| richardg34 , "File extension LNK description: The LNK file extension is used for Windows Shortcut file - link to a program, file or directory.|
The LNK file is basically a link to a program or application located in different folder.For example you can create a LNK file for your document on the desktop, while the file remains in the document folder.
Although the concept of links to files (or applications) exists on the Mac OS, the use of the .LNK files is typical for Windows, which is also the operating system that can open them."
Sounds a little like gobbledy=gook to me, but that's what Google returns.
My guess is some sort of worm/trojan. I'd look at my start menu first to be sure a call to it isn't in there, but if not, be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running. Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas