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Strange files in Recent Files list. Files have Chinese names and zero byte size.

Q: Strange files in Recent Files list. Files have Chinese names and zero byte size.

Good morning Bleeping Computer community,
I have the strangest thing happening in my Recent Files list on my Windows 10 computer.  Files with a ZERO byte size, NO create date, NO modify date and with name in Chinese characters appear in the Recent Files list.  This is the third time in 2 weeks I have noticed a batch of such files.  Below, I will paste in the file names that appear.  I tried copying the names into Google Translate, but that did not provide anything I understood.
These files do NOT exist if I browse to my desktop.  They are not it the Recycle Bin either.  I have unchecked all the HIDE options for File Explorer.
OS: Windows 10 Home
AV: Avast (purchased)
Make: Lenovo
What I have done so far:
1) Scan with Avast.  Nothing
2) Scan with Malware Bytes:  A few PUP that I removed.
Since those actions, the most recent batch of them appeared.  It seems a few repeat and here are the file names...
1) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴畊汥⁺敖瑮牵⁡湡⁤楍慣⁨潍牯履畊汥⁺敖瑮牵⁡湡⁤楍慣⁨潍牯⹥癡⹩灪g㈀䴰潯敲愮楶樮杰
2) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴畊汥⁺敖瑮牵⁡湡⁤楍慣⁨潍牯履畊汥⁺敖瑮牵⁡湡⁤楍慣⁨潍牯⹥癡i挀桡㈥䴰潯敲愮楶
3) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴慊浳湩⁥牁扡慩ⴠ䔠灸楬楣整䄭瑲挮浯嬠硅牴浥吠楲嵯孜硅汰捩瑩ⵥ牁嵴慊浳湩䅥慲楢ⵡ硅牴浥牔潩㈭ㄮ〱ㄵ⸴潭v吀楲ⵯ⸲ㄱ㔰㐱洮癯
4) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴睇湥䴠摥慩ⴠ匠敷瑥匠牵敲摮牥獜牣敥彮⸶灪g渀㙟樮杰
5) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴慇杮慢杮摥䈠⁹牔湡獳硥慵獬㌠䝜䉂㍔匠散敮㌠愮楶
6) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴慇杮慢杮摥䈠⁹牔湡獳硥慵獬㌠䝜䉂㍔匠散敮㈠愮楶
7) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴慇杮慢杮摥䈠⁹牔湡獳硥慵獬㌠䝜䉂㍔匠散敮ㄠ愮楶
8) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴癅汩倠湩⹫⸲䑛䑖䥒嵐䕜楶楐歮㈮嬮噄剄偉孝敌扳慩嵮倨牯潮楒⹰敮⥴䍛㉄⹝癡i瀀渮瑥┩䈵䑃┲䐵愮楶
9) 楶楐歮㈮嬮噄剄偉孝敌扳慩嵮倨牯潮楒⹰敮⥴䍛ㅄ⹝癡i瀀渮瑥┩䈵䑃┱䐵愮楶
10) 㩅瑜牯敲瑮灜屴癅汩倠湩⹫⸲䑛䑖䥒嵐䕜楶楐歮㈮嬮噄剄偉孝敌扳慩嵮倨牯潮楒⹰敮⥴䍛ㅄ⹝癡i瀀渮瑥┩䈵䑃┱䐵愮楶저ᅦ≠㗺ៀ謀䔯⼺潴牲湥⽴瑰䔯楶╬〲楐歮㈮┮䈵噄剄偉㔥⽄癅汩㈥倰湩⹫⸲㔥䑂䑖䥒═䐵㔥䱂獥楢湡㔥⡄潐湲副灩渮瑥┩䈵䑃┱䐵愮楶￟≳㗉ᣥ蠀ർ
Am I infected?
Thank you!

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A: Strange files in Recent Files list. Files have Chinese names and zero byte size.

