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Program Files directory renamed itself, among other related issues

Q: Program Files directory renamed itself, among other related issues

I'm having several issues; I've thoroughly messed up my computer in the span of the past hour. I'll try to explain as quickly as possible. I'm on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and I have an SSD boot device with all of my files on a HDD. I edited the registry keys forever ago to move my program files directory to the HDD (both 64-bit and 32-bit to the same directory, and yes, I edited both the 64-bit and 32-bit registries), and it's worked just fine.
Installed final version of IE 10, had the same issue I had with the release preview (doesn't run--crashes a few seconds after the window opens)
Some programs run from the SSD even though I changed the Program Files directory to the HDD, so I copied the new Internet Explorer files from the HDD to the appropriate locations on the SSD, including overwriting ieproxy.dll (lots of fun to do, believe me). Didn't work, so I uninstalled IE 10 (which causes it to revert to IE 9), and rebooted as part of that process.
After rebooting, IE did absolutely nothing, but now all folders in Windows Explorer open in a new window when double-clicked. I have done everything I could find to fix this (including checking the registry entries at HKCR\Folder\shell and others). Nothing has worked.
Ran sfc /scannow, and it found and fixed errors. Rebooted but the problem persists and my program files directory (previously H:\Program Files) has renamed itself to H:\Program Files (x86), but the old directory can still be navigated to directly, and the old directory is still given in both versions of the registry.
I'm sorry, I know this is a TON to read, but I don't know how badly I've messed up my computer, and I don't know specifically what could have contributed to my problems. (I wasn't sure what category to post in either, sorry!) System Restore is disabled because of my SSD, so that's not an option.

Thank you in advance!

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A: Program Files directory renamed itself, among other related issues

Having the 2 folders is totally normal. So what other problems are you having ?

Why are you changing the program files to the hdd, it defeats the purpose of using a ssd for it`s speed.

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An error accurred while attempting to create the directory C:\Program Files\Common Files
wont let me install some programs like msn i dunno why..

A:error accurred while attempting to create the directory C:\Program Files\Common Files


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I have been trying to install Microsoft Office and keep getting an error

Cannot access C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink the file directory is corrupted. I have tried running scan disc and it doesn't work and have tried from the command window and it stops 73% through and say can't go any further to maintain system integrity.

Any suggestions?


A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

Hi tonedef -

Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support!

What version of Office are you trying to install (e.g, 2003 or 2007)?

Have you changed any file permission settings or "Taken Ownership" of any folders/files?

The "scan disk" that you mentioned running... was it "sfc /scannow"? If not, click on START | type cmd.exe in the Start Search box | right-click on cmd.exe | select Run as Admin

In the screen that comes up type the following:

sfc /scannow (space after sfc) - press ENTER

Let this run. Try Office re-install.

Good Luck. . .


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When I try to install any programs like skype and the last part of the installation I get an error occured while attempting to create the directory: C:program files\ common files
why is this happening? but more importantly how do I fix it?
Thanks for any help given

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after installing a Canon printer driver, I am now getting an error:

Cannot access C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink the file directory is corrupted.
I have tried running scan disc and it doesn't work and have tried from the command window and it stops 73% through and say can't go any further to maintain system integrity. I have also tried restoring from a back-up but it wont let me as well.

Any suggestions?

A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

I have a similar problem, see other thread with same title.

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Thanks to anyone who can help. I've searched for this topic and haven't found anything that worked for me. I posted this topic a couple days ago but just now it didn't show up; sorry if I've double-posted.

I'm trying to download itunes for the first time, but I get the error in the title when I try to run the itunes_setup.exe file. When I cancel, I get "The installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory: C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update. The installation cannot continue. Log on as administrator or contact your system administrator."

I checked and confirmed that I am the admin on my PC, and all accounts are set up with full access privileges to these folders. I also tried rebooting in safe mode and logging on as "Administrator" and running the .exe from a flash drive.

I think I had similar problems loading an XP Office Upgrade a few months ago; I finally just gave up. I have Spybot Search and Destroy; it says I'm clean, for whatever that's worth.

Please help! Thanks again.

A:error occurred with attempting to create directory C:\Program Files\Common Files

You are mostly likley on a limited account.
Are you using Xp
Are you the only account. There are other reasons but lets look at this option first

Go to control panel use accounts and click on your user name , it will say if you are and admin of the machine or you are using a limited account.

