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I have a user (win7) that keeps getting new folders created with odd symbols as the folder name. At ...
10th November 2010, 03:35 PM #1
Odd symbols for folder names
I have a user (win7) that keeps getting new folders created with odd symbols as the folder name. At first I thought it was corrupted existing folders but the folders are new and empty and only appear in folders that contain excel documents.
I have run ever virus / spyware scan I can find and found nothing.
10th November 2010, 03:57 PM #2
Have you tried removing the desktop.ini from the folder?
10th November 2010, 04:09 PM #3
Its more than one folder it seems to all the folders that have excel docs that this user has on the server. I will delete desktop.ini from these and see if they return.
Currently I am just getting the user to delete these folders but they slowly return.
10th November 2010, 09:44 PM #4
Do his excel files contain macro's?
11th November 2010, 10:57 AM #5
Can you elaborate on what you mean by 'odd symbols'?
Originally Posted by edutech4schools
15th November 2010, 12:00 PM #6
Sorry for the delay but only at school once or twice a week.
a. Some contain macros some don't
b. symbols can be ᴥ●■‼ or simply letters like ndy
15th November 2010, 06:05 PM #7
have you run chkdsk?
15th November 2010, 06:18 PM #8
I've seen rootkit's which create files and folders with symbols in their names. It might explain why your anti-virus didn't detect anything.
15th November 2010, 07:12 PM #9
yes that sounds very likely.
Originally Posted by Arthur
15th November 2010, 11:17 PM #10
- Rep Power
I've also seen it where a dodgy piece of memory can cause something similar.!
16th November 2010, 12:15 AM #11
are the files folders local? or on a server?
16th November 2010, 03:22 PM #12
Files are on a server but sync to laptop. I am at the school on Wednesday and will check the rootkit software + chkdsk.
17th November 2010, 02:28 PM #13
Chkdsk = passed
Memtest = passed
rootkit from above thread = 50000+ potential rooted files. I tried to save the list but it crashed.
How many false positives should something like this come back with?
If I re-install OS any advice to stop this same rootkit finding its way back onto the laptop. Could it have come from an excel doc?
17th November 2010, 03:01 PM #14
Wow! That's a lot. It might be worth doing a scan using GMER and/or RootRepeal to see if they say the same?
17th November 2010, 04:36 PM #15
try booting from a windows PE cd and run a virus/ malware checker from that
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