thanks!
So of course, only those who have ever reinstalled Windows 7 may know the answer. If you don't know but have reinstalled Windows 7 at least once, please spare 30 seconds to check, simply find a file like a picture or music that you had before the reinstall, and see in the bottom bar of explorer if its Date Created is the original or the reinstall date. You can also click Display tab in Explorer, then Sort by > Others > check "Date Created", > OK > Click display again > Sort by > Date Created. Don't mistake with Date Modified, I know the original Date Modified is kept upon copying, but it will update if you modify the file obviously. Please be honest and double check, losing 5.9 years old dates of my past would be heartbreaking, like mixing the pages of my diary!

Date Created is very important to me (and is underrated because it's not the default sorting option unlike Name/Type/Date Modified) because my computer is 5.9 years old, now has thousands of files and folders and it's easy to find them back and organize them with Date Created sorting if I didn't write tags or description in the file name.
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Earlier today my computer began to act strangely. Shortcuts linking to such programs as "Micro Antivirus 2009", "QUALITY PORN", "BEST ZOO PORN", etc. began to appear on my desktop. Also I have been receiving fake Anti-Virus errors, trying to lead me to purchasing Anti-Virus products, amongst other products. Also, fake blue error screens appeared on my desktop if I allowed it to go to the screensaver. Then it would go through a fake reboot and send you back to the desktop. I ran various scans with AVG, ComboFix and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. All of the programs have found various trojans and viruses, and for the most part remove them. But then they suddenly re-surface after they have been removed. Thank you very much for reading.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:40:32 PM, on 9/15/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Bon... Read more

A:Various Shortcuts Created On Desktop + Fake Anti-virus Warnings + Fake Error Screens & More.

HII ran various scans with AVG, ComboFix and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.Please post all the logs you have ...steam

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Good evening. I've got something weird going on I'd like to ask for help with. Every time I close the Event Viewer or Task Scheduler I get a new "Administrative Tools" folder on the desktop. As far as I know, no other programs cause it, at least none of the ones I tested. I'm not exactly sure when it started but I know it hasn't always done it. I've already got Administrative Tools folders in my Start Menu. Anyone know what could be causing it? Thanks.

A:"Administrative Tools" folder created on desktop every time I close Event Viewer

Sounds like a change in your settings. To be sure
Run a full anti virus scan
Download and run a full scan with Malwarebytes to be sure we are not talkling about a virus
If all are negative, go back with System Restore to a week before the problem began.
System Restore - How to

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The problem started about a week ago when suddenly an empty "Logs" folder was created on my Desktop. I didn't think much of it and deleted it but then it happened again repeatedly since then. I can't find out why this is happening and what is causing it, did a Full Scan with KIS 2015 many times and Malwarebytes to no avail. I also did AdwCleaner and that didn't find anything. The folder is an empty folder named "Logs". That's it. Just a folder.

The folder seems to be created on a specific time (today's was created on exact 11PM and again at 1.25AM, 2.5 hours after the first one). I wish I could find a way to see which program created what folder, if that is possible then please help.


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Is there any software that can add folders to your desktop such as 'fences' but have a small icon or something I can hover over or click to open up and then once I'm somewhere else it automatically closes itself?

A:iOS-like folders for W8 desktop?

Yes. I know there is one on deviantart.

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I've hunted high and low but I can't find it.....

We have 2 users on this PC. We both have desktop folders in use.

My folders are just plain beige and empty but the other logon shows the contents of the folders like small pieces of paper inside the folder.

I want to turn this on for my logon as well.


A:Desktop Folders

All I know is that it's turned off if you change the icon in the folder properties>customize. It might be easiest to create a new logon or copy the working one and then change passwords etc.

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For some reason I have lost the ability to make a new folder on my desktop. I was able to right click and a list would come up and there was a add new folder in list I would click it and add a new fold to desktop. What to I do to get this feature back. I am running Win 10

A:Desktop Folders

Dont you get a option new click on that and get a list?

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Greetings from South Dakota!

Question: Is there any way that I can password protect an individual folder on my desktop? For example " I would like to prevent other users from seeing sensitive files etc. "

Thanks as alway's!


A:Desktop Folders in XP

Provided you are using ntfs, just right click on the folder > properties > security. Set options from there as to who get access to the folder.

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Okay, this is the first time this has happened to me, but... I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out HOW all this stuff disappeared!!

One minute all my folders, etc. are on the desktop, and the next---gone!

My CD rom stopped working about a month ago so I haven't been able to back anything up. This is BAD, real bad, because work I've done over the last few days is now gone.

Any idea what could've happened?????


I just looked in C: and there's a folder called "Desktop" there, and it has all my stuff in it---but it's not showing up on my desktop. What now?

A:WTH did I do? 1/2 desktop folders, etc. gone

WOW, lot of problems and I am not exactly sure how to fix all of them. I recommend you store your files in My Documents and not use the Desktop, which may stop you files disappearing.

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I did a search for Desktop to view all my icons that are shown on my desktop screen...but could not find the one that has those files. This is weird. The one that i thought was it showed some videos that i had downloaded only..not the ones that include txt files. How can i find the real mccoy? Sounds stupid, I know.

A:Too many Desktop folders

It should be at:
C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR NAME\Desktop

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I need help understanding how folders work in Vista. I moved my User folder to a 2nd hard drive on my computer. When in Explorer and I view my User folder under Desktop (at the the top) and my User folder in my Data (D) drive, only some of the contents are the same. Is there a way that when I add data to my User folder in my D drive that my Desktop > User Name will see it? I realize only the blue search folders under Desktop > User name copy new data when added in my D drive. (ex: I would like to see all contents of User Name when clicked on in the Start Menu).


