Weird Filename in the Root Directory July 15th, 2018, 4:59pm
Home Calendar Search Register Login
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Computer Q&A Board    Your Input    Questions  ›  Weird Filename in the Root Directory

 Pages: 1
Recommend Print
  Author    Weird Filename in the Root Directory
michael_mckee
Posted: October 19th, 2010, 10:05am Report to Moderator
Guest User



In the root directory I have a file named "tm" (square tm square). Attributes are RHSA, it's listed as a system file, size is 1kb. When I delete it, it re-appears at next boot-up.

It's difficult to search for because of the ascii character as the first character. When I try to Google it, all I get is responses for "tm". Can't search for it with Regedit for the same reason. Using Wordpad to view it shows that it has about 5 or 6 characters, most of which are the ascii squares (some kind of code, of course).

I don't know whether it's a problem or not, but since someone has gone to a lot of trouble with it, I'm really suspicious. Can anyone identify this thing or tell me if I can (and how to) delete it? I'm using XP with service pack 3. Thanks for any help. Mike
Logged
e-mail
A New Bible Built with Modern Technology

New Testament - Breakthrough Version

www.breakthroughversion.com

The Breakthrough Version achieves a much higher level of accuracy. It is:

  • more literal
  • more precise
  • more contemporary
  • more correct
  • more consistent

This Bible even translates hundreds of forgotten Greek words that no other Bible does.

It is an essential tool for Bible teachers and students, yet it is easy to read, even for newbies.

Cassandra
Posted: October 27th, 2010, 3:52am Report to Moderator
Minimum Member


Posts: 64
Reputation: 100.00%
Hi!

It indeed sounds suspicious.

You might try opening it with a freeware hex editor, which might expand those 5 or 6 characters into something legible which you could search on Google.

You also might try using msconfig to look inside of win.ini and system.ini to see if it is being recreated or indirectly referenced from there.

Also, try uploading the mystery file - if possible - to http://www.virustotal.com/ , who may have some information on it.

Good luck.
C.
Logged Offline
e-mail Reply: 1 - 3
michael_mckee
Posted: October 27th, 2010, 7:44am Report to Moderator
Guest User



Hi Cassandra,
Thanks for the reply. I'll start on your suggestions and let you know the results. Mike
Logged
e-mail Reply: 2 - 3
michael_mckee
Posted: November 1st, 2010, 4:36am Report to Moderator
Guest User



Hi Cassandra, Sorry about the delay in responding. Anyway, Sometime ago I had downloaded and installed something called Wall Watcher. At this late date, I have no idea why (messing around?). Apparently it puts the file into the root. I uninstalled Wall Watcher and the file went away and has not re-appeared.

I have no need of more tools, I've been using Reg-Vac for several years and recently began using A-1 Click. Both do a great job. Want to thank Ray for his really great stuff.
I'm an old dos guy. I do pretty good with 6.22 and some c+ programming so I can appreciate the work that goes into Ray's programs. Thanks Ray. Mike  
Logged
e-mail Reply: 3 - 3
 Pages: 1
Recommend Print

Locked Board Board Index    Questions  [ previous | next ] Switch to:

Thread Rating
There is currently no rating for this thread
 
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post polls
You may not post attachments
HTML is off
Blah Code is on
Smilies are on

Powered by E-Blah Platinum 9.6 © 2001-2006