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Unexplained internet shortcut on desktop

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#1 Fishbed


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Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:10 AM

(I'm putting this topic here because I don't know where else it should go.)

I have found a file on my desktop I have no explanation for, that seems to have appeared by itself. It is an internet shortcut labelled simply "+" and the URL it links to is "javascript:void(0);". Examining the properties doesn't reveal anything else, besides the fact that it was created 7 hours ago and "accessed" about 90 minutes ago.
I did not deliberately create this file, and I don't know if it was possible to make it by accident. I have not tried opening it and scanning it with Malwarebytes AntiMalware shows nothing. Is this something that might indicate a virus or some such problem, or is it more likely it was created accidentally/automatically and I am making a fuss over nothing?

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:33 AM

Have you noticed any other symptoms? If not, then I'd guess that what happened is that you inadvertently dragged a link from your browser onto the desktop. This would create a shortcut to that link. Many websites use Javascript in their links to provide advanced functionality, so a link to Javascript:void(0); could have come from any number of websites (Google, Facebook, Yahoo, even here at BC.)

This isn't to say that a good full scan with your antivirus isn't worthwhile, of course. :thumbup2:

A fun fact:

In Javascript, the function void(0); is the shortest possible program. The only thing it does it immediately exit. Even if you were to open the shortcut, it wouldn't do anything.

Edited by Andrew, 21 December 2011 - 12:37 AM.

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