Take alook at that and post back

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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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I've been troubleshooting issues with my pc all week (0x8e BSOD mostly and a registry recover message on start up). I have narrowed it down to my RAM, processor, or motherboard (specs below). This is also a week old install of XP Pro.

During testing one of my memory sticks to see if it was the faulty one, I was trying to open Winamp and it came up with some script error, followed by a notification in the system tray to run chkdsk. I OK'd all that out, and scheduled a chkdsk. I opened my Explorer (right clicked Start and Explore) and went into Program Files...and nothing was there but Windows junk (Messenger, WMP, and so forth). There was only about 7 of these folders, and I noticed my virus scanner (Avast!) was not in the systray, nor was my firewall icon.

So, I clicked on the Avast! shortcut and an error came up saying the link is invalid yada yada Press OK to delete. I tried other shortcuts...some worked but others gave the same error.

Any ideas how all those files went Adios but some programs that are supposed to be in there still work? I have already done chkdsk /r in Recovery console, and tried to restore my pc back a few days (It runs, but it says it cannot restore it). I really want to blame one of the memory sticks for this, but somehow they are checking out ok by themselves.

Mobo- AOpen AK77-400N
Processor- AMD XP 2400+
ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 8x
Memory- G Skill 2 GB PC3200 DDR400 (two 1 GB sticks)
Windows XP Pro SP3

A:Nothing in Program Files directory

is it the same when in safe mode? if you can get into Avast! set it to do a full scan on startup...It looks like it could be a virus to me. Have you checked to see what processes are running?

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I'm trying to find a simple, straightforward opensource Windows program to compare all files within a directory to all files in a different directory in order to ensure that they are completely identical (basically to verify backups). I'm looking for something more reliable than simply comparing file sizes or dates. I would think the most efficient way to do this would be by using some fast and simple file hash (md5?) to compare the two.
I looked through the "Freeware Replacements for Common Commercial Apps" post, but I didn't see anything like this. Does anyone know of a program like this?

A:Program to compare all files in directory

Beyond Compare (not freeware): http://www.scootersoftware.com/features.php

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When I start up my laptop I receive the error that my directory\program files is corrupt and unreadable. I am directed to run the Chkdsk utility. I cannot run this utility. When I try i am told that I do not have authority to run it although I am the only user on this computer. If I try to run it as a scheduled mainenance it does not run. Any one have this problem and how did you fix it?

A:Directory\Program files is corrupt

Hello Ray, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a System Restore at boot using a restore point dated before this error may be able to fix it for you. If not, then you may need to reinstall Vista.

Hope this helps,

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After fighting with my machine all day to try to get it to boot, I ended up doing a reinstall over top of my existing windows xp installation. When I finally got my machine back up and running, everything in my program files directory was gone, though I did not have more free space on my machine than I did before. Any idea where windows is hiding my program files, and any idea how I can get them back?

A:Program Files directory wiped out

Anybody have any ideas on this? I'm kind of stuck here.

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I have a program files directory on my e:\ that I use to install most of my applicaitons to as it is much larger than my c:\ partition.

However I cannot write or delete anything from this folder now, and I cannot open an application I have been using for ages either, and this is how I noticed it. I have scanned my machine using Panda Titanium 2007, Adaware and AVG anti spyware, and nothing suspect shows up but I presume it is something malicious.

Has anyone got any ideas? It is only this directory that is giving me trouble and today is the first time this has shown up. I am logged in as the same profile I always use.

Win 2000 machine.

Here is the hijackthis log...... Any help appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:58:19, on 10/10/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
E:\Program Files\TPSrv.exe
E:\Program Files\pavsrv50.exe
E:\Program Files\AVENGINE.EXE
e:\program files\firewall\PNMSRV.EXE
e:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
E:\Program Files\PavFnSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
E:\Program Files\PsImSvc.exe
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A:Cannot write to program files directory

Anyone please? I can't open most of the applicaitons I have installed to that directory. It was ok a couple of days ago, and I haven't noticed anything else changing.

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I have gone back to try to find the answer to this question but I have not seen it answered here yet.

I just did a clean install of a 120Gb HD on an old lappy (Compaq Presario V2000) which I want to donate to a student. I wish to have the XP Pro on the C:\ Partition 1 and then for all other files to automatically search to find the D:\ Partition 2 when they are being installed.

As it is now the files try to load everything on the C drive. My C drive is 12Gb and D drive is 118Gb roughly speaking. I have seen answers about moving directories in registry ProgramDir but I do not see one in this XP Pro SP3 install. Also I do not want any of the Windows files to stop working, like Outlook Express etc.

