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#1 TheAnt

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 03:15 PM

Running SP3, I opened My Computer today and noticed that under my drives there's a blank-named, missing-icon file in the folder. I have no idea what it is but it seems as though it's a system file/folder, apparently from Control Panel.

I have visual documentation as well of this mystery file:
http://i55.tinypic.com/2e516yw.png
http://i51.tinypic.com/2rrm80m.png

As you can see from the first file, the only options I have are 'Cut', 'Create Shortcut' and 'Delete.' Cut doesn't actually cut the file as I'm unable to paste it anywhere else afterward. Create Shortcut attempts to make a shortcut on the desktop, which then fails. Finally, as shown in picture two, Delete prompts me that if I delete it, I can restore it later using the Control Panel, but I have no idea what it is.

Any ideas as to what this may be? I attempted to System Restore to the last couple of restore points, each made over the past two days, but both System Restores failed and I'm certain any later ones will also fail.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 03:37 PM

IMO...the key question is whether all drives attached/installed...are accurately depicted in My Computer.

What does Disk Managment reflect?

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Edited by hamluis, 14 September 2011 - 03:41 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2011 - 06:32 PM

Well I enabled the Control Panel to be viewed in My Computer, but the file is still there, right below Control Panel.

All drives are healthy and securely installed. There are no unknown drives, I recognize everything.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:30 AM

IMO, the fact that you have SR failures and this anomaly...would suggest that something is amiss with your system.

Ignoring the possbility of malware, I would try doing either a repair install or running the sfc /scannow command.

I would run the chkdsk /r command before doing either...it could just be a file system anomaly...there doesn't seem to be much to go on what has transpired or why.

Start/Run...type chkdsk /r and hit Enter. Type Y in new screen and hit Enter. Reboot, the command will execute before booting into Windows.

System manufacturer and model?

Louis




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