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a question about files being uploaded to my PC


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#1 rhoadesb

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 03:16 PM

First before I forget, I want to thank all the knowledgeable people here at Bleeping for helping folks like me.

How can one tell:

a> what subdirectory the files being uploaded are going to?

b> how can one tell what they are?

c> how can one tell where they are coming from?

Any or all answers appreciated,

Thank you.

Edited by rhoadesb, 15 January 2011 - 03:16 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 03:18 PM

What, exactly, are we talking about? Uploaded from where?

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 05:17 PM

That is part c of my questions.

I have windows updates shut off temporarily, and there are no large (20-30 meg have been uploaded) updates required at this time. I am suspicious and curious.

If it's malicious, no problem. Right now I'm only playing chess on that PC. I want to understand this better before I eliminate malware, if it is such or reformat. There is a chance someone is trying to upload porn for storage or something. I have used Malwarebytes, etc. before. I'm looking for the answers to my questions...if there are any.

So .... please advise if you can, and thanks.

Edited by rhoadesb, 15 January 2011 - 05:18 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 05:22 PM

I'm sorry, I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 05:26 PM

Not a problem Allan. Someone else likely will.

If logical, there is a way to tell where the uploaded stuff is coming from, what sub it's going to, and even what it is. I just don't know it.

Edited by rhoadesb, 15 January 2011 - 05:27 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 05:26 PM

If you're using Windows Vista or 7 you can do a search for files that have been recently changed...

Open Windows Explorer (ie My Doucuments, My Computer..) , hit F3
In the drop-down menu that pops up you can select a search filter to search for files that have been modified recently.

Edited by Dmacf10, 15 January 2011 - 05:26 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 05:46 PM

Thanks.

The results are inconclusive. I see what looks ... unusual ... but no 20-30 or more megs. If malware, it may be hidden in some fashion. I may try a boot time scan with Avast and see what turns up. I'm just surprised that the administrator of a PC cannot get the answers to my questions in a couple mouse clicks. I should think it would normally be that easy, but maybe not.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:27 AM

Final update, for whatever it is worth, to help others:

I ended up reformatting and reinstalling. I was convinced it was something unwanted doing who knows what. I'm going to have to purchase something like Acronis as was recommended to me here. It's just too much hassle reinstalling.

Thanks again for your help. If nothing else, you helped me think.




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