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Q: external HD got renamed and cannot be renamed back

My Dad's 20 GB USB 2 external HD was mysteriously renamed from Chinese to English and the new name is Lost Plannet 2 which looks like a game. He manually renamed it back, but it reverted back after rebooting.

Any idea how this could hav ehappened and how can we change it back permanently?


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A: external HD got renamed and cannot be renamed back

It's just a thought, but try viewing hidden & system files to see if there's anything fishy about the drive. Don't panic when you see stuff that you didn't know was there, but if you do see any system files on the root of the drive let us know what they are. Especially if you happen to find a file called "autorun".

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Was having issue with one usb external drive and usb connections...down loaded MS Fit-It for usb connections (MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe) and ran.

No my HP usb stick is named Fix it Portable (N) and I can not change it back. Not sure what happened but how can I get this named back to the original "HP 125v USB"...I can access the files on the stick...just can't rename it trying various ways ?


A:usb stick renamed by MS 'Fix-It' - can not change name back

Hello Tim,

One of the options in the tutorial below may be able to help you to rename the drive.

Drive - Rename

Hope this helps,

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Odd problem cropped up about a week ago. My boyfriend pointed out that the recycle bin has been renamed to "games (1)". I can't just rename it back either so I've no idea how to fix this. I did try going to the customize desktop feature from display>properties and selecting the restore default option but nothing happens so I'm not sure what else to try.

Zelda ;)

A::P Recycle bin icon somehow got renamed, how to I change it back?

Try registry fix #115 (Rename/Remove the Recycle Bin) at http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

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On fairly new computer with a backup disc - I plugged in my card reader before the back-up one time and then plugged in back-up disc and my computer had now renamed my back-up disc to Local disc H - it was Local Disc G. The Card reader now has been assigned the name Local Disc G. Tried to shut down unplug everything and restart - not using card reader and turning on only back-up disc. This is a problem because all of my files for websites are in back-up disc so all of the pathways are wrong. Is there anyway to get my back-up disc back to Local Disc G? Thanks to anyone who knows what I can do to correct this.

A:Local (back-up) Disc renamed by default

You can use Disk Management to re-assign the drive letters. You'll need to first re-assign H to something else and then assign the other drive to H, then do the other drive to G.

How to get to Disk Management: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844

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Hi all, hope you can help. I have Win 7 64 bit with 2 External drives which I have several partitons on each. A few days ago I encountered a Trojan and coincidentally at the same time my external drives were renamed to PEN DRIVE. When I view it with MY COMPUTER they still show the original names I assigned them but with Explorer/Powerdesk they show PEN DRIVE. I reformatted the main drive C: to get rid of the Trojan but the external drives didn't change. I re formatted and renamed one external but still no change. Any Ideas how to rename them back to my personal names?


A:External Drives were renamed to Pendrive

Welcome to the Seven Forums!

Can you verify that the trojan has not piggy-backed onto the external drives? Also, you say the names are correct in "My Computer" but not in "Explorer". I was under the impression they were the same in Windows 7, so some additional clarification would be nice. If the names are only appearing incorrectly via the 3rd-party program Powerdesk, it's possible the settings were inadvertently changed.

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Today I wanted to change some explorer and windows icons. But i didnt have access to change the imageres.dll file even after taking ownership of it. So i copied it to the desktop and changed some icons but i couldn't replace the new .dll with the old one neither.
So then i made the decision to rename the .dll to imageresold.dll and after that dragging in the new one(i have done that to explorerframe.dll earlier witout problem).
I could rename it but i still couldn't drag in the new one.

After that i couldn't rename it back to imageres.dll but there was an imageres.dll.backup there so i restarted the computer in hope that the backup would be used or something, if that wouldn't work i would just use sfc /scannow to fix all the system files.

But when I reached the login screen after starting the computer there was no user to log into, just the login wallpaper and the bottons in the corners to shut down /restart etc.

I booted up the installation cd to try to repair it from there but my mouse or keyboard doesn't work in the installation screen(i tried usb 3.0, 2.0 and ps/2 ports).

Is there any way i can log into the computer any other way or open cmd without logging in?