Welcome to BC !
Try the programs below to see if they can find what is causing this.
Use CCleaner to remove Temporary files, program caches, cookies, logs, etc. Use the Default settings. No need to use the
Registry Cleaning Tool...risky. Pay close attention while installing and UNcheck offers of toolbars....especially Google.
After install, open CCleaner and run by clicking on the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.
CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download
Download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.
Close all open programs and internet browsers.
Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
Click on Scan button.
When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.
download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
The tool will open and start scanning your system.
Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next message
Download Emsisoft Emergency Kit and save it to your desktop. Double click on EmsisoftEmergencyKit.exe to extract its contents and create a shortcut on the desktop. Leave all settings as they are and click  Accept & Extract. A folder named EEK will be created in the root of the drive (usually c:\). .
After extraction an Emsisoft Emergency Kit window will open. Under "Run Directly:" click Emergency Kit Scanner.
When asked to run an online update, click Yes.
When the update is finished, click the Back to Security Status link in the left corner. On the main screen click the Scan Now button.
Select the malware scan option and click the SCAN button.
When the scan is finished click the Quarantine selected objects button. Note, this option is only available if malicious objects were detected during the scan.
Click the View Report button and in the Reports window double-click on the most recent log. Note, logs are named as follows: a2scan_<date>-<time>.txt.
Copy/paste the report contents in your next reply.

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A:Strange files showing up in my recent files that appear to in chinese.

Welcome to BC....
Best to run some scans if you suspect malware or adware.
Download and install the free version of MalwarebytesNote: If you have Malwarebytes already installed, you don't need to install it again. Simply start from the next bullet point
Once Malwarebytes is installed, launch it and let it update its database. You might have to click on the little arrow by Scan Status in the middle right pane for it to do so
Once the database update is complete, click on the Scan tab, then select the Threat Scan button and click on Start Scan
Let the scan run, the time required to complete the scan depends of your system and computer specs
Once the scan is complete, make sure that the first checkbox at the top is checked (which will automatically check every detected item), then click on the Quarantine Selected button
If it asks you to restart your computer to complete the removal, do so

Click on Export Summary after the deletion (in the bottom-left corner) and select Copy to Clipboard. Paste the content in your next reply
If you are unable to run a scan using MBAM:
Follow the instructions in the thread below. Make sure to download the MBAR linked in it. Let me know if you're not able to launch it and run a scan.https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/198907-requested-resource-is-in-use-error-unable-to-start-malwarebytes/
Download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop. (compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10)
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The files are often in a folder with a more than 20 files but not an excessive number of files. Less than 200 files often.

I am currently running a chkdsk on this partition and it seems that is deleting these entries. It is not done so I can't say for certain.

Please let me know what would cause this problem. I also noticed that in one folder, some of the files names resemble the folder path associated with this job. Ie, there are corrupted files that are named:


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I use symbolic hardlinks on my system but I do not know if the following has any bearing on the issue with the software I am using.

The software is a plugin that works within a host digital audio workstation software (Steinberg Cubase and plugin Soundtoys V5) and uses presets for different settings.

All software is legit and registered. I have contacted the developer regarding the issue with no resolve so trying here as the issue may largely be to do with windows.

The associate plugin has been installed with admin permissions and the host DAW software is run with full administrative rights. I have double checked that there are no hardlink main or subfolders used in the installation path for the plugin software.

All other 3rd party plugins work fine when saving presets and using symbolic links of which there's about 60+ 3rd party plugins installed using the main host system, however this particular software is not saving correctly.

It will save the preset name as a zero byte file and reports unable to save at location.

All other plugins work fine even when using symbolic links when saving preset data.

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when i do it manualy it prompt me to automaticaly convert the names, but the problem is that i am copying the files using a batch and the batch just dont copy the files


A:Convert long files names into short files names

It is generally not a good idea to truncate long filenames to 8x3 unless you have no other alternative. Perhaps you know that already, I apologize if I assume too much.

If you are certain that it is required to be in 8.3 format by the server, you can use a 16 bit copying program rather than the default Windows copy command. The Windows command detects the 32 bit environment and automatically uses a 32 bit copy procedure that preserves long filenames.

I would recommend using xxcopy16, which is a free utility. It comes as a component of a two part package, the other component being xxcopy. xxcopy is 32 bit, xxcopy16 is 16 bit. You get what you ask for when running those commands and the windows environment will not dictate selection.

The command line with xxcopy16 would be:

xxcopy16 <source> <destination> /yy /WV0

(That's a zero at the end and the command is case sensitive.)


