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Unexplained Folder Upon Winxp Startup


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#1 USAF TSgt

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:11 PM

Hello all. I am a new poster here although I have used the site before to fix a problem or two. Great thing you have goin' here.

My problem is this; when my puter starts up, I have a folder that pops up. I consider myself pretty computer literate, but this one has me at a standstill.

The folder is C:\Program Files\Windows. There folder is empty and as far as I can tell, there are no hidden items in it. I have checked my startup options in msconfig and couldn't find anything there either. It isn't a major deal right this second, but I don't like it when my computer does something I don't know about.

Any help anyone could give me would be great. :thumbsup:

Computer specs:

Dell XPS 400
2.8 Ghz Dual Core Processor
WinXP Media Center Edition SP2 with all latest updates

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:37 PM

At what point in the startup dose the folder "pop up". Also after checking my computer I have not found a folder in the specified area so I may just be and old program made my Windows that was uninstalled and left the folder behinde
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:47 PM

I don't have a Windows sub-folder in my Program Files. As such, I suspect that this is the remnant of a virus that has been improperly deleted.

What is likely happening is that the program is trying to launch the virus (which used to be in the C:\Program Files\Windows sub-directory) and can't find it - so it launches the Window to help you find it.

So, there's probably a remnant lurking in your startups that causes this behavior. Try this free application to examine your startups, looking for anything that's located in the C:\Program Files\Windows sub-directory. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/Autoruns.mspx
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:56 PM

I would sugjest running Ad-Aware to find any leftover virus
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