What I do want is for all new software to install on D drive and not C.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:How to redefine the location of the Program Files directory C: to D:

You cannot, change the drive letter of the boot partition (the one that contains the Windows XP program files). Program Files must still be on C:
But you can change the Default Install file location to a Different Drive letter.

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OK so built new computer and was suggested by tech at ncix that i have two hard drives. 1ssd for operating system 120G and one for all other crap, programs software games etc.. 2TB. Did that and have about 70g filled on ssd with operating system and some other stuff and want now to have ALL other software etc installed on 2TB drive. I have read other forums and have changed setting as per instructions on other forums as in regedit and changing programfilesdir and programfilesdirx86 from C which is my ssd to E which is 2TB. the programs that i now install seem to install on E as from what i can see but now for some reason shortcut icons on destop will error saying path does not exist in C drive. after reading a couple of threads on this site i noticed that someone else has same problem and changed another file in regedit called programw6432dir as well. i have not made that change yet. should i? will that fix the error path message? it also affected my internet explorer when i go to use it from the start menu and with the path error message from those programs destop icon logos they no longer show up as the logo it was before but a generic logo with no discription. Just so you all know i am running windows7pro64 amd8core 32gigram. i am a novice as for computers and all the setting and all. Please email me back with advice to solve my problem at: ****



A:windows 7 changing program files directory

Hello toomuchbeer and welcome to TSF,

There are a few ways to do this...

Custom installation paths and utilization of Windows 7 Libraries.

The easiest way is to specify installation paths when installing programs. Most installable programs will allow you to chose a non-standard installation path.

Also, Windows 7 libraries allow you to access your documents and media files from multiple locations. When you add a location to your library, opening "Documents" for example, will show you items in your Documents folder AND the added location.

This is the way I would suggest to do things.. It requires a bit more attention, but your main OS files and updates will easily fit on the 120GB SSD. And you can still install programs that you want to launch with SSD speeds in the default location...

Also.... I suggest moving the paging file to the HDD...
Right click Computer
Select Properties
On the left of the screen select Advanced System Settings
Select the Advanced Tab
Select Settings in the Performance box
Select the Advanced Tab
Select Change in the Virtual Memory box.
Deselect Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
Select the C: Drive (Windows installation)
Select No Paging File
Select the secondary HDD.
Select either System Managed size or Custom Size. (note: By selecting Custom size, it allows you to set a static size for your paging file... This can increase performance, but be careful not to set the size too low... I suggest a min... Read more

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I don't know where all the space in my C: is going. Is there a program that searches for files of a large size or lists files according to their size?

A:Is there a program that searches a drive or given directory for large files?

The following is freeware and doesn't require installation. It will find the 100 largest files on your drive:

Largest Files Finder

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Hi, I work in a computer repair shop, and I've recently had two computers come in separately with the same very odd problem. What appears to have happened is that something has deleted most (but not all) of the folders within the Program Files and Program Files (x86) directories. A secondary symptom is that the start menu is also almost or completely empty. Files remain associated with the removed programs, and they appear to have been simply deleted rather than uninstalled. When the first machine came in I thought perhaps this was user error, but having seen a second identical but unrelated instance that now seems unlikely. The second user said it occurred around the time she was installing Norton 360 (in fact, the disk was still in her drive). I've checked in both cases and:
- The hard drives were healthy
- The folders were deleted, not hidden.

Anyone heard of a virus being the cause of something like this? I've done some extensive googling, and found a few people mentioning similar symptoms as far back as 2002, but no explanations.

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Have a Windows 7 computer with almost 300,000 files in the %temp% dir and wanted to know if anyone had a suggestion on how to determine which program is creating all these files.  Looked under properties and didn't see any info, but maybe there is a way to generate a log of which file writes to the directory?
Any help you could provide would be appreciated.  Thanks.

A:Determine which program is creating files in the %temp% directory

Sysinternals Process Monitor can help you identify which processes create files in your temp directory. You have to set an appropriate filter so that you don't drown in the vast amount of log data.

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I have been getting the above error on every 64-bit software I try to install, I also looked at the keys in the registry for CurrentVersion and there is nothing there, which worries me. Is there a way to fix this without reinstalling windows?

A:Internal Error: Failed to get path of 64-bit Program Files directory.