Thanks in advance
regards Tropiz

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

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So the problem is had a virus called the system check virus and started going through the manual process of getting rid of it. One part of it is making hidden folders, etc accessible and then renaming the virus files so it doesnt recognise them and they stop running. While in there i accidentally changed two of the folders names which had alot of characters so i mistook it for one of the virus files.
I've since learned these are windows folders and needed. was hoping someone could post a screenshot or something showing what these folders are meant to be called so i can change them back.
I know it was a stupid move but any help would be appreiciated... Thanks (hopefully this makes sense)

A:Renamed folders in application data, need to change them back

You must tell us the names of a few files inside or send screen shots of the open folders to see what files are there.

Only after that one would be able to know the names of the Folders in which these files are located in another computer.

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Thank's a lot !!!Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 22:54:22, on 2009.02.05.Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exeC:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exeC:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exeC:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ieuser.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10a.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Windows\system32\conime.exeC:\Windows\system32\NOTEPAD.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exeC:\Program Files\Crusty\Crusty\crusty.exe.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896R0 - HKC... Read more

A:renamed hjt.exe

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results, click no to the Optional_ScanFollow the ... Read more

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When I rip music files, I usually rename them and put them in a different folder. But sometimes, seemingly at random, some of them will be renamed and put in a folder and subfolder with the album name and artist, as if they had just been ripped, and they are also renamed to what they were when they were just ripped. The odd thing is, only certainly ones from the album are renamed and moved, while others are left just as they were. This is something that seems to happen completely at random and not all that often, but it's a bit annoying when it does. I think it may have something to do with Windows Media Player, but I'm not sure. Anyone have any idea what might be causing it, or how to stop it?

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Mod Edit:Moved to General Security from Win7 ~~ boopme
I think I may have a virus of some sort, because all of my files have been renamed with the following extension after all of them: .nowodfk
All word, excel, access, photos and pdf files extensions have this extension after them.  Is there a way to reverse this?  Any way to detect the virus, if any exist.  I have McAfee installed and even for a time I could not open it or Internet Explorer.

A:All of my files have been renamed

Hello,It looks like you are infected with CTB-Locker. Please read the information for this ransomware below.The newest variants of CTB-Locker typically encrypt all data files and rename them as a file with a 6-7 length extension with random characters. The newer variants also do not always leave a ransom note if the malware fails to change the background, like it generally does. Compounding matters, the newer CTB-Locker infection has been seen in combination with KEYHolder, TorrentLocker (fake Cryptolocker) or CryptoWall ransomware. Unfortunately, there is still no known method of decrypting your files without paying the ransom and with dual infections, that means paying both ransoms.A repository of all current knowledge regarding this infection is provided by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), in this tutorial: CTB Locker and Critroni Ransomware Information Guide and FAQThere is also an ongoing discussion in this topic: CTB Locker or DecryptAllFiles.txt Encrypting Ransomware Support & Discussion.If you have any questions it is best to post them in the discussion topic.To avoid confusion I have asked a Moderator to close this topic.Regards,Alex

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Somewhere along, the My Documents folder has gotten half way renamed.....

Here's what I mean.

On the desktop, it reads as My Documents

In the C:/ Drive, it's My Documents

When I open the folder, the title bar of the screen says n n cmm

In the Start Menu, it says n n cmm

If you're in the Desktop in Windows Explorer, on the left hand side under places, it's listed as n n cmm

When I go to the properties for any of these options, the file path is correct.

Is there anything I can do to get the n n cmm changed back to say My Documents?


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Hi all, hope someone could help me out. I'm new here and hope that efforts will be fruitful, so thank you in advance! so on to my problem:

I have an external 40gb 2.5" USB drive which I use to backup and store some movies and data. Recently I encountered a huge problem. Some of my folders containing documents were instantly renamed with weird characters, ASCII looking characters actually. I'm not sure if this is due to some malware, but I've read some posts that say that it is caused by some malware and have gone through the whole process of trying to remove it with no evident success. I cannot access these folders, and I really need the documents in those folders. When I click some of the folders it says "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect" and in other's it says that i should check if the drive or network is connected. However, most of my shows or movies that I store there are accessible. Only the essential documents and files seem to be blocked or inaccessible/unreadable.

So if someone knows a solution to this, could you please help me out. Thank you very much...

