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#1 Tigers1969

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:48 AM

Hi,

My computer (XP Home - version 2002) has been invaded by zip files that I cannot locate to delete. I estimate tens of thousand of these files are now on my C drive, resulting in free space being reduced dramatically. I only know these files exist when I run my AVG anti-virus program and they pop us as objects being scanned.

This problem started soon after I clicked on a zip file after downloading from a file sharing program (Limewire). Soon after I started receiving thousands of zip files to a shared folder, which I deleted daily. However, after eventually removing Limewire and the shared folder from the system I discovered zip files were still being sent to my C drive and stored in C:\Documents and Settings\Windows\Complete\file name.zip:\Video.exe

I cannot find a Complete folder in Documents and Settings\Windows. Searches for *.zip, *.exe and *.video exe have proved fruitless. I've also tried deleting cookies/deleting files and deleting all offline content through the Tools option in Internet Explorer, without any apparent success.

I'm a computer novice, so I hope I have posted enough information and it makes sense! Any help would be much appreciated.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 01:25 AM

That could be a hidden file.
Do you have Windows set to view hidden files?
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#3 Tigers1969

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:04 AM

Thanks for the advice.

I have deleted 50,000 odd zip files from my drive and now I know how to get control them.

Cheers

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:46 AM

If these files continue to appear, you have some malware on your system, most likely from that p2p download. Have you scanned with Ad-AwareSE and Spybot, and do you have a firewall installed?
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 08:40 AM

Hi John,

I've noticed that more of these zip files have arrived. I do have a firewall installed but I haven't scanned with Ad-AwareSe or Spybot yet.

Cheers




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