Hi Tom,
from an elevated command mode run

sfc /scannow

Where EXACTLY did you look in the registry,
i'll look at mine


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Mcafee recently told me it had stopped a trojan, but it couldn't delete it until a restart. I clicked "ok" and then another trojan popped up as being stopped. Then another. I wish I wrote down the names, but I didn't and now I can't find them in any kind of Mcafee log. What I do have, however, are 2 files that seem suspicious.I went to Add/Remove New Programs and found a program called "Antiviirus.exe". I didn't know what it was so I tried to uninstall it but couldn't. I did a search and found it in my (C:\Program Files) directory. I went to Program Files, but Windows Explorer immediately encountered a problem and shut down. It only shuts down in this one particular directory. Another suspicious file there is "Instaler.exe." ------------------------------------Antiviirus.exeinstaler.exeI did a quick search for these files and found that they are sometimes variants of:Trojan.DropperTrojan.GorhaxTrojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.keu-------------------------------------I went into the command prompt and deleted both, but the problem still exists - even after several restarts and system scans. Since I still can't open the Program Files folder, I wonder what is still infecting my computer and what it is doing in the background. I have run Spybot, AdAware, A-squared and they all show up with nothing more than few tracking cookies. I tried running Panda online but I can't because I have Vista. I also tried running Housecall but it didn't ... Read more

A:Multiple Trojans / Windows Explorer Error In Program Files Directory

And now there's a new development... Sometimes when I try to run certain programs they don't start. They act like they do (and they even show up in my processes) but they never actually open on the desktop. And my computer isn't freezing or slowing down - these files just don't open.I tried AIM, Firefox, and Google Talk Installer. None of which opened.After a restart, I got Firefox to work but still not Google Talk Installer. I didn't try AIM again, I deleted it before the restart.Even in safemode, I can't get McAfee to open. (It does in normal mode, though)------------------------------------------And my processes now show a new file that wasn't there before. It's a known TROJAN called:Wininit.exe------------------------------------------NEW HIJACKTHIS LOG Please helpLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:23:10 AM, on 3/22/2008Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\System32\smss.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\services.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsass.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\winlogon.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exeC:\Windows&#... Read more

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I am a technology consultant helping my client with a very infected pc- I have full remote access to the box and he is available if I have to run something on the box with no network.

His pc became infected with some ransomware scam - the main txt file reads:

Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted
with strongest encryption and unique key, generated for this computer.

Private decryption key is stored on a secret Internet server and nobody can
decrypt your files until you pay and obtain the private key.

If you see the main locker window, follow the instructions on the locker.
Overwise, it's seems that you or your antivirus deleted the locker program.
Now you have the last chance to decrypt your files.

Open http://43qzvceo6ondd6wt.onion.cab or http://43qzvceo6ondd6wt.tor2web.org 
in your browser. They are public gates to the secret server. 

If you have problems with gates, use direct connection:

1. Download Tor Browser from http://torproject.org

2. In the Tor Browser open the http://43qzvceo6ondd6wt.onion/
Note that this server is available via Tor Browser only. 
Retry in 1 hour if site is not reachable.

Copy and paste the following public key in the input form on server. Avoid missprints.

A:Help! Hijacked Files Encrypted - all files renamed with .askyneh (ransomware sca

Hi there,
It appears that you have been infected with CTB-Locker - and unforunately it is a very real ransomware.
Please read below for more information.

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 FAQ
There 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 that you post in the discussion topic mentioned above.
To avoid confusion I have asked a Moderator to close this topic. Good luck.

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I have a 10 files that have all been categorised into about 40 folders. These files have been damaged.
I have a backup of all these files, but they are not categorised and sit in a single directory.

Does anyone know of an easy technique to batch replace the damaged files with the originals?

Cannot find any apps to do such a task.

A:Replace files in multiple directory, from a single directory

Easy one:

Built in command part of Windows. Open an elevated Command Prompt and type:

replace /?
Here is how:

Folder with Backup files:


Folders with corrupt files:


Replace c:\data\backup\*.* e:\finance\statements /s

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I need some help in figuring out how to copy a whole bunch of files from a directory tree to a single directory. I looked at all the xcopy switches, but none of them look like they will do what I want it to do. If I use the /S switch, it will keep the directory structure. Any ideas?

A:Help with copying files from a directory tree to a single directory

Do you have XP up & started? Why not just go into explorer, highlight all you need (CTRL + A to highlight everything), copy & paste?

