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desktop.ini and folder.htt questions

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#1 azia


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Posted 03 February 2005 - 02:11 AM

:flowers: hi everyone! i'm glad i'm a member now of this forum.
we've just formatted our pc because of some so-called virus. i'm not sure if it's a virus indeed or not. our pc before have lots of desktop.ini and folder.htt. are those things considered as virus? our classmates said so. every folder in our pc before have desktop.ini and folder.htt but when we have formatted it, it only shows 3 or 4 desktop.ini. so what do you think? when we use diskette (which we also use at home)on the pc in our school, it detects a virus. i forgot the virus name but it says that it has something to do with the desktop.ini that was found in the diskette. I don't know why desktop.ini and folder.htt were found in the diskette when i didn't saved them. we don't have updated virus scanner at home, we only have 2004 version but our pc doesn't have internet connection that's why the virus scanner at home doesn't detect the virus that was detected when we're in school.

if folder.htt and desktop.ini are virus indeed, is there a way to remove it? we've tried deleting it and it shows that it was deleted, but when we try to refresh it, those things are there again! :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 06:42 AM

No they are not virus' at all. Only Windows files within your system. It may be possible though that the desktop.ini is infected by a virus.

The Desktop.ini file is a text file that allows you to specify how a file system folder will be viewed.

Folder.htt is a HyperText Template file containing HTML code that individually or globally customizes the display of folder contents when Internet Explorer 4.0x (IE) is installed.

Edited by scarlett, 04 February 2005 - 02:53 PM.

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 07:35 AM

You may be right about those files being a virus. This Norton Webpage talks about a virus that uses those files and it moves around on floppies. That information is very technical.

The presence of the file MSkernel32.con or MSkernel.con is a sign of possible infection.

See if you can find those files on your computer at home.

It is very easy to get a virus at school when everone is using floppies at home and at school.

Download Stinger if you can and run it at home. It will fit on a floppy and can clean many viruses.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 06:26 AM

thank you both so much :thumbsup: . i will try the stinger when i get home. thanks again :flowers:

Edited by azia, 05 February 2005 - 06:27 AM.

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