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icons suddenly appear on my file names in XP


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#1 XML2005

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 11:00 PM

When I logged in today, I suddenly saw a green checkbox, red exclamation point, or yellow question mark next to each file name on my computer. I've never seen these before. What are they? Am I infected, or what!?!? Or is this nothing to worry about? A screenshot is attached.

Thank you, all.

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:03 PM

Every folder or just this Quicken folder?
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:34 PM

Thanks, all folders are affected. For example, every Outlook file has the red exclamation mark.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:52 PM

Actually, I should qualify that. All data files, but in all folders on my Hard drive. That is, all Intuit (Quicken & Quickbooks) files, even if they're encryted, everything in My Documents and in
Local Settings/Application Data, and Word, Excel & Powerpoint files in other folders on my C: drive; but no program files or shortcuts.

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:19 AM

I honestly do not have a clue. Let's run some scans and see if it's an infection
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Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
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  • Then click Finish.
  • MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
  • On the Scanner tab:
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  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:02 PM

Thanks so much for your help. After much digging, I've just figured it out and it wasn't even an infection.

I ran the anti-malware as you'd suggested, and it found no malware.

Then, I thought of searching the websites of all the programs that do auto-updates on my system, to see if they might have caused it. Sure enough, those icons had been placed there by Mozy Online Backup. I modified my Mozy configuration to get rid of them.

Thanks again for your effort on my behalf. Happy Holidays!

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 04:15 PM

Glad you figured it out
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