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#1 cynical_guy

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 08:07 AM

Windows 7 Computer.

 

Just looking at my windows files, and noticed one I hadn't seen before.  "patch.loag"  Googled many file extension sites but found nothing at all.   Computer runs fine, just curious if it's good, bad, or otherwise.

 

Here is the file properties:     Name:  patch.loag    Type:  LOAG File   Folder path:  C:\Windows   Size 70 bytes   Date created/modified:  8/30/2010                             

 

Can I just delete it? 

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 08:27 AM

A few people have asked about it without conclusions - is there anything identifiable contained in the file if you load it into notepad?

I'd expect it's an odd variant of a patch log, and could probably be deleted.

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 07:59 PM

Hi.  Identifiable?  Yeah, gibberish  :lol: .  It looks like I got it correctly into notepad.  Here are the contents.

 

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 C : \ W i n d o w s       $            ô‹óCòB“gÞ(ü#   •       ‰   1SPSâŠXF¼L8C»ü“&˜mÎm          .   S - 1 - 5 - 2 1 - 2 0 8 9 4 4 1 2 4 7 - 2 7 6 8 2 7 1 2 4 1 - 9 9 5 5 6 9 8 4 8 - 1 0 0 1           `      X       atheist          ¹“Ó”J‡Ñž¼?•z£ ‘<ëå%æâ &-G2… ¹“Ó”J‡Ñž¼?•z£ ‘<ëå%æâ &-G2…  

 

I get this right?  I scan the file with Norton, mbam, and superantispyware, checked ok.

 

Thank You Platypus for taking time to answer, unlike Microsoft.

Fred



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Posted 29 May 2016 - 09:27 PM

No worries. I'm thinking it's just a leftover from an old update, possibly Adobe Reader, since a Google search shows one other poster looked in their file and it said that, and one piece of the gibberish in yours fed into Google finds some reference to Adobe Reader X. Other than that, its name just seems to appear in postings of logs that report every file in people's Windows folder, usually 70 bytes like yours. So it looks to me like something that sometimes gets left on systems.

If you have any remaining concerns about it, you could submit the file to VirusTotal, or post in our Am I Infected forum, but I think you could just delete it.

Edited by Platypus, 29 May 2016 - 09:28 PM.

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