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Should I be worried? Trying to save a file suddenly directed me to sys32 folder.


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#1 Candentia

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 06:45 PM

I was making an image file recently which I opened from My Pictures as the default folder it usually shows up in, and it's also the default folder that I usually save to. So when I was finished and clicked "Save as..." in the program as usual I figured the window would default to either My Pictures or Desktop because I don't really save the images I make anywhere else.

 

However when the window for saving opened, I suddenly found myself viewing the system32 folder, which immediately caused me to scan with Malwarebytes out of suspicion. It didn't catch anything, and i'm running my antivirus now, but is there any normal circumstance in which this would occur?



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Posted 11 December 2016 - 02:33 PM

Was it only that one time or has it happened more than once. Sometimes you can accidentally change the save to location without realizing it.
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Posted 11 December 2016 - 05:45 PM

What Q'man suggests happens to me all the time. I'm always hunting around for files, mainly due to not paying too much attention to where I am downloading them to. It's difficult (for me at least) to see how malware would be the cause of this issue.


Edited by robby501, 11 December 2016 - 05:47 PM.

Im a rookie and purely recreational pc user. Im utterly obsessed with security (even though I consider myself a safe and law-abiding internet user!) and run a combo of the following freeware security suites.....

Windows Defender/firewall

Regular scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, HitmanPro

 

 

 


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 06:14 PM

Yea...it's happened to me to even with a dedicated download folder which is why I mentioned it.
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Posted 13 December 2016 - 06:56 AM

It's really just because I somehow ended up at the system32 folder, which is kind of farfetched to go into accidentally...about the closest I usually come to that point is when I'm installing something into Program Files.



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Posted 13 December 2016 - 07:54 AM

Yea it's odd but I don't think anything to be concerned about if it happened once or twice. Usually when a computer is infected with malware there most likely will be obvious indications (signs of infection and malware symptoms) that something is wrong.
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Posted 15 December 2016 - 06:21 AM

quietman7 I think the first link there "signs of infection" no longer works. Says the DNS for the site cannot be found



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Posted 15 December 2016 - 07:14 AM

I have fixed (replaced) that link with a working one.
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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:58 AM

This happened to me in the past too. Not sure if this means the computer could be infected or maybe could be a bug of the operative system.



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Posted 23 December 2016 - 07:10 AM

As I noted.

...Usually when a computer is infected with malware there most likely will be obvious indications (signs of infection and malware symptoms) that something is wrong.


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