A:HELP! Folders renamed

Closing duplicate thread, please continue here: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/573980-laptop-hard-drive-problem.html#post4727649

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I was trying to clean up my drive letters because I have too many devices attached and sometimes get an error of no available drive letter when I use my jump drive.
Unfortunately, I did this late at night and did not pay enough attention to what I was doing. I thought I was renaming one of the other drives, but accidentally renamed c: to y:
Now, of course, Windows won't boot. I've tried restoring it to the last known good configuration, but that didn't work. I've also tried booting it up through Recovery Console on a CD - again nothing. Windows will just load to the beginning screen, then sit there.
My thought was to boot to a dos command prompt, then rename the hard drive back to c: Is this the best solution? And how do I boot to a command prompt. I don't get that option with F2, F8 or F12, or when using the restore CD.

A:Accidentally renamed c:

When in disk management, it wont allow you to rename that drive
c: ?

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I have an issue where certain executables are being renamed to *.exe~

at the moment it is 2 programs which I use a lot. One a game and the other a downloading app.

I am guessing I have a virus of some sort but cannot find it.

I ran a fulls can from AVG and nothing to do with these files

I installed Trial of Norton and the same

Can any one help?

I am new to this so please be nice
Hijackthis Log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 13:38:29, on 29/05/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\RaMaint.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\LogMeIn.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDO... Read more

A:Files being renamed to .EXE~

Hi, Welcome to TSG!!

You have two anti-virus programs running, which will cause trouble. Uninstall one of them.

Download SDFix and save it to your Desktop.

Double click SDFix.exe and it will extract the files to %systemdrive%
(Drive that contains the Windows Directory, typically C:\SDFix)

Please then reboot your computer in Safe Mode by doing the following :
Restart your computer
After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, tap the F8 key continually;
Instead of Windows loading as normal, the Advanced Options Menu should appear;
Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode, then press Enter.
Choose your usual account.

Open the extracted SDFix folder and double click RunThis.bat to start the script.
Type Y to begin the cleanup process.
It will remove any Trojan Services and Registry Entries that it finds then prompt you to press any key to Reboot.
Press any Key and it will restart the PC.
When the PC restarts the Fixtool will run again and complete the removal process then display Finished, press any key to end the script and load your desktop icons.
Once the desktop icons load the SDFix report will open on screen and also save into the SDFix folder as Report.txt
(Report.txt will also be copied to Clipboard ready for posting back on the forum).
Finally paste the contents of the Report.txt back on the forum with a new HijackThis log


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I have just downloaded the internet browser Opera and burned it on to CD...however when i went to open the file on the CD a message came up saying

"the installation had been renamed to OPERA.EXE. Please rename to some other name and restart the installation"

Any suggestions as to what I might do without waiting 1hr20 to download program again??

A:installation renamed???

load the file onto your HDD, and rename it to someting else (xopera.exe as an example).

It will be complaining because when it installs, it will create a file called "opera.exe" which cannot be done if the same named install file is in the same directory.

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Hi there,
I am trying to change my Drives names, either with the option one in this thread:
Drive - Rename

....and going to properties in disk management..

It does not work,..

What would be happening?
Thanks a lot

A:Drives cannot be renamed

hello ,so what error message do you get if you go to windows explorer and right click on the drive name and choose rename and type in the new name

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Ok im new to this guys and ive spent a bundle trying to fix this. so here it goes my cd rom drive is a samsung and this virus i got has renamed it a samsong and i cant boot into safemode and my a drive is gone. so can anyone help me with this? i just purchased stopzilla it found 1 trojan. and my computer still dont see my cd rom drive. Please help!!! i just bought a new hard drive if all else fails.

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Hello All,
When I insert a USB Flash Drive I normally see the device name show up in my file explorer (I use xplorer², but it happens with Windows File Explorer equally).
In the past, and despite naming the device through its Property's sheet, I'd occasionally get a flash drive without its user name, but with its Hardware ID, i.e., "Removable Disk (drv letter)". All I'd have to do is execute a "rename" command or rename it in its Property's sheet, and the device would keep its name in the future.
Recently, this has gotten much worse:
1. The external USB enclosed hard drive is now referred to as "Local Disk (drv letter)".
2. Only the Boot Drive (C:\) has retained its user name, so far.
3. No amount of renaming the drives, whether the external or any of my flash drives, results in the drive changing its designation back to the user-given name.
4. I've run SFC and on my main desktop computer the results are: found some corrupted files system, repair successful, while on the x60 ultrabook the results are: found some corrupted file system, but unable to correct them.
5. Following the 'unable to correct' system message, I did a complete uninstall and then using a good Refurbished System DVD, reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled Windows 7.
Prior to loading any programs I attempted to plug-in and then rename my local disk and a removable drive, both operations failed. In fact the only drive I can rename is my C:\ (boot drive), though when I look for the other drives at a '... Read more