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I ha the same problme with double program Files directory. One is the nromal directory, the other contains the same subdirectories but when accessed the message is that attached

A:Double directory "Program Files" win 7 32

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So i have 3 files i cannot delete after uninstalling a game. I also cannot rename the folder they are in without windows explorer not responding and i have to restart explorer.

I did take ownership method but that froze up to. I went into safe mode, and tried it that way - also didn't delete, it equally froze up.

I have attached an image of the delete attempt - it just gets stuck like that.

I'm out of options - please advise on what i should do ?

A:Files won't delete in directory - can't rename the directory either

What is drive F? Is it a flash drive?

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Hi all.
Today I got quite a shock out of the blue discovered quite a substantial amount of my files, about 4gb, changed/renamed to enz files. These changed files are in one of my external hard drives, though there are also other files in this same drive unchanged.
I really cannot recalled what I did to cause this. Though what I did in the last few days was to visit many websites searching for solutions to resolve some problems related to my Android phone with a faulty-functioning rom (OS).
On my laptop today, with the attached affected ext hard drive plugged, I scanned with Rogue Killer, Mbam, ASW, and my own Eset which discovered 4 wombat items that was cleaned.
The rest of the scans uncovered nothing.
In addition, I downloaded a program, Pareto, intended to help to open all these enz files. But I hesitated upon fearing ending in more troubles if I executed it. Besides, what is subsequently annoying is even after removing this downloaded Pareto, it still display a dialog upon every boot, showing checking for updates.
Thank You.

A:SOS! Files changed/renamed to enz files out of the blue!

This may be a new variant of TeslaCrypt ransomware which encrypts data and uses various extensions (.ecc, .ezz, .exx, .xyz, .zzz, .aaa, .abc, .ccc, .vvv) appended to the end of the filename as described described here.Did you find any ransom note? These infections are created to alert victims that their data has been encrypted and demand a ransom payment. Check your documents folder for an image the malware typically uses for the background note. Check the C:\ProgramData (or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data) for a randomly named .html, .txt, .png, .bmp, .url file.These are some examples:HELP_DECRYPT.TXT, HELP_YOUR_FILES.TXT, HELP_TO_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt
YOUR_FILES.HTML, DecryptAllFiles_<user name>.txt, encryptor_raas_readme_liesmich.txt
DecryptAllFiles_.txt, RECOVERY_FILES.txt, help_decrypt_your_files.html, YOUR_FILES.url
Howto_RESTORE_FILES_.txt, RECOVERY_FILE.TXT, RECOVERY_FILE_.txt, restore_files_.txt
howto_recover_file_.txt, how_recover+****.txt, ,_how_recover_.txt, recover_file_*****.txt

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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
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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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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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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 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 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

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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 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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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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I received a laptop from a friend who was having many issues. i was able to boot into windows and copy his my documents folder to a flash drive. when doing this i noticed the file names for all his pictures had been changed to filename.jpg.cts I'll been searching for days now and can't find a solution on how to correct these files. any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

humbly yours.


A:Files Renamed With A .cts Extention

Does he use either of these programs?

.CTS - ABC Programming Language Permanent Location Contents
.CTS - ClipTrakker Clipboard Collection (SoftwareOnline)

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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'm having a problem with OE continually trying to compact files. I have 2 identities. In an attempt to figure out which identity had the problem, to stop one of them from running, I changed the file ending on the dbx files so OE wouldn't see them. Eliminating those dbx files seems to have at least temporarily solved the problem, but now I would like to recover the dbx files I renamed, one at a time to discover which of them might be the culprit, and I can't get OE to recognize the files now that I have renamed them once again to DBX. I have rebooted, to no avail. I also tried a system restore, but they did not come back that way either. Any other suggestions?

A:Recovering DBX files that have been renamed

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The computer renamed all my files:

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. The computer renamed with letters and symbols all the files. 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.

Thank you

A:Computer Renamed Files

Does the renaming follow any particular order? (I'm thinking of it being 6 numbers or letters followed by the ~ and then a number).Do they conform to the 8.3 naming convention? 8 figures before the . and 3 figures after it?Maybe a screen shot of a directory listing will help. Open up the directory in question. Then press "Alt" and "PrtScrn" at the same time.Then open Paint and paste it in there, save it and attach it to your next post. (or you can link to it if you have it hosted at one of the free image hosters like http://www.photobucket.com )

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My computer got infected with some malware that disabled the antivirus and added a .ecc extension to office, pdf, text and image files.
There was no ransom message, just some pornographic images at startup. There was a "syshost.exe" service installed and a program with a random name was running. I cleaned the malware and the antivirus works now, but these files no longer open.
For some files I have the unmodified original. I tried using Panda Ransomware Decrypt to extract the key and restore the files, but it failed.
Is it possible to use files that have the original and encrypted versions to extract information that can decrypt the rest of the files?