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This must be very simple to you computer experts.
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It contained only a small variety of country music that barely made a dent in her 8 GB flashdrive.
She apparently is no fan of classical music except for Chopin and other relaxing stuff. But she is curious.
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Le volume dans le lecteur C s'appelle Disque Local
Le num‚ro de s‚rie du volume est 2C58-824F

R‚pertoire de C:\Music

2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> .
2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> ..
2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> Bach
2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> EDM
2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> Mozart
0 fichier(s) 0 octets

R‚pertoire de C:\Music\Bach

2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> .
2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> ..
2016-10-14 14:52 0 Track 1.txt
2016-10-14 14:52 0 Track 2.txt
2 fichier(s) 0 octets

R‚pertoire de C:\Music\EDM

2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> .
2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> ..
2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> 2016 EDM Stuff
2016-10-14 14:53 0 Track 1.txt
1 fichier(s) 0 octets

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Any help with this niggling issue extremely appreciated!


A:Recent Items List - Unremovable Files!

Try clearing all your temp fies with something like CCleaner, and try what it says in Brinks tutorial. You might also run SFC/scannow in case any system files may be corrupted.
Recent Items List - Clear History
System Files - SFC Command

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I would also like to apply this to music files later.

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This is Windows XP, if it was a Mac I would not have a problem!

A:How do I: Print list of names of files in a specific folder

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On my old machine running Windows 7 Home Premium it was installed on the C: drive without any problems.

But now Word and Excel do not retain the Recent Files list after a restart of the PC. It will retain the list while the PC is running, even after closing and reopening the programs.

It is also not remembering the window size, or whether the ruler is on or off.

Any suggestions or workarounds?
Where does Office store the recent files data?

A:Office 2003 won't retain recent files list

Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen

....Where does Office store the recent files data?

The ruler setting might be there also.

I can't test on a second drive like you have it :-(

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A:What command line I use to add a shortcut to the list of recent files?

You can not do that simply by using a command line. Recent items are added automatically when you open and close them.

The data is contained in :

Regards....Mike Connor

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A:Office 2007: empty recent files list

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Dear Tenforums users,

Since a few weeks I found myself unable to open any documents (Word, Powerpoint) from the 'Recent files list' in my office applications. Everytime I try to open it, I get the message: "The item you selected is unavailable. It might have been moved, renamed or removed. Do you want to remove it from the list?"
I already tried the automatic repair function but it was in vain so far.

Thank you in advance!


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P.S. Sometimes Windows seems confused. Microsoft Money Sunset edition is taking up 23TB, for example.

A:list all files, by size, larger than a specified size?

This application should help you find what programs are using the most space.

ShowSize Disk Space Analyzer - CNET Download.com

Scan your main drive root directory and you can then open up all the sub directories and it will list how much space each sub is using.

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One way is to right click on a folder and select Properties, which will show you how much space is being used by the folder and its contents.

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Are these files names viruses or normal operation XP64bit files???

These are "Locked files". That could not be tested by my antivirus...

"C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CardSpace\CardSpaceSP2.db.shadow

"C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat.LOG";"Locked file. Not tested.";"Locked file. Not tested."


Are these safe???

A:Are these files names viruses or normal xp64bit files???

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The file itself seems to be a perfect duplicate of the original file and is most certainly not a temp file. I have checked Technet (no 2003 forums anymore) and searched the web, but nobody else seems to have had this problem.

Any ideas? Anybody else ever even heard of this behavior?

A:Strange file names being saved by Word 2003 (not temp files)

I do think these are temp files, they are 'rests' of the backups that are made on a timed interval.
I happens that on network drives they are not always removed, why? I don't know.
It doesn't happen on local drives.
One of Microsoft's 'hidden features'?

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A:Unwanted encoding messages on opening MSWord files. Inability to open MSExcel files and picture files. Apparently corrupted files?

This sounds like it might be a malware infection.

Have you run any scans lately?

Did you download BackUp4All from a reputable source?