A:USB Drives Can't Be Renamed

For one system only...please do the following.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

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I always keep my data on a separate disk to the OS, so i can restore / upgrade without impacting my data.
The issue i am seeing is
i have a number of users who all have their data on the d:\ drive in directories called
d:\user1s Documents
d:\user2s Documents
d:\user3s Documents

In the cmd prompt this still looks right, however in explorer all i now see is 3 sets of "My Documents" folders in the d:\ drive
The same applies to photos and music.
Where can i turn off this annoying behaviour with in windows 7 so i see the real locations? This behaviour appears to be a recent change

A:Directories renamed

Quote: Originally Posted by AndrewW

I always keep my data on a separate disk to the OS, so i can restore / upgrade without impacting my data.
The issue i am seeing is
i have a number of users who all have their data on the d:\ drive in directories called
d:\user1s Documents
d:\user2s Documents
d:\user3s Documents

In the cmd prompt this still looks right, however in explorer all i now see is 3 sets of "My Documents" folders in the d:\ drive
The same applies to photos and music.
Where can i turn off this annoying behaviour with in windows 7 so i see the real locations? This behaviour appears to be a recent change

I'm not too sure of how to turn the behaviour off, because this is condired to be a "feature" of the whole virtual folder solution. For example, I redirected "My Documents" to point to "F:\Documents", but when I go to F:, I see "My Documents".

The folder name hasn't changed, it's just displayed that way.

One solution that you can try is to create 3 folders:D:\User 1
D:\User 2
D:\User 3
And then in each, create a "Documents" folder (or "Pictures", "Videos", etc...):D:\User 1\Documents
D:\User 2\Documents
D:\User 3\Documents
And then redirect the "My Documents" folder for each user into the relevant location.

I'd also recommend creating each "User X" folder from within the relevant user profile, so that pe... Read more

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My system runs XP off a 250gb SATA drive, and I recently put in an old IDE to see what was on it.

It turned out an old XP install was on it, and then my system said, "You've installed new hardware, you must reboot... blahblahblah". When I did, I noticed that there were svc errors everywhere, and the system was slow, so I took the IDE out of the system.

I booted back up and tried to login, and it logged me out again straight away, so I goggled that and tried a few things, but then I noticed that after booting with the old drive back in there, that the new C drive was the IDE and the SATA was D, but the system was definetly booting off the SATA.

Somehow/why/wtf windows has decided to be D drive and not change all the registry settings to compensate for it.

Repair install didn't help me, loading hives and changing d: to c: via BartPE didn't help me...

Is there anything that I could('ve) do(ne), as I've currently ghosted to a spare drive and re-installing now just incase there is no hope??

Thanks all,

A:windows renamed c to d

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I used a system restore point.After it finished,it said that WINDOWS had renamed some files and folders and to view these changed names "Click Here".Well I viewed them,6or7inall.No harm.My question is this,...If i ever need to run 'System Restore' again,is there something a person can do to keep XP Home Edition from renaming files? Sincerly,XP Home Edition,Dell 3000,..thank you.

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:30:38 PM, on 10/10/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP3 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
f:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
f:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
d:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
d:\Program Files\Safekeeper\LiteClient.exe
C:\Program Files\Pure Networks\Network Magic\nmsrvc.exe
f:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
f:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
D:\Program Files\Safekeeper\LiteClientAM.exe
D:\Program Files\Safekeeper\AMMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Pure Networks\Network Magic\nmapp.exe
D:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exe
D:\program files\Hewlett-Packard\hp officejet v series\bin\hpodev07.exe
D:\pr... Read more

A:Renamed hijack log

spike1965, perhaps you lost your way.

Your thread is here:


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I have renamed my PC but the original name - DESKTOP-U6BM90V - still appears in e.g. OneDrive under PC's and Nero Media Home. I have attached a screenshot where you can see that I've changed the computers name and a sceenshot from OneDrive where you see how the original name is displayed.   