A:Desktop Folders

Hi Jamie,

When I used this method below, all the user folders remained in the Start menu, but everything was actually being stored in the new location. The Start menu was just a shortcut to the new location. Any change to one of them should reflect in the other. Check to see if this is like the method you used. If not, just relocate it back to the defaults and try this one.

See: How to Change a Personal User Folder Location in Vista

Hope it helps you,

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shortly after rebooting I find the desktop folders do not open. At first they work fine, then after a few minutes the hour glass appears for about 10 seconds when folder is clicked. Then the hour glass goes out and nothing happens.

A:desktop folders do not open

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not sure if I am posting this in the correct place sorry if I am wrong there a way to make the folders and icons on my desktop smaller? they look so big on my 16 in screen

A:folders n icons on desktop

Real easy. Left Click on one lightly, so the shadow shows. Hold down alt key, then with the middle ball on the mouse make them bigger or smaller.

or right click on desk top and then view. I like thie first way You can make them any size.

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I used the Windows Backup Utility to restore a file to my desktop last night. It installed the entire path from the backup that I made. When I tried to click down through the path to get to the file, I got an error message saying that I didn't have permissions to do so. So, I tried to delete the directory (including sub-directories) off the desktop to try again, and was again told that I don't have permissions.

I'm fairly tech-savvy, and tried several things to resolve this. I went as far as rebooting into safe mode, logging on as Admin, and trying to delete...with no luck. I also tried booting into command prompt mode, and got a similar message. In command prompt mode, it also said something about the file or directory being used by another process.

I'm stumped and would appreciate anyone's help with this.

Some relevant info:
- Windows XP Pro
- All patches/Service Packs/etc are up to date
- Backup was made from a network share
- Restore was to the desktop on my computer (non-Admin profile)
- HD is a RAID 0+1 Array

Please help!

A:Can't Delete Folders On Desktop

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i use vista home premium, and this morning i noticed every folder on my desktop is gone. completely vanished. i used the search feature to look for some of the folders and when i click them it says:


The item "foldername" that the shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly.

Do you want to delete this shortcut?

Thing is I never had shortcuts or anything for them...
Some of it was important stuff.

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I have some problems with ?Vista?. On the left panel of my ?Explorer? under ?Folders?, I get:

DESKTOP - under which I get:
A list of standard MS folders: Warren (my name), Public, Computer, Network, etc.
Also a list of my personal desktop folders: (about 25 folders)

There are three problems:
1. Under ?Warren?, I get a list of folders including the following:
DESKTOP (2nd time) - under which is the list of my personal folders
DESKTOP (3rd time) - under which I get:
DESKTOP (4th time) - under which I get:
DESKTOP (5th time) - under which is the list of my personal folders

2. Under ?Warren?, I also get:
DOCUMENTS - under which I get:
Corel User Files, HTML, My Albums, My Pictures
DOCUMENTS - under which I get:
Corel User Files (2nd time), My Google Gadgets, Notes, QPPriv

So my questions are:
1. How can I get rid of all the repeated ?Desktop?s?? If I try to delete one of them, it also deletes all the others.
2. Do I need two ?Document? folders?
3. Do I need two ?Corel User Files? folders?


A:Repeated DESKTOP Folders

Hi Warren. . .


I would like to get a better view of your user profile folders. Please run the following:
START | type cmd.exe into the start search box | right-click on cmd.exe above under Programs | select run as administrator | type the following as it appears and hit enter after each line:




tree > %userprofile%\documents\$warren0813.doc

The output is located in your documents folder - $warren0813.doc - upload it and attach to your next post. Please note that you do not have to have Office Word installed to run this eventhough output is in a Word-type format.

Regards. . .



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HELP! Or my world is at an end.

I recently had a horrendous virus get to my pc. In order to get rid of it I had to save all of my files onto another drive, wipe my C drive, reload Windows, transfer all my files back, run a full virus check and then start again.
I took the opportunity to switch from XP to Vista at the same time. I bought my main pc with Windows XP already loaded so I don't have the original disk - I have a new copy if required but wanted to change to Vista.

All is fine now except for one thing...I had a load of files saved on my desktop and just copied the whole lot directly onto the backup drive as opposed to doing it folder by folder. I can see it on my backup drive as a folder but when I try and access it all the data in it has disappeared?? I have not transferred this to my main pc is linked to my laptop.

I have checked the size of the folder and it is massive but when I open it my desktop files are not showing? Only some other stuff that is small fry.

How can I recover whole business life is in that folder, I have spent three days clearing this virus off my PC and now it looks like all my important stuff has disappeared.

Suicide seems like a good option at the moment...can someone please help and save my life!!!!!

A:Lost all desktop folders

Before committing suicide, in which scenario ALL files are erased, try the following:

1) Go to Documents and Settings, and under User accounts, there may be saved the previous Desktop files. I sometimes rename my computer different things so I can tell them apart. Go into each desktop folder to see if your previous desktop files are there.

2.)There is inexpensive file recovery software, some very good, which can recover even deleted and corrupted files, or can at least recover fragments of files which will show created and modified dates and times which will prove the files are yours if it ever comes down to litigation, if that is what you are worried about. I have a number of successful websites on the net, and have fought some of the worst b--tards on the net for years, who have fried drives, erased files, and I know how you feel because last summer, someone fried 2 of my large drives over night losing close to 80 gigs of files: same scenario.

3)BACKUP EVERYTHING FROM NOW ON. Back up extraneous files from drives when you ftp sites, there is usually plenty of extra space. Use odd backups like tape backups, or flash drive or photo card backups: things a lot of computers don't have. Don't keep your drives unlocked or in an obvious place, and keep an extra set at a different location. Use a code if necessary so that the files are not easily identifiable.

4.) IMPORTANT. Don't throw away or get rid of the hard drive that you lost the files from. IF worse ca... Read more

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