>> windows xp is loading a file called oflpydin.sys on startup
>> located in C:\Documents and Settings\DavidW\Local Settings\Temp
>> Browsing through various virus removal forums on the net, I see I am
>> not the only one who has had this entry in the exact same place on
>> the computer.
>> The file's "date modified" changes. When I first noticed it 2 days ago,
>> it was 2/22/2004. Yesterday it was 3/4/2004. Today (2/26/2013) it
>> is 11/11/2004. My computer system date and time is correct.
>> I am not able to copy or delete it (it is in use)
I am quoting parts of (and replying to) my own message because I have an update on my problem, and to save the nice people here some time and hassle so they can devote it to people with real problems.
Maybe I do not have a problem, and my computer is okay.
When I first discovered the "oflpydin.sys" file, I naturally went to Google to research it, and found information like this:
... which all contain bad news. Naturally, I was having kittens over this.
Today, I Googled some more, and dug a little deeper, reading posts that did not contain the word "oflpydin.sys" and just by accident or luck, ran across a post entitled:
"iatmunin.sys An Interesting Discovery-Please, read! "
Of interest are messages:
#4 - Mentions a changing time stamp on their "iatmunin.sys" file (just like my "oflpydin.sys") file. It also mentions files in the user temp folder named SIntf16.dll, SIntf32.dll and SIntfNT.dll, which I also had (but was able to delete with no problem).
#8 - Earlier today, I loaded a copy of "oflpydin.sys" into Notepad, just to take a peek at it. While I knew that it would look like gibberish, some parts of it were quite readable. The poster in message #8 had done the same thing to his "iatmunin.sys" file and posted the results. It looked identical to my file in Notepad.
#21 - And finally, this poster says he found a file in his user temp folder too, except his was called ... yep, you guessed it: "oflpydin.sys".
Other posters mention weirdly named .sys files in their user temp directories, but they all are basically the same file with different names.
These posters feel that this file (and its named variants) are part of a CD copy protection program from an outfit called SecuROM. The inital poster mentioned the creation of this file was associated with the running of a game called "Dawn of War".
I recently had (re)installed a game called "Men or Honor". I could not find any mention of SecuROM in the games docs, but still ... coincidence?
Though I do think that initially I did all the research I could (and based on what I found, posted the problem here), I do apologize for all this, and hope I did not waste anyones time and resources. Hopefully it may be of use to people who find this same type of situation on their computer. I certainly learned a few things from all this.
Presently I am of the opinion that my computer is okay. Differing opinions from the experts would certainly be welcome. The same opinion would be even more welcome
One final note. I read these forums a lot (even before becoming a member) and I am awed by the expertise presented, and am amazed that it is all volunteer work. I try to imagine what it would cost if one took their computer to a repair shop for these types of problems.
In other words ... where is the Donate link?
Thank you for your time,