Files in "My Computer?

January 8, 2013 at 13:34:53
Specs: Windows XP, 2.673 GHz / 3318 MB

I did a search for a bunch of video clips I made and noticed that there appears to be some sort of file showing up in My Computer. Screenshot here: The red icon is the one I made for avi files, the Internet icon files are the ones I don't understand. I've never seen this before now.

Fearing some sort of virus/spyware, I've scanned my drives with just about every scanner I can think of (MS Malicious Removal Tool, AVG, Kaspersky Online, Malwarebytes, etc.) Ran chkdsk on all drives in case it was hardware related and that came up clean. I also used Speccy to get SMART data, again showing no issues.

There are only 6 titles mirroring the actual avi files. That's six out of 150 or so. They don't have a file size, no date or any properties. And there isn't anything showing up in My Computer, even with hidden files showing. Has anyone seen this happen or know why these "files" are showing up?

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January 8, 2013 at 13:38:56

The link to your screenshot just says "This image does not exist on this server"

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January 8, 2013 at 14:08:58

It was because I had parentheses that wound up included in the link. They're removed and the link now works. Thanks for the heads up.

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January 13, 2013 at 09:18:22

I am wondering if avi files are set to open in internet explorer, and that's why the weird Icon. I am however concerned that there are not file type listed.

Can you check the properties of the file without opening it (opposite click:properties) then post back the file size, and the target of said file.

The other thought I had was that if it was malicious, your scan would have hit something, so my thought is that its an error (not guaranteed of course)

:: mike

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January 13, 2013 at 10:38:26

Thanks for the reply, mike.
That's one of the big questions I have. There ARE no properties - no file size, no created date, nothing... It just made me wary to see them listed in as being in "My Computer". That's not a folder. You can't have files in "My Computer".

I'm wondering if it was just a Windows glitch, too. But I thought I'd post it here to see if anyone else had ever seen something like this and what they thought about it.

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January 13, 2013 at 10:52:24

if its a file that exists, you should be able to opposite click and get the popup with properties at the bottom. IF it's just a remnant maybe not.

:: mike

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January 23, 2013 at 20:35:32

they are search remains... delete them if you can

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