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Recently I've had strange files appear all over my hard drive that are all 50.5 mb. I thought it was a virus in a certain file so I deleted it. Soon after I had a lot of problems with Internet Explorer so I deleted it as well. It was then that i deleted a lot of the files that appeared but they came back. I've also noticed that i can't just double click anything anymore. I have to right click and select run. I don't have any back up discs for my windows operating system or I would have just saved everything and started over again. I'm at a loss. Please help.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1021 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller, 96 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76308 MB, Free - 39243 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0U1325
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Strange files all the same size appearing on my C drive

Hello brianwilson and Welcome to this forum.

Please note that all my replies are reviewed by a qualified Analyst before I post. This ensures that you will continue to receive quality expert assistance.

Thank you for your patience.

Please follow the instructions outlined here.

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Please suggest me someone a solution,,the pics are very important..

i have attached the screen-shot image of the folder

A:Files in Memry card converted to unreadable files with size in GBz

1. Are you using an SD Card Reader or the card slot in the PC?

2. Were you able to see the files/folders correctly from that SD Card and that PC before?

3. Are you able to see the folders and files in the camera itself with the SD card in your camera?

4. Does your camera come with any software with which you can download the contents of the SD card right from the camera? If so did you try it?

Just to eliminate your system fault as the reason, try reading the SD card on another computer and then report. (using a different SD card reader, if you are using a Card Reader)

Note:1. Do not format the SD card. 2. Do not run check disk.

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I have the master files, so I want to know which files were actually impacted so that I can replace them with the master files that still seem to open okay.

Is there a record of the files somewhere on my PC that were impacted?

I looked in the recycle bin, but didn't see any of the files.

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Hi Guys--------I have located over 3000 zero byte files on my hard drive. Is it safe to delete them or do I need to restrain myself?

A:Zero Byte Files

Right click IE on desktop, Properties: on General tab> select Delete Files button and when dialog box opens, place a check mark by Delete all offline content and OK. This should remove all including the zero byte files.

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A:Removing zero-byte files

Might give the following a try...


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0 byte avi, wmv,mpeg-4, etc,get automatically created in one of the folders. i have deleted them many times but after some time they again get created. is it a some kind of virus. i have nod32 and have scanned those files.
so what di i do now

A:how to permanently delete the 0 byte avi, wmv files?

Remove this key:



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I installed the Messenger Program Trillian to a Jump Drive. A Memorex 1Gig to be exact. (And, no, this is not a program specific error. I'm getting there.) Well, I finally decided to get rid of it and having neglected to create registry keys for installing to a removable drive such as this, as is my custom, I proceeded to select folder "Trillian" and hit delete.

No such luck. It deleted some files, but eventually said that there was a folder named "cache" which could not be removed. So what do I do? Being tech-savvy I pulled up the Task Manager to ensure that Trillian was not still running. It wasn't. Hm.

So then I go to the folder and examine said contents. 25 PNG graphics all of size: 0 bytes. I proceed to delete them one by one, but when I tried to delete the folder it wouldn't work. What happened? Well, I reload the folder and guess what? All "nonexistent" files were magically restored! I checked attributes, I have tried using Deltree in DOS, I've deleted the files several times now, but no such luck. I can usually solve my own problems, but this time I'm at a loss. Any help?

A:Solved: Can't delete 0 byte files...

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For about a month now Iv'e had these two 0-Bytes Ghost Files just kicking around. They just won't delete, tried a bunch of programs, tried taking ownership, tried slapping the pc. Nothing

Any ideas.?

A:Deleting Ghost No-Byte Files

If you're sure they have no use you can use a Linux Live CD like Ubuntu and delete them that way. Just boot up the CD and access your file system that way.

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I recently backed up my PC running Vista Home Premium and the backup program backed up over 12500 emails from Windows Mail. The majority of them were zero byte files, presumably mostly spam mails which had been immediately deleted. Can anyone tell me how to permently remove them from my system.
Many thanks, Techfos.

A:Windows Mail Zero Byte Files

Spam files are not automaticaly deleted, they are normally moved to a folder named spam or Junk, it's Junk for windows mail if i remember corectly. you have to delete the contents yourself, you should check your spam / junk folder at least once a week and empty the contents, seeing as you have 12500 i would say it needs empting.