A:Files encrypted and renamed to .ecc

You are dealing with TeslaCrypt Ransomware. Unlike other ransomware that typically target images, documents, videos, and applications databases, TeslaCrypt also targets over 40 different video game related files. Any files that are encrypted will have the .ecc extension added to the end of the filename.There is an ongoing discussion in this topic: New TeslaCrypt Ransomware sets its scope on video gamersRather than have everyone start individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any questions, comments or requests for assistance in that topic discussion.ThanksThe BC Staff

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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 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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Hi, I am new to this board,

I have Windows ME and (I think) Outook Express 5, but recently "upgraded" to Microsoft IE 6.0 (but didn't check the Outlook upgrade box, so I am not positive about this).

I have two problems w. Outlook Express since this "upgrade". One, when I attempt to open the program, the "hourglass" runs for about two minutes, then Outlook opens (even if I was just running it previously). ? It never used to to do this, and I had a lot more messages saved than I do now, which seemed to have "disappeared" anyway, but that's the subject of another posting.

More important, I am being deluged w. DIRECTDB.DLL errors when I receive an email that Outlook dislikes. Now, I know to solve this problem, I must rename my folders.dbx to folders.old. But here is the kicker: I tried to rename four of them (total) and I get the warning that a file is already *named* folders.old (which I do have, several of them), so it prohibits me from the action. I don't want to lose the email, so I don't want to just delete it.

BTW, how do I view the those folders.old, anyway?

I guess that was three questions.

Can someone help me?
Thanks much.

A:DIRECTDB.DLL errors, already renamed .dbx files ?


Have you cleaned up your folders in Express?

In Outlook Express, Tools | Options. Maintenance tab.

Click CleanUp Now. Choose compact.

Also, what do you have running at this time:

Go to Run and type MSINFO32
On the left choose Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list here.

To find out which version of Outlook Express you have, go to Help | About.

With regard to the DIRECTDB.DLL error's, can you post the full message? If they have a Details button, click that and copy/paste the contents here.



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Hi experts,
This Pretty urgent.
trend micro has renamed my files msmgrx.exe to .vir extension due to some reason.
now when i open any file like explorer etc i need to browse the files to get the exact location.
now the problem is that there are many utilities that are installed on my system, i have a bunch of 390 files in system32 folder that has a extension of .vir
i dont know how to recover these files.
i am not a computer geek but this i have figured out by trouble shooting.
please help urgently as i am at my customer location and cant figure out what to do...

A:Trend Micro Renamed files to .Vir

Hello and welcome to TSF

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And as per forum rules:



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Subsequently, this thread is closed.

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Laptop (running Vista) ran out of battery the other day and when I booted back up, all of my desktop icons were renamed to the date they were created. All of my internal files and folders are the same way. I've tried manually renaming them, and when the text box comes up, the original name is there, but pressing enter doesn't fix it. I've already tried aa system restore with no luck.
Need help ASAP.

A:Icons/files/folders Renamed Themselves...

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Can you help with a problem. "hostsagf" keeps appearing and I can't get rid of the problem. Here is my file. Also, I have Adsgone and Spybot Search and Destroy, but both crash when scanning files.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 8:03:40 PM, on 9/14/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Sony\HotKey Utility\HKserv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\xp_0781_8888\UMonit.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Washer\wwDisp.exe
C:\Program... Read more

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Hi Experts
i am very badly in need of help...
i had run the trend micro on my system yesterday and it renamed files to .vir.
now the problem is that the files in folder system32 folder are renamed to .vir
like my file name msdrmgx.exe is renamed to msdrmgx_1d8.vir...
there are around 390 files of such nature..
if i try to run any application is says either some files missing or opens a open with directory for program to choose.
please help me urgently as i am stuck up without any IT support.
what should i do to rename these files again to proper extension and the system to work fine.
again mentioning i need urgent help since i am very badly stuck up at customer premises.

A:Trend Micro Renamed files to .Vir

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Hi all,
this is my first post and (unfortunately) have been serious damage in many files on my computer!
The files have been renamed to something format: [email protected]
Please for your help!

A:Files renamed to [email protected]

someone, some help please... my files is crypted...

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