A:Renamed PC - new name doesn't appear

>>> still appears in e.g. OneDrive under PC's and Nero Media Home.Hi, One Drive and Media Home are products from Microsoft and Nero. Please try 1.   https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/forum/odwork-odfiles/onedrive-adds-computer-name-in-fil... 2.  http://ftp6.nero.com/user_guides/mediahome/NeroMediaHome_Eng.pdf Regards. 

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In my user folder, I think I right-clicked the Favorites folder and changed the location to C:\ in an attempt to get rid of it. Now it seems my C:\Windows folder has renamed itself to Favorites.

I've tried following the How to Restore the Default Location of Windows 7 User Folders guide but it didn't work. Any help would be appreciated!


A:Renamed C:\Windows

Remove desktop.ini from the folder (Favorite) and restart. see what that does.

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I accidentally renamed a .CBR file a .ZIP. Naturally enough my computer changed the File image to a zipped one .ZIP disappeared from the file name.
How do I change the File back to .CBR ??
(When I right click and go to rename I end up with a .CBR but the computer seems to thinks its part of regular name XXX.CBR.ZIP

(Windows XP)

Any Help would be appreciated!

A:A Renamed File

In any folder click tools, folder options, and on the view tab uncheck the 'hide file extensions for known types' box. This will show complete file name. Now rename in the usual way and go back and re-check that box when you're done.

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Just bought a 500 gb WD Passport external drive. Backed up my netbook (Win XP) files, then moved to my desktop (also XP). On my desktop some folders on my Passport have been renamed, such as from Documents to Documents.exe and from Music to Music.exe.

I've scanned for viruses, but nothing has come up on either computer or on the hard drive. I'm able to correct the folder names, but I'm afraid there's something else going on. Thanks in advance!

A:Folders renamed to .exe files

How did you back up?

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I am running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit. I have some avi files with messy names, so I renamed them to something more manageable. No problem, when I play them in windows media player it shows the new name in the list pane (on the right). The problem happens when I move the files (before renaming) to a shared folder for streaming to my ps3/xbox 360. Once they have been put in that folder it's like there is some sort of memory on the original file name. I can rename the file to whatever I want, and that name stays, but then when I play it in windows media player or on the ps3/xbox 360 it shows the original (messy) file name. The only solution I have been able to find is to rename the files first, and then drop them into my shared folder. Once they are in the shared folder it is the point of no return and the name they have is the name they keep. I have tried "abcAVI Tag Editor" and that is showing the file name as the title name. So the original file name doesn't appear to be trapped in the tag. I tried moving the files out of the shared folder then renaming.. it worked until I put them back in the shared folder, then it's back to the original name. Do I just need to refresh the shared folder somehow? Any help would be great. Please and thank you.

A:Renamed avi file keeps showing old name

Right-click on the folder that has the files you're sharing and select properties
Click on the sharing tab and click on Advanced Sharing
Click on the Permissions tab and make your selections there

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I recently did a clean install of XP, plugged in my SimpleTech 500GB external hard drive, and my WD Passport, and had trouble getting them to be recognized by my laptop. They then went haywire and I got error messages from both saying they were not formatted, etc. I restarted, installed some more drivers for the hardware in my laptop (including plug and play, the proper version for my chipset), and they finally worked. However, all the folders that were on the disks were renamed, such that a folder named "videos" was renamed "videos.exe", and the original folders were "hidden". I can successfully delete the .exe files, "unhide" the folders and they work fine. But is this something I should be concerned with? Should I backup my files and reformat?

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Hello, I have been having problems with the Google redirect virus. I have a 32-bit Windows Vista operating system and have been unable to get TDSSkiller to run. I downloaded it and renamed it to a name ending with the .com extension but it still won?t run. When I click on it, I get asked if I want to run it, click ?Run?, and nothing happens. Any help in solving this problem would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:TDSSKiller not running even after being renamed

launch TDSSkiller and post the logDownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here.If you get crashes in normal mode,run it in safemode with networkingDownloadESET online scannerInstall itClick on START,it should download the virus definitionsWhen scan gets completed,click on LIST of found threatsExport the list to desktop,copy the contents of the text file in your reply

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For the second time now I renamed a folder and it vanished completely. To do the rename I clicked on the parent directory in the left pane of Windows Explorer then renamed the folder in the right pane.

After it vanished I did a refresh, ran CHKDSK (after reboot) etc. but it did not find it.