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i really need help. i know alot about pcs but this problem i cannot fix. i have 8 years of music i have recorded and need them all back. i was using my pc oneday when i think a virus hit it. it turned all my files into blank applicataions and they all read 0 bytes. i ran windows xp over but left all of my files intact so everything is still here but all of my files say 0 bytes and not a valid win32 application. i really need help i just bought norton 2005 and ran it and it fould 77 viruses and deleted them. can i still fix my other problem though now that my virus is gone? please help willing to donate if it gets fixed.

A:Help! 0 Byte Files And Not A Valid Win32 App

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I've recently upgraded my windows 7 to windows 10 enterprise. I have onedrive account with files synced to cloud, before upgrading i've backed up onedrive files locally in my computer. Some of those files can't be opened after upgrade, formats include
.docx and .xlsx and .png. Most of these files were in direct onedrive main/root folder rather than in subfolders. As i can see those images in subfolders can be opened but not doc and excel files.

How can i view those files again, why have they become corrupt, what could I do in future to prevent these problems

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Hello everyone,
This is my first post to the Bleeping Computer community. I am thankful that such a large volunteer effort exists to help with serious computer problems. You are probably appreciated more than you know.
Over the last few months, I've noticed strange filenames in my recent files with 0 kb filesize and no creation date. They appear to be chinese characters but I'm not 100% sure. I tried Google Translate to no avail.
They would appear to be generated by some (malware?) process and subsequently deleted (they are not on the desktop), and are not in the recycle bin. Would this indicate an infection?
This is some of my info:
OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Antivirus: Windows Defender, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (nothing found)
I've noted a similar thread to Bleeping Computer that appears to have been solved, but I wanted to create a new topic since I'm sure the different computer environments dictate different strategies. Similar thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/597789/strange-files-in-recent-files-list-files-have-chinese-names-and-zero-byte-size/
Thank you for your help.

A:W10 - chinese filenames in recent with 0 kb size and no creation date

Sorry for the wait. To better help you I will need you to do this:Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system, download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.Right-click FRST then click "Run as administrator" (XP users: click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File).When the tool opens, click Yes to disclaimer.Press the Scan button.When finished, it will produce a log called FRST.txt in the same directory the tool was run from.Please copy and paste the log in your next reply.Note 2: The first time the tool is run it generates another log (Addition.txt - also located in the same directory the tool was run from). Please also paste that, along with the FRST.txt into your next reply.Once you post those logs I will need 24 to 48 hours to process them.

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I think I may have a problem. Btw, I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro.
A couple weeks ago I got myself infected with PC Optimizer by using some shady site's Download Program.
I run Kaspersky AV 2015 and Malwarebytes Premium in real-time, and it looked like they caught and handled it, but today when CCleaner did an analysis it found 1000s of 0-byte files in InetCache.
After clearing them I ran another CCleaner analysis and the 0-byte files were already reappearing at a rate of 30-50 a minute.
I don't use Internet Explorer, so I'm thinking this behaviour is suspicious.
Am I being paranoid? And if not, what should I do?

A:0-Byte Files Being Created Constantly in IE Cache - I Don't Use IE

We can run some checks....  Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed... Read more

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I'm not sure how this happened but here is the situation. I have duel monitors and I was going to let my fionce watch a movie on my external monitor while I did something on the laptop screen. It was working fine all up until the movie stopped froze and ectera. So I restarted that was when the issue started.

Somehow when I looked at what used to be my folders they were unable to be opened at all. They all had been changed to 37768 byte files. I am unsure what to do to fix it so I went and downloaded what I thought would be a fix. An xp_directory_reg.zip that had a registry fix in it is still not fixed. That is all I have done to try and fix it. But being that it is m backup files are corrupted well I would kinda like to have them back.

Any ideas?

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Hi. I really need to know how to remove the empty folders and zero-byte files.

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I am using Windows XP and I recently had a problem with the user account causing problems when I renamed a folder. It would create a 0 byte file with no extension with the name of the previous folder name. Since this was only happening on the user account and not on the C drive, I rebuilt the administrator login and it was fine. The it happened again so I rebuilt the account again. ( I am considering a new hard drive but I don't know if that is the problem).

