Mod Edit: Merged separate topics, same issue ~ Hamluis.
I started this topic in Am I Infected? and thought that I had resolved it. It does not appear to be a virus, or so we thought in that thread. TDSSkiller found nothing.
It appears that perhaps the use of Ccleaner to clean the registry (which I have been thoroughly chastised for doing, and will not do again)may have caused this.
The run up to the problem goes like this. About 5 days ago, I began to notice that the selected image for a folder in thumbnail view was changing, particularly when changes were made within that folder. Usually the creation of a new subfolder or the moving of files in or out of the folder would cause this. As well, when creating New Folders, they would sometimes be created with an image already selected. Often, but not always, this would be the last image handled.
I attempted to download a folder fix tool from MS, which required upgrading my system's .net framework from 1.1 to 3.5. However doing this seem to cause issues with my computer, causing the action light to run almost continually. I therefore did not run the folder fix tool. Coupled with an incompatibility with IE8 and a new update from AVG Free (the Safe Search Add-on began crashing my homepage Google, upon the initial activation of IE8, which would then recover and open the page), I decided to restore my system. I tried a few different restore points to find the best configuration. After doing this, I noticed that my system volume information/restore was taking up 30GB. I ran a disk clean, to restore that space to the hard drive, wiping out all the other restore points.
While this resolved the system performance issue, it did not resolve the Folder Image issue. (AVG still crashes IE8 if google is the homepage, upon initialization, but I have disabled the add-on, trusting to Spywareblaster.)
Thinking that perhaps Ccleaner had erased something from the registry I restored the registry. As said before, I had restored the system to an earlier date... in particular 4/14/2011. The first time I had used Ccleaner on the registry was 4/13/2011. I had backed up the registry prior to my initial usage of Ccleaner. Clicking on the .reg file copied its contents back into the registry. I assumed that this would reverse any registry changes ever made with Ccleaner.
This did not work either.
I went into My Documents Tools and restored the default for the folder, applied, removed remember settings, applied. Reapplied my settings, and reclicked remember settings, and applied. This seem to fix the issue at first.
While moving files into or out of does not normally aiter the source folder's image for the most part, it sometimes will upon first handling a folder. Not always, but sometimes.
It seems that sometimes when I create a New Folder, for the first time after startup, it comes with a randomly selected image. If I restore the default for that new folder, it appears that subsequent New Folders are created normally. However, neglecting to do this, creates other New Folders with prepopulated images.
I've now also noticed that folders which do not have a customize option, particularly Windows & Programs within C:Drive are now populating images. I have found that some of their subfolders were populating images, but was able to restore their defaults.
While doing this, I noticed that the folder was mimicking the preview.
Usually, I have found, once an image or lack thereof is applied, the source folder image should change immediately. Sometimes this does not happen until leaving the view of the folder and returning. Sometimes it does not happen at all. Sometimes the folder icon must be returned to default first.
Unless this really is a virus, a strange acting one at that... I can only think that somehow my folder preferences file has become corrupted.
Anyone have any idea what is going on, and/or how to fix this once and for all?
XP Pro SP3
Edit: I am also noticing that other view preferences may randomly change. Thumbnail as my default changes to filmstrip or icon. Auto arrange as default changes to Show in Groups.
Edited by hamluis, 22 May 2011 - 05:50 PM.