Found loose file and don't know what it is

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium oem 64b...
March 4, 2010 at 07:42:21
Specs: Windows 7, P4 660 3.6/3Gig RAM
I just found a file loose on 'C' drive that I do not know what it is and Google does not return any reasonable answer either. This is a relatively new built computer with windows 7 64bit oem (few months old, self built and no crap on it) that is running well, I just would like to know if it is important and is it connected to something, or is it potentially not good. The name is: "enemy wildcat" and is listed simply as 'file' and does not show anything useful in properties including any extension or publisher. Opening in notepad shows many characters, but nothing readable, not even programmers notes since it is some type of code. Any clues ??? All answers always appreciated.

Side note, in previous system w/XP, there was an option on the right click menu to 'scan with...' that is not available in 7. ?


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#1
March 4, 2010 at 13:54:02
Has this file any extension?
And the more interesting part is, where is this file located?
Is it stored in the windows folder or where exactly is it stored?

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#2
March 4, 2010 at 18:00:35
Delete it then or sent to trash can and or scan with av /spyware app. You'd need a scan app like microsoft's security essentials or other to right click. Or get free clamwin or other.

Look at registry for any mention of that file. (that might be bad).

If you really want to know about it there are ways to step it though a decompiler or other means to see if it is an executable.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#3
March 4, 2010 at 20:47:52
As I said, windows lists it as a 'File' and does not show an extension.
As I said, it is just loose in 'C' drive when I open to view 'C' drive, and NOT in any folder.
What's more interesting, the date created is back in August, months before I built this computer (I just checked, the ship date for this copy of windows 7 is in November)
I'm wondering if it could be partial code, awaiting some key or applet to make it executable....Hmmmm.
I will look through the registry for any mention of it, but what I really want to know is: What is the likelyhood that it is important? Or should I just delete it?

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#4
March 4, 2010 at 21:24:40
If you can't find the file when browsing drive C:, it might be a hidden file, or the logged in user has not enough rights to browse that file or maybe the folder, where the file is stored.
In that case, you may also not have the right to delete the file.
You can simply try to delete it to the trash bin as jefro stated in Response #2 and reboot the computer.
If there are any problems after deleting the file, you can restore it from the trash bin.

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#5
March 5, 2010 at 12:42:14
All you have restated is kind of meaningless to me since I can't guess the extent of what a hacker may be able to do. You may make an assumption I do not.

Delete it or send it to trash or even rename it.

There should be no reason for a limited user to put a file on root.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#6
March 5, 2010 at 20:44:30
Sorry Jefro, that part was not directed to you, the other poster apparently did not read what I wrote. Currently I deleted it to the recycling bin and I will leave it there for a while. I believe that if it is anything important then I assume I would have come up with something when I googled it. I will delete it permanently after a few days unless I (or someone) can connect it to something needed. I also would be interested if it is associated with ANYTHING else on my system (or off). It is possible that it I or someone in my family aborted an unintended download(click) or uninstalled something and just this file was left behind. I saw no mention of it running in process explorer, no mention of it in the new task manager (running or not) and I could not find anything in the registry about it.
Everyone has their own personal folder in the family to save their stuff to, and these folders are share enabled so they can access them from other computers in the house (this is the 'Den' computer with a separate shared backup drive as well as their personal folders that they can access here or upstairs in their rooms (hard wired network)) so no one would intentionally put a file directly like that to 'C' drive.
As always, thank you for all advice and suggestions.

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