The strange thing is if I run a DOS command prompt and do a DIR it is still there (under the old name). I can read the contents and copy them elsewhere, but no matter what I do the folder does not show up in Windows Explorer, either under the new or the old name.

The old folder was called Public Building and I simply tried to rename it to Public Buildings.

I am running Vista Home Premium.

Did some more searching. This gets very murky!

As an experiment I tried creating a new folder via Windows Explorer called Public Buildings. It worked. I then tried to create a new folder called Public Building. It came up with an error saying a folder called Pictures already exists. Do you want to merge it or something.

I checked the directory listing again and sure enough, there is a folder sitting there called Pictures and it is my old "Public Building" folder.

That triggered the old brain cells. Some time ago I changed the default My Pictures folder via Regedit to be that Public Buildings folder above, using the registry hack documented at http://www.justanswer.com/computer/2...g-default.html

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A:Renamed Folder Disappears

That triggered the old brain cells. Some time ago I changed the default My Pictures folder via Regedit to be that Public Buildings folder above, using the registry hack documented at http://www.justanswer.com/computer/2...g-default.html

ie. I changed the My Pictures value in HKeyCurrentUser\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
to that directory.

So there is obviously something that does not like that folder being renamed, or gets confused and makes the new name "Pictures" instead of what I tried to use. Is it a bug in Vista or a "design feature"?

You shouldn't change the registry unless you know what your doing.

Have you tried changing the reg back?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8122 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 478823 MB, Free - 360054 MB; M: Total - 463041 MB, Free - 447309 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, B75MA-E33 (MS-7808)
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus, Updated and Enabled

I have a folder named Addresses and Tel Numbers in Windows Explorer/Word on Windows 7. Trying to access it I found it has been renamed $Recycle Bin. When I open it it says it is empty but when I tried to delete it it began deleting my addresses. It appears to have added the address folder to the Recycle Bin as there are a lot of other files in there that are not addresses. Can you advise how to get my Address File back - but more importantly how this has occurred. I can find the addresses elsewhere but do not understand how this has happened.

Thanks for any advice.

A:File renamed $Recycle Bin

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Hi, I had a folder named "167". I changed it to "167..." to remind myself there were other folders between that number and the next that I still needed to collect. When I off-clicked into the window after renaming it the folder disappeared. I used the search bar and visually searched through the folder, both with show hidden folders on, but without success. Any information on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

A:Folder renamed and vanished

I don't believe using extra periods is the proper way of changing the name of a folder. Other than just doing a search folder and going through all of them I don't know of a way of finding that folder.

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I have a folder called Google Sketchup which contains numerous Sketchup models representing about 20,000 hours of work. It is on a USB drive (H) in the root directory. I have backed it up but a long time ago.

I edit it regularly and I got tired of scrolling down to "G" so I clicked on the H drive in Windows Explorer on the left then on the right pane I renamed it to 1Google Earth. The folder vanished completely. I therefore clicked Edit/Undo Rename. It is still gone. I did a search for "Google Sketchup" and it is not found. HELP!

I know that sometimes when I have done similar things in the past the file or folder is still there but just does not show up. I am not game to do anything that might risk losing it altogether as it is my entire life at present.

I am on Vista Home Premium.

A:Renamed Folder has Vanished

Can you please be a bit more explicit. Never heard of it sorry.

PS. I rebooted and the folder still did not show up.

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I have no idea what's going on. I noticed the problem when shortcut icons to some programs stopped displaying correctly. Then I found out that these programs were renamed at least exe and dll files, the remaining files were deleted.
The problem affected one drive partially. Mainly program files and program files x86 folders, and only first half of the applications there. At the moment it seems to have stopped spreading.
I cut off the internet and closed all the programs that used disc, including explorer. I am on Windows 8.1.
Here's the picture of how the affected programs look like.
I'm not certain if it's a virus or some malfunction.
There are three unusual things that happened today:
1. Windows prompt me to install 10 with a new message and after not bothering me for weeks.
2. Wps office update notification appeared. First time and I haven't used it twice. I closed it.
3. Chrome had weird error. No new tabs could be opened and it suggested I should free memory up by closing tabs. There were enough memory BTW. I closed it and couldn't restart, the shortcut icon got broken, it was affected. Had to reinstall.
First thought was that all this mess was caused by Chrome auto update went wrong. It doesn't convince me though.
Update 1.
I think something just wanted to delete all the files. The files that couldn't be deleted, because they were in use ("locked") were renamed. The rename pattern seems to consist of constant _d_ and some hash, which is proba... Read more

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I was using XP on a 20GB (fat32) and my computer crashed. To make a long story short I bought a new drive. Now I?m using XP on a 80 GB drive (NTFS) I was using a 10 GB drive (fat32) as a backup drive to my 20 GB drive. How can I recover or access these files on this drive? Please take into consideration of my limited knowledge of computers and operating systems when answering my post. I hope this picture is readable.

