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#1 XML2005

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 04:44 PM

I regularly clean out my TEMP folders. Recently, a new directory showed up that cannot be deleted. I tried googling to find out what it is, but with no success. I don't know whether it was put there by a legitimate application on my desktop, or by something else.

The directory is named pdk-John (where "John" is my username).
It contains 2 items: a file named 5fe6bfdd9ebfc4d9f299a7fecd62734f.dll, and a sub-directory named 19e26c9d407d5d2e695877d40b8ba245. The sub-directory, in turn, contains a file named perl58.dll. Anyone know what these are, and whether they are safe? Thanks

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 09:21 PM

perl58.dll is a dll file related to perl v5.8.

Perl Source Code Distribution
The Perl Directory at Perl.org
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 01:37 PM

Thanks, Quietman7.

I don't use the Perl language, so I wonder how that got there. Could it have been something to do with Visual Studio (which I do use.)? Should I be worried about how it got on my machine, and about being unable to delete it? Or should I just leave it and forget about it?

Thanks again for your help.

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 01:44 PM

I don't use Perl either and don't know much about it. If you don't have it installed, then get a second opinion on that file.

Go to jotti's virusscan or virustotal.com. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of perl58.dll and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.
Post back with the results of the file analysis.

You can also right-click on the file, choose Properties and examine the General and Version tabs.
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 02:55 PM

The version info told me this file came from ActiveState, a division of Sophos, a software security vendor.

I scanned the files using both websites you recommended, and both came up with nothing. Interestingly, though, virusTotal.com indicated that they first saw this file on Feb 1, the same date the file seems to have been last modified on my system. So the other person who searched for it must have gotten it from the same place I did at the same time; perhaps it came from my automatic Internet security updates.

Thank you again for taking the time to try to help me track this down.

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 03:17 PM

ActiveState, a division of Sophos
http://www.internetsecurityzone.com/Entiti...ision+of+Sophos

That seems to solve the origin of the file. Good job.
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Posted 14 February 2008 - 10:06 PM

Quietman, this forum rocks! Thanks for helping resolve this issue.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 08:07 AM

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