strangely named folder

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August 11, 2010 at 07:45:03
Specs: Windows XP home, P4/850
My question is about a folder on a friends computer. Emachines P4 running XP home. He picked up a malware/virus type infection, and I cleaned it with Malwarebytes/SuperAntispyware/AVG/CCleaner. The computer shows clean on all scans now, and seems to be running ok. We did notice what seems to be a new folder on the desktop. This guy does nothing on the computer but work on the web, surf. He hasn`t made a new folder, doesn`t even know how to. I didn`t want to execute the folder to see what was inside just in case it was something malicious. The name on the folder is xcv 45rtf 6cg 76yh,..`;. I thought may be someone could give me a hint on this one ie think it`s safe/not safe?. Like I said earlier in the post, all scans are coming up clean, but, I thought may be this could be one of those that when you execute it, it reinfects through autoruns. Thanks for your time, and any info/thoughts.

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Ike


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#1
August 11, 2010 at 08:21:57
Anything with a cryptic name like that is likely to be suspicious - on the desktop even more so. Personally I'd just delete it and forget about it.

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#2
August 11, 2010 at 10:09:38
Right click on the folder and choose properties. See how large it is. If you are concerned that it might be useful then copy it to optical or floppy disk. Then delete it.

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#3
August 11, 2010 at 21:00:12
Thanks for the tips johnr and OtheHill. I went to the properties window of that folder as you suggested OtheHill, and it was identified as a short cut to a file(doesn`t say to which file) in his My documents folder which does seem a bit strange seeing as he doesn`t even know how to set up a short cut.

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#4
August 12, 2010 at 04:41:01
You can inadvertantly create a shortcut by dragging on an existing program icon. That said, the name on the folder should be the same as the original. I would be wary. If there is no substance to the folder, I would just delete it. If the recycle bin is not emptied for a few days you will know if the folder was needed or not. If not needed then empty the recycle bin.

Note Ccleaner and other similar utilities empty the recycle bin as part of their housekeeping.


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#5
August 12, 2010 at 07:34:59
Thanks for the advice OtheHill, I appreciate your taking the time. If it was my own computer I probably would have deleted it as soon as I saw it, but since it is a friends computer that I am not familiar with, plus throw the fact in that it had malware/virus on it that I cleaned off, I needed to tread a little lighter. That`s all I needed to do is screw up a friends computer because of not taking the time to check things out with someone on this forum more knowledgeable about things like this than I am. Since I have 3 votes for delete, and 0 votes for keeping the file, I feel a lot more assured about deleting it, and telling my friend to hold off on emptying the recycle bin for a while. Thanks again for the guidance.

Regards
Ike


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