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Empty Folders Appearing in C:\ (not hex)


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#1 Hammer-time

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:31 PM

Greetings

I'm looking for assistance on an issue, I have a couple of Windows 7 machines that have suddenly had several empty folders appear in the root directory of the c drive.

The odd part about it, they are all labelled <computername>.1234 or four to five seemingly random numbers. They aren't a jumble of hex numbers that I'd expect from Windows Update in XP (which is pretty much the only thing google has spat out for me on this issue). I'm trying to find out if this is a virus or what sort of software might be creating these folders. I did a full MBAM of the system, as well as a full GMER scan, and gave it a shot with TDSSKiller as well a Sophos AV and they have all found nothing. I also took a look using process explorer and autoruns and I didn't find anything suspicious as far as I could tell so I don't think it's malicious. I just want to figure out what could be creating them, or if anyone had heard of this issue.

Any thoughts?

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:32 PM

Hi -
Could you post a screen shot, or a link to an ImgShack picture of these folders when you try to open them ??
You can always partially blank the computer name if you are concerned about privacy, it is just the numbering system that may help -

Thank You -

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:42 AM

Sure, my apologies, it seems to be an underscore, not a dot and it's five digits.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

No ideas I take it?

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:51 PM

Such folders may possibly be created by backup software or some other program which utilizes temporary folders, which are subsequently emptied of contents.

Looking at the dates...I see that you haven't tried deleting them. I would do that.

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