i386 folder

January 10, 2010 at 12:13:41
Specs: Windows do
Last year I had computer techs replace my hard drive (the old one crashed). Today, after having an email sent out from my address not by me, I checked a folder that I am told was not there until recently. In it is the i386 folder. The folder that the i386 folder is located in is a sub of the c: drive but the folder name is a bunch of letters and numbers. Could this have been put in this folders by the techs or has my computer been attacked?

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#1
January 10, 2010 at 12:18:53
Those files are required to run Windows....you have NOT been attacked....

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#2
January 10, 2010 at 12:22:13
What version of Windows is "Windows do"?

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#3
January 10, 2010 at 12:23:41
Since he posted in XP Forum, I am assuming he is using XP....

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#4
January 10, 2010 at 13:48:46
Today, after having an email sent out from my address not by me, How did you find out about this phantom e-mail?

If an e-mail is sent from your e-mail system without your knowledge or approval then your system has been compromised. However it could be that an e-mail system in which your e-mail address is stored, say by a friend, has been compromised and their address-book entries are being used.

A difficult situation to overcome but one which should be investigated.

Good luck.


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#5
January 10, 2010 at 14:31:41
It could be something called spoofing. Someone sends an email supposedly from you. Your friend opens it up and is infected or their computer may be then compromised.

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#6
January 10, 2010 at 15:20:35
What size is i386?

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#7
January 10, 2010 at 20:10:48
i386 folder is pretty standard config. It is used for when you change system componets and the OS asks for the install cd. Instead it gets it from the i386 folder.

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#8
January 11, 2010 at 06:29:23
What Wanderer said is correct. Some Techs will copy the I386 folder from your Windows XP disk to the hard drive so that when they add and remove Windows components they do not need to pop the CD in each time. If you have a functioning Windows XP CD then you can remove the i386 folder if you suspect it. If you do not have a working Windows XP disk then leave it alone.

That being said, I doubt it is the i386 folder and more likely that you got a bot from an email with an infected file. What have you used to scan your computer for viruses?


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