I am new to this site, and not as familiar with computers as most of you probably are, so I beg your patience, and here goes:
Before posting my question, I have been reading through everything I can find that has already been posted that looks like it might have anything at all to do with my question. Someone will just have to be blunt and tell me if there is no commonality between this issue raised by Boyo and the situation I have encountered, as follows:
(First, will someone please tell me - what is a rootkit? I checked your glossary but it is not listed. As near as I can tell from the context, it may be something ominous planted in a computer, related to a virus.)
Here is my situation:
A few weeks ago when I went into my cookies to delete them, I noticed a file that would not be deleted, and in addition to this, when I attempted to delete the remaining items within my cookie file, they would not delete, but only copied themselves repeatedly. I checked to see if I had been inadvertently hitting copy instead of delete, however, that was not the case. Each time I hit delete, they copied themselves again. unfortunately, I did not figure this out early on, and I ended up with over a thousand cookies which would delete ONLY one at a time. I don't remember now if I tried several different ways to delete them or not - being a little concerned about this strange development, I was willing to play it safe and complete the tedious task. In the end, I had deleted all the cookies, but the one file would not be deleted. Here are the details of the file (which would not let me open it. I copied it to another location thinking perhaps I could open it there, even though I was a bit reticent to try that, but it would not be opened there either.)
It is entitled "index" (without the quotes), and appears to be a data file, assuming this is what DAT File means, the size is 64 KB, and I don't know if this is important to know or not, but it was created April 7, 2005. I purchased this notebook (hppaviliondv1217us) in July as a discontinued floor model, in July, 2005.
I am probably giving more information than anyone needs. Or maybe not enough of the right information. But someone can let me know.
I did have some rather serious vundo issues last fall, but I thought I had resolved everything with that. After that virus experience, (which slipped past Norton anti-virus), I installed McAfee and have been vigilant in my virus checks. My last check was yesterday. Every virus check I have run since ridding my system of the virus last fall has indicated a clean system.
When Boyo began discussing deleting files from his recycle bin manually, I wondered if there is any connection, since, if I am remembering correctly, this is what was also required in my case once I got the cookies into the recycle bin. Everything went to the bin - all the cookies, and that DAT File, but I had to get them out of there independently of the DAT File. Some of his issues seem at least slightly reminiscent of my experience.
Oh, also, when I attempt to open or delete that file, I get the following message: "Cannot delete [or open] index: it is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file ad try again." I thought about trying to get at it and open it from my daughter's computer but was worried about harming my daughter's computer in case there is anything ominous about the file.
I have not always been well protected but I now have ad-aware and spy sweeper and am as diligent about using them as my virus scan.
Any suggestions, thoughts? Wherever my computer ignorance has been revealed, I would welcome enlightenment. Thank you.