A:The Computer Renamed All My Files

Try this data recovery tool:http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htmThe D: drive you show is the 10GB backup drive, is that right? The File Allocation Table looks to be corrupted and it may not be a simple task to access your data.What does Disk Management say about the drive? Control Panel>'Administrative Tools'>'Computer Management'>'Disk Management'

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My Hard drive has been renamed PC-cillion - When I try to open my hard drive up comes PC-cillion wanting to do a scan, How do I renamed my hard drive back to C ?? I have windows 98 second edition. Also would a virus rename my hard drive ?? I thought PC-cillion was better than it is, any help would be greatly appeciated Thanks


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I am using windows 7 professional 32bit. I have my pendrive named 'jerry' . when i connect any pendrive to my computer it gets renamed automatically to 'JERRY'. I dont know why this happens ..Can anyone suggest me a solution ?

A:Pendrive getting renamed automatically

Windows is probably getting "confused"

I would try this first.

Unplug the AC adapter from your laptop.

Remove the battery pack.

Press the power button for a few seconds to discharge anything that remains charged.

Wait a few minutes, connect the battery pack, ac adapter and then boot your laptop

If that didn't resolve the problem,

Try drive cleanup. USB drive or flash problems? How to cleanup and remove old USB storage drivers - TechSpot OpenBoards

After the drive/r cleanup, each time you plug in a new USB device the driver will be installed afresh. Give them a distinct Volume Label and then check whether it sticks when you unplug and replug them.

If this also does not fix the problem then ........ I have to scratch my head further.

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I had something get on my external hard rive and renamed some files. They look like Chinese symbols. And lock me out of others. These are photo files, RAW files , Photoshop files and some Jpgs.
I have attached the hijack this file

A:files renamed with symbols

Hello and welcome...Please go here....Preparation Guide ,do steps 6 - 9.Create a DDS log and post it in the new topic explained in step 9,which is here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs and not in this topic,thanks.If Gmer won't run,skip it and move on.Also copi/paste your HJT log there.Let me know if that went well.

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Is there any such thing as renaming that start button to something else? and if so, how?

A:Start button being renamed?

Start Menu Text

yes, there is a way too change the start button text by altering the registry.
There is however a few problems. You can only use up to 5 digits and you have to deal with the regitry. Anyway the following link will give you all the information you need to change the text on the start menu.


Look down the list of tweaks until you reach one that says "change text on start menu."


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I recently got hit by a malware wherein all my .jpegs, .docs, .xls, .psds  got a .LOCKED extension. I searched online for a long time and found out that Dr.Web had a free utility to decrypt these files.
So I first ran Windows Safety Scanner. This found 3 threats, 2 of which it removed. Then I tried to run the the Dr.Web utility. I had sent the same file versions in my email, so I had the original versions. But the Dr.Web utility shows me an error saying the files (the old and the new encrypted file) don't match. I need to get my files back soon, as I have a final presentation coming up.
Does anyone know of a way I can decrypt my files? 
If there is no other option, I would even consider doing a clean wipe of my OS, and if necessary my whole system (Since I have backups for most of my files). Would that solve my problem?

A:Files renamed to .LOCKED

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I just used Win 7 Backup on my Gateway FX6831 PC to create a second backup, and the backup it created on my external 1TB WD drive had a name of WIN PH.....CDVR, which has become my new computer name on my network. Why would this happen, can I undo it, and how do I prevent it for future backups. My original backup shows up under my original name - Tom-PC. Now since the new backup, which didn't overwrite the previous, this new name is on the network, so associations and sharing from other PC's are all screwed up. Can I get this back to the simple Tom-PC name? The PC now shows a User Profile for the WIN PH.... CDVR name as well.

