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My Documents Creating Files With ~$ At The Beginning Of The Name

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#1 mcbarton1995


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Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:51 AM

I opened one of my folders in "My Documents" and noticed there were duplicates of a few of the files except that the first 2 letters of the file name had been replaced with ~$. (Example: Kid's List and ~$d's List) I didn't try to open the duplicate file with the funky name in case this is viral. Anyone know what would cause this? I've dealt with trojans and worms in the past and just want to make sure I don't have another. Thanks!!!

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 04:05 PM

Nothing to be overly concerned about. It is a tilde file
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 04:32 PM

Maybe it is just a temporary file created by Microsoft Word.

"Description of how Word creates temporary files":


In the article above, see the following section:

Owner File (Same Directory as Source File)

When a previously saved file is opened for editing, printing, or review, Word creates a temporary file with a .doc file name extension that begins with a tilde (~) followed by a dollar sign ($) followed by the remainder of the original file name. This temporary file holds the logon name of person opening the file and is known as the "owner file."

EDIT: At the very beginning of that article, it states that:

"The temporary files only exist during the current session of Word. When Word is shut down in a normal fashion, all temporary files are first closed and then deleted."

Perhaps you did not "shut down Word in a normal fashion"?

Edited by M..., 11 October 2007 - 04:54 PM.

#4 hamluis



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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:19 PM

My experience is that they are unreadable files which are created usually when I goof up a move or copy transaction. I just delete them, since the originals all exist.


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