Posted 14 February 2007 - 07:10 PM
A little behind the times, but there isn't much else out there on the "Joudres" ADS issue.
I found the same thing attached to every single *image* file on my machine. There are two ADS files attached, one named Q30lsldxJoudresx(nnnn) and the other name is an ID string.
Using Microsoft's stream.exe tool, I deleted the ADS files from the images, no problems. (To find the tool, do a search on "sysinternals" from the microsoft.com main page. (use the tools at own risk/system damage/lost data/etc., etc.))
After cleaning, I viewed the one of the image folders in Explorer, viewing the file list as 'details.' I then switched to the 'thumbnail' view, and the ADS files magically returned. I went into selected folders and tried switching some to Thumbnail view, and leaving others alone. The ADS files reappeared whenever I used Thumbnail view.
So, on my system, the Joudres file(s) seem to be associated with the thumbnail view in Explorer, and appear to be serve a completely benign journaling or indexing function.
Just a word of caution...there are completely legit programs that attach little notes/journals to a file's ADS stream, such as editors, backup software, system utilities, and the like. If you wipe out those ADS files with streams.exe (easy to do, btw), you lose potentially valuable info. I found that out the hard way by deleting the ADS files attached to essential documents.
One good thing to come of this is that I did lots of reading on ADS as a result.