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Posted 27 February 2017 - 12:45 AM
Posted 27 February 2017 - 12:46 AM
Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:29 PM
Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:52 AM
I can't speak for all operating systems, but I know Linux is less strict on its file names than Windows is. In fact, the first time I plugged my thumb drive into a Windows machine after it had been in a Linux machine, I noticed a few new files that were not there before. I cant speak at all for a Mac. It is possible the drive is being used with multiple OS's. If you are still concerned, it wont hurt to scan it for viruses and malware to put your mind at ease. I like to use https://www.trendmicro.com/en_us/forHome/products/housecall.html to guarantee that my local AV is not compromised. You can also check the file itself with https://www.virustotal.com/
If I am wrong, I hope someone will correct me.
Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:09 AM
Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:01 AM
I know the file name you used was an example and I am sure you are aware of the dangers of P2P file sharing, let alone the legalities.
With that said and assuming (I hate to assume anything) you, your niece, or some one known by one or both of you is sharing movies. No matter how many times you scan the downloaded files. They could still be infected. 1000's of new viruses and malware are written everyday in comparison to the ones discovered. Is your information worth the risk?
It is indeed very strange that it does that. I wish I had an exact answer, but the possibilities are end endless. Without knowing the exact filename it is hard to determine the route to take. If the file is indeed downloaded. I can't think of any way of knowing the naming convention used to even guess why it is adding the extra  (hidden character).
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