Can I just delete those two backups, start with a clean external drive (which is now 99% full) and start fresh? My main concern is getting my original PC name back. I tried a system restore but no luck. Thanks for any help.

A:Win 7 Backup Renamed my Computer

Have a look at this
Computer Name - View and Change

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I have an external hard drive that was named Local Disk (I), now out of the blue it is named Local Disk (K), I tried to rename it back to I but it won't allow me to do it.
I have no idea how it happened or when it happened, but when I use my Adobe Lightroom it has been storing my images in the I drive but now is storing the catalog data in the K, any software that was referencing the "I" drive is now telling me it cannot find the files because now it is "K" drive.
Is there a way to change the drive name back to Local Disk (I) ?
or does anyone in here that uses Lightroom know how to redirect where it looks for the photos?

A:Help! Disc Drive got Renamed Without Me Doing It!

It wasn't renamed; the drive letter was changed. At some point another removable media device was installed and used drive letter I, and now your external drive is using K. It is easy to change drive letters - just use drive management.

Change, add, or remove a drive letter

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I recently had a virus on my computer and decided to just reinstall the OS from top as I didnt have anything vitally important anymore. My C: drive was renamed to "Alcatel PC Suite" which is the name of the software I have for my cell phone.

When I right click to rename it, I can type a new name in, I can click ok, it asks for permission and I can also click ok. Im an admin and the only user for the newly installed OS. After I give it permission, it still says the old name in My Computer.

However when I go to properties of my C: drive, under the general tab, it has the new name listed.


A:C: Drive renamed, cant rename it to anything else.

It may not solve the problem, but it's worth a try.
Take Ownership Shortcut

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Gator renamed to ''Claria''
Following the recent news of the compagny behind Gator suing everyone that called their product spyware(latest PC Pitstop), they have decided to change the name of Gator entirely. The name is now Claria, so be on the lookout for this piece of nasty software.

This is probably a step to mask the software further as Gator was becoming a rather well known advertisement product, and a increasing amount of people were taking steps against it. You'll find a nice overview of gator history and the article on Cnet

Maybe you find it interesting what kind if informations Gator aka Clara is collecting, so read more. I found the following informations in their privacy policy, which is not easy to find on their website:
Some of the Web pages viewed
The amount of time spent at some Web sites Response to GAIN Ads
Standard web log information (excluding IP Addresses) and system settings
What software is on the personal computer
First name, country, city, and five digit ZIP code
Non-personally identifiable information on Web pages and forms
Software usage characteristics and preferences

A:Gator renamed to ''Claria'' !!

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Well I done did it this time! I thought I done did it When I broke the pins on my old processor but I think Ive just topped myself in computer destruction.

I renamed my inf folder now my computer wont load windows not even in safe mode. There is a forced repair option which I tried but it wont stop repairing even after hours and hours... Is there any hope or have I just turned my computer into a door stop?

Help! Thanks!

A:C:\windows\inf folder renamed

If you have a Vista DVD put that in and boot off of that. You will get the option to "Repair my PC" then it will try and fix it on it's own, or give the option to do a System Restore or finally the Repair Console one of the options should work for you.

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The screen on my laptop fluttered a little bit while I was in Internet Explorer. It was only a second, and it seemed to affect nothing - all the tabs I had open were still working. But then I noticed that Internet Explorer was no longer pinned to my taskbar. The three tabs I'd been using were still viewable, but the taskbar icon was gone.

Then I hovered the mouse over what was now the first icon on the taskbar - Google Chrome. It now showed me the 3 tabs I had open in IE11. The second icon had the appearance of Windows Explorer, but hovering the mouse showed Chrome. Icon 3 appears to be Word, but the text shows Windows Explorer. And it continues down the line. Icon 4 shows utorrent, but reads Word. Icon 5 shows taskmgr but reads utorrent.

I rebooted the laptop. Nothing changed. I unpinned everything from the taskbar and tried repining. When I re-pinned Chrome, the icon showed as Windows Explorer, etc, etc.

I then successfully restored the laptop to earlier today, well before this occurred. No change. The desktop icons for Chrome and IE and Word are all visually correct, and are functional.

A:Taskbar Icons Renamed

Maybe these to reset procedures will help:

Taskbar Pinned Items - Reset and Clear in Windows 7

Jump Lists - Reset and Clear All Items

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