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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Virus attack? (windows 7)on home desktop and attached portable hard drives. All my video and music files on all drives have been renamed with prefix "locked" and a random extension to all my files so the type is now a different set of random 4 letters for each file. They are therefore unreadable and un uploadable by utorrent

any ideas on how to be
a)make sure my computer is secure (my son ran a clean up - new files are now unaffected it seems)
b)get my files readable?

Will I have to manually change each precious file (if so -how?) my family home movies of the years are all affected! I had them backed up but the mobile hard drive with the backups is affected too.


A:renamed with prefix "locked"

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.

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After a Windows 2000 Professional failure, following Dell's instructions
for recovery, I did a repair/reinstall of OS from their recovery
CD. Computer had 1 large hard drive with 4 partitions created with
Partition Magic 7.0.

Reinstall renamed all the drives - but two of the drives were renamed
"unavailable network drives". They still have their assigned letters,
and they still show up on My Computer, but they are inaccessible.

When Windows starts, it tries to connect to these network drives,
then gives me an error message and asks if I want to continue trying
to connect. Partition Magic does not show these drives at all.

How do I regain access?

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Our PC changed drive letters for some strange reason, then none of our boys' programs would run as it would look for the c: drive which for some reason was now the D: drive. Had a supposed knowledgeable person over yesterday to try to remedy this problem and he renamed the drives in regedit. Now it doesn't get past a black screen. The lights on the box come on and it goes to the CD drive, goes to the floppy drive, but then winds down and the monitor never turns on. Please tell me this is an easy fix as I have no money to fix this right now! He wants to come bcak tonight to try to remedy this new problem, but would rather not let him at it again. I am some what knowledgeable myself with computers, and tried the Win XP CD to see if it would load- to no avail.

A:Xp Pro Will Not Boot After Drives Renamed

Hi .On the black screen, did it contain the blinking cursor in the upper left corner?Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503 Louis

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I thought I was on to something following the instructions in this thread

New icon appears on Taskbar

to eliminate the second iTunes icon that opens on the taskbar but then I realized doing so leaves me with the icon labeled "iTunes(2)". Is there a way to rename it?

A:Can icon in taskbar be renamed?

if you can find itunes (2) in the start menu right clicking it should give you the option to rename.
failing that you could uninstall itunes and reinstall it with the new updates and you will only have one entry.

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I'd like to work with some files I have in IE's temp (cached) folder, which seems to be of a non-standard style folder.

C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

The temp files are listed by columns name , internet address , type , and date and size values.

I want to use the files (images) with the actual filename listed in the name column, but if I drag one out of the special temp internet file folder,say, on to the desktop, it takes on a name that is a very large character string.

any tips?


A:IE 7 temp files get renamed

yes you click on the item which you select to download. it will open it in the IE ant then save it.

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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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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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Awhile back, I set a customized "my documents" folder on a friend's laptop (Win XP Home, sp2), since C: was getting overly full. Recently there was some trouble with the system shutting down, a prefetch error, and the disappearance of documents and photos. Those issues seem to have been resolved, but it looks like at some point the profile directory was renamed from user to something like user-ComputerBrand-2a4ca3... There was also an extensionless file in that directory with the name user, containing what looked like gibberish. Not sure if this has or will cause application trouble, but I left that as is and have returned the laptop for now. Any ideas as to what may have cause this change? And could the 'user' file be a sort of pointer (system-level or otherwise) to the customized documents directory/should it be the same name as the profile folder? Thanks.

A:Renamed Profile Directory?

Okay, quick follow-up after talking more with friend. I'm thinking the original profile was corrupted or deleted (address book is missing and Outlook Express lost it's custom folder setting etc.), and presumably Windows generated a new one with the 'user.ComputerBrand-2a4ca3' folder name(?). While leaving what appears to be a sort of template file with the original profile name. I wonder if a system restore would help at this point...

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When i rename or add to a folder from another PC (Also Vista Ultimate x64) through my home network to my storage pc it disappears

I can see this folder renamed on the storage pc. If i change it back to what it was before it pops back on the other pc.

If i rename the folder with any old name from the storage pc it comes up on the other pc.

Ive just done a re-install of ultimate x64 on my storage pc in which the files im trying to update or rename. It was all working fine before i did a re-install.

Any ideas why?

A:Renamed folders go missing

Would it have anything to do with permissions?

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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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I need help recovering old file names. I used file renamer to batch rename files. I selected more files than I meant to and it converted them all into new named and now they all end in TXT. Please help, i have no Idea how to recover the names. I am currently running WINXP home. It ws file renamer from sherrodcomputers.com

The logfile is attached, if somebody has the pro version they may be able to reverse it for me or write a quick batch file for it.
thank you so much,

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I just installed SP3 via the Windows website. My PC gets to the splash screen and reboots. It won't load the OS, nor will it boot in any other mode. I believe I have found the problem, but don't know of any fix. After building this PC, AMD dual core, and updating with various Windows updates I ran into problems and needed to rename my "C" drive. I named it "F" and use it for the OS and all programs. Since then it's been running fine. I also have 3 other drives, 1 for paging files, and 2 data drives.

During the update process SP3 mysteriously renamed my "F" drive to "C". Now I beleive when it boots the files are mostly all erroneously named, can't find what it needs to and reboots. I guess while examining of all my files SP3 failed to notice they'll all on my "F" drive and assumes everybody uses a "C" drive for the OS.

The "rename" command in recovery console allows you to rename a single file. Also in recovery console and during the install Windows from my XP CD there is no "F" drive only "C". (Yes it does see the other 3 drives.) My feeling is if I reinstall XP pro from the CD over the SP3 on the "C" drive I will run into program funtionality problems with all of my other programs since all of their files reside on (previous) "F" drive.

