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Posted by: michael_mckee (Guest), October 19th, 2010, 10:05am
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
Posted by: Cassandra, October 27th, 2010, 3:52am; Reply: 1
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.
Posted by: michael_mckee (Guest), October 27th, 2010, 7:44am; Reply: 2
Hi Cassandra,
Thanks for the reply. I'll start on your suggestions and let you know the results. Mike
Posted by: michael_mckee (Guest), November 1st, 2010, 4:36am; Reply: 3
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  
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