My other problem now is when I was cutting and copying and pasting files from one window to another very quickly. I had cut or copied some jpgs and noticed that they were left in the original folder still. I accidentally double clicked one and the jpg wouldn't display in the viewer. In file properties it said 0 bytes. Was it because I was going too fast? I am not sure if the file was left from a cut or a copy as I was going so fast. Or is my Windows corrupt? There was a thumbnail file I left in the folder but that should not cause a problem. I didn't rename the folder to a longer path. (I have had experience with that causing a file management problem before. That was not the problem here). There was no problem deleting the files and folders.

I am going to try to recreate the problem tomorrow when I have some free time to test it.

Was I going too fast? Or is my User account corrupt again? Do I need a new hard drive? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Zooks

A:Cut copy paste creates 0 byte files

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My husband and i are in a band and are trying to upload our music to a local site. It said we needed mp3 files so we tried coverting our wave file to an mp3 file ( my husband downloaded something that said it could do this) and now we have no sound. The speakers still make little crackling noises like they are still live but we get no sound.


A:Tried to convert music files from wave files to mp3 files and no NO SOUND WHATSOEVER

Try a different program.

Are you converting from CD, or a wave file on the hard drive?


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I want to restore some program files form a windows backup. As far as I know Windows had made these on a regular basis. On my pc I have  a folders named Backup Set 2016-03-08 144041. This contains folders named Backup Files 2016-03-08 144041 and Catalogs.
Backup Files 2016-03-08 144041 contains literally hundreds of zip files which seems to contain backup data.

But if I try to restore files using the Windows BackUp Function the most recent backup that I can find appears to date from November 2015. Does this mean that no more recent backup exists? But then what is the function of this Backup Set  folder? Is
there any possibility to restore data from a backup more recent than November?  

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I am running IE8 on Windows 7 (Home Premium 64bit). My Temporary Internet Files folder is C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5. I have enabled Show Hidden Files and Folders and removed the tick for Hide Protected Operating System files.

I've noticed that streamed .wma file appeared as .dat file in the temporary internet folder. I've tried copying it to the desktop and changed the extension to .wma but it will not play at all. I have the same problem in another laptop running Windows Vista. In Windows XP platform, I have no problem retrieving the streamed files as they are saved in the original file format (i.e. .mp3 or .wma) in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Please advise.

Thank you & regards

A:.wma files appears as .dat files in Temporary Internet Files folder

I'm have difficulty understanding the real problem since I have always set my browsers to delete at the end of a session, I use CCleaner to delete junk (read stuff in the temp folder).

In any case, you can help us by updating your system specs.


User CP (3rd item in the top menu bar) |
in left-hand column, under Your Profile, Edit System Spec |

Use Speccy - System Information - Free Download
and/or SIW to gather info for filling in the blanks.

Do me a favor and add the word laptop or desktop to the ?system manufacturer? block.

Use the ?Other Info? block for Optical Reader, Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor

Scroll down and click on the SAVE CHANGES button.

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I've got a situation here whereby .TMP files are appearing in network directories, and the files are going missing. The size of the TMP file matches the original file.
I'm trying to narrow down the issue, because I think there may be two problems here.  
1. Offline Files are enabled, to allow profile redirection.    It seems that this is also by default, is allowing Clinet Side Caching when there are network issues.  Does the original file (.doc for example)  get renamed
as a HR234.TMP for example when the Slow link detection sees slow performance? 
2.  If the above TMP file is created when there are network issues, should this resolve itself (sync itself back to the network) when performance improves?
Currently we are in a situation where we have a department that have files missing from many network shares, all the missing files seemlingly replaced with a .TMP file, so do we have to go round to every machine in the department, and manually
sync them to resolve this?  

A:TMP files created, files missing Offline files issue?

After checking the Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 in the

Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932), I found the following hotfix is available:
Temporary files do not synchronize correctly to a non-DFS share on a server from a client computer
that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

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This is a real interesting problem that involves the computer at my mom's house (not mine, but one I use on occasion). On that Dell Dimension 3100 (running Windows XP), whenever I edit the ID3 tags of an mp3 inside the folder (right click>properties>summary>advance) - like say, changing the genre or adding the album title to the ID3 tag - after I press apply and go back to the folder, when the file refreshes, Chinese (or other characters) have been injected into the title (or rarely, composer) field. If I edit it again to remove it, it goes away. This text also does show up in Winamp or WMP if I did not fix it before adding it it in. Also, it does not matter if I have Winamp open while i'm editing the ID3 tags. It does not matter which mp3s I do it to.