I can also remove the HD and access it via another PC, but am unaware of any programs that will help to ... Read more

A:XP SP3 help needed, renamed drive

May I stress that I do not have the CERTAIN correct answer to this.
As I understand the situation - SP3 - if it only sees ONE Windows installation will ONLY install to that installation. If however there was already some exisitng problem with the drive allocation letters, then I suspect, as you say that this is what has occurred.

It seems to me that when you had problems earlier BEFORE the SP3 download and changed your drive letters - you created the problem. Many registry entries were already referenced to C drive and simply changing that to F drive - which presumably you had to do using partition-magic or some similar tool, did NOT change all the registry entries, albeit it may have allowed you to change the drive letter.

As I see the situation you will either have to remove SP3 using Recovery Console as per here.

I MUST STRESS that I do NOT know if this will be successful.

OR do a system restore using recovery console as per here.

See post 2 please by Mumbodog - acknowledgement to that post

IF IT WAS ME I would back up everything possible either by taking out the hard drive etc or using Puppy Linux.
May I again stress that I offer the solutions ONLY as to what I would do. I do not have knowledge of the problem in the situation you describe - ie: after the SP3 update and with the original confusion.

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I am using XP SP1 and am fully up to date in terms of windows update, anti virus and zone alarm. Since my return from holiday late last week have had two issues with OE6 which was working fine before I left:

1. All file attachments received are being renamed to lose any spaces: example: a word doc sent from work called "notes for home" will appear as "notesforhome". Also if I then try to save this attachment locally it is being saved as type 'file' when it used to save as type 'word doc' and I have to open the file rename it and save it again to get it as a word doc. This is happening to all attached files regardless of the sender.

2. At the same time [but not sure if this is a connected or separate issue]: I do some work for a charitable organsisation including sending a weekly word doc attachment as a news email to a small list of members using a membership database which has not been upgraded or amended in any way whilst I have been away. This was also working fine before I went but now when I try to send this block email I am getting an error message as follows: 'An error occured while trying to send. Details 451 system unable to respond at this time, please try later'. I have tried this several times over last few days each time with same message appearing .....but I am able to send out individual emails with attachments at any time.

The only things I can think of that might have changed since I got back are:
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A:OE attachments renamed + error 451

Latest IE6 update turned on tools-options-security 'warn me if someone tries to send email as me'. Turned this off and works fine.
I cannot see how you close a thread so can someone tell me how

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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 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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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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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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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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I'm trying to set up some accounts on my XP Pro SP3 system. I have some accounts set up, but wanted to change some names. I know that if I change an account name, the directory name stays the same, and I didn't want to get confused later on if I was ever doing some stuff on a directory level.

I used this page to copy the settings from my account (named "Main") to a new account named "Admin". I had problems getting access to the folder while in the 3rd account, so followed these instructions to gain access. Once I got it copied, I loaded Admin and found it looked exactly like Main, which is what I wanted.

But then, I went back into Main and everything was gone. XP was acting as if it was a brand new account. In Documents and Settings, I found there were now TWO Main accounts. "Main" and "Main.DARKSIDE" (DARKSIDE is the "full computer name" found in System Properties). I can tell by the directory sizes that Main is the fresh, new account I see in my account list and Main.DARKSIDE appears to be my original Main account (being over 6GB in size), which is now absent from the list of available accounts.

I am not sure how my Main got renamed to Main.DARKSIDE. How do I get things set back so that I get my original Main back appearing in the account list? How do I access Main.DARKSIDE again?


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ok guys so i have videos on my laptop and i renamed one of them, i renamed all of them before so this is the first time this has happened, anyway now it doesn't auto play i use VLC media player to play my movies (.avi) on all of them. now after rename i have to manualy click what application to play the file. the option at the bottom that says use this program for all video files or somthing like that is grayed out so im a bit stumped.

Vista 32bit Home Premium 2GB ram 2x 1.83 Ghz

thanks in advance

A:Renamed Video now no autoplay?

Originally Posted by lewismc

ok guys so i have videos on my laptop and i renamed one of them, i renamed all of them before so this is the first time this has happened, anyway now it doesn't auto play i use VLC media player to play my movies (.avi) on all of them. now after rename i have to manualy click what application to play the file. the option at the bottom that says use this program for all video files or somthing like that is grayed out so im a bit stumped.

Vista 32bit Home Premium 2GB ram 2x 1.83 Ghz

thanks in advance

note admin please delete thread have fixed problem i just needed to add the tag .avi to end of file name

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Hi, We recently purchased a used computer with a fresh install of 7 Enterprise. The user accounts ready to use were the Admin created on install, the Guest & the built-in administrator (which is not active).

I renamed the Admin user, but the document folders still say Admin - the new name I gave it isn't showing up. So I went into Local Users & Groups, & the Admin still shows Admin as the name with the new name I gave it as the Full Name.

Can I change the main Admin name? I tried it & then tried to open Windows Explorer & got an error saying "No mapping between account names and security IDs was done." - so I renamed it back to Admin & the error is gone.

But I need the name to match what I'm trying to give it for our network purposes, allowing this computer access on others, etc.

A:Renamed Admin account...

Hello AAAHome,

If this is the built-in Administrator account, then the tutorial below can help show you how to rename it.

Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name

If this is the default administrator account that is setup during the installation of Windows 7, then you will not be able to change the C:\Users\(user-name) folder name. Instead, as you found out, you can only change the name for the user account for how it appears in the log on screen and Start Menu. The user accout will then have both names associated to the account. The only option for this it to create a new administrator account with the name you want, that's not already associated with any other user account, copy your files over, then delete the old account from within the new one.

Hope this helps,

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