Spybot, Malwarebytes, Avast! and Adaware find nothing wrong with the system.

Here's some screen caps (edited so they can fit here and so they can fit here, no important information is missing):

Before picture: I will be editing the ID3 tag of the Soul Coughing song "Super Bon Bon", a song which I just downloaded mere minutes ago. The songs by Of Montreal and Kenickie are there for comparison and because they were two other recent additions to my music library on this computer. This is not exclusive this one mp3 file, if I did it with any mp3, the results would be the same
Here, I have changed the genre from "Alternative" to "Indie" and am just about to click apply. That... Read more

A:Chinese Text Appears In My Files

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The closest thing I came to my subject here was the following discussion:
Windows not reading Chinese characters properly

In my case all is already set as such: Fonts are all accepted and used in many software, the language and keyboard settings set as such, etc. etc. In fact I could see/read my Chinese characters on a file name and within them (text) without problems whatsoever--all software Office, Adobe suite, Browsers, etc. can read Chinese . The thing is though, the one thing I can not do, is open a file which has Chinese characters in ts name. If I change the name to ABCD no problem, it's openable. but if I have even just one chinese character within the file then, no go.

A:Windows can't open files with Chinese characters

I believe that one must have Windows 7 Ultimate to load the Chinese language package.


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My gf reported me today that her computer is infected. She says she noticed the infections after a chinese program popped up in the screen. Remembering my advice about the antivirus scans(but too late) she did a system scan on the pc, She says that bitdefender internet security found nothing but indicated some pass protected archives in $recyclebin. She says she opened up the visibility options and scanned those archives the result was two Trojan.Agents, one is BQTL, the other BQTK. She quaranteed them.(As it was the only option.) She then proceded to download and scan with Malwarebytes AV. found 49 mws, which she fortunately took the photos. (They're attached) Some logs regarding those may probably still exist in that pc, though. She also proceded to remove them with Mwbytes. And restarted her pc. After noticing that the chinese thing is still present, she used this method to remove the chinese Tencent thing: She says she found some other tencent folders and erased them with shift+delete. After this point, she connected to me to tell the story and tell that she still finds other folders related to tencent browser extension. She was about to delete the related file with a software called revo but I said we should ask about it. Since I highly doubt that even without the tencent, her pc is safe, we still don't know what caused this or exactly when. How do I cleanse this big of an infection?

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Its very strange - all the exe files (e.g. from games and programmes) on my d: drive (c: is fine for some reason thankgod) fail to open properly. when you open the exe, the window never appears but the programme shows up on task manager, taking up a lot of processing power. odd. also, every single exe file on that drive has that same default executable icon (that mini window with the blue title bar) and when i view the version tab of the file properties, all the exes have exactly the same version information:-

Company: 番茄花园 (which translates to 'Tomato Garden')
File version: 1.00
Internal name: fso
Language: Chinese (PRC)
Original filename: fso.exe
Product name: exe
Product version: 1.00

The names and filesizes of the exe files are unaffected, suggesting they havent been overwritten. Also, new files downloaded to the d: drive are fine.
Ive done searches on the google, but all of the results are in chinese.
i think i may have found a solution.
go to-
the page takes a while to load and translate from chinese so bare with it. then scroll down to 'another tough virus --FSO.exe' and click on it. this page describes (in dodgey english) my problem exactly, but because the translation isnt perfect, im not completely sure what it means...if someone with a little more computer knowledge could clarify the intructions, that would be totally awesome.
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A:Rare Chinese virus - all exe files on my d: unresponsive

shall i upload a screenshot?

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i was trying to download stuff to use soundboards over mic. I downloaded standard softwares stuff that is normally used but for some reason when i went to check on them under my files under the network tab it had new names. i was on it earlier today and it was only my name earlier. i am the only one who uses this computer and if it will help ill provide the links to the downloads of these files.

A:New pc names in files

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