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#1 mushie

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 01:56 AM

Hopefully pretty self-explanatory, even though seemingly bizarre. Is this some kind of a virus or a programmer's joke or. . .?

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:16 AM

I have not heard of this before so I'm unsure what to make of it just yet. Did you install any new software just prior to this happening? Is there anything inside the folders? And your saying this automatically happens only when creating a new folder which normally is named "New Folder"?

What type of anti-virus are you using and when was the last time you ran a scan? Have you performed any anti-spyware scans? I would recommend you start there first.

In the meantime I'll check around and see if I can find anything. So far a quick search is not finding any similar reports.
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Posted 09 December 2006 - 11:39 AM

do you use a program called "all zip" ?
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Posted 09 December 2006 - 12:24 PM

Good find buddy215. The problem was reported in that thread 5 years ago. Never heard of it before so that sounds like the answer.
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Posted 09 December 2006 - 01:40 PM

Thanks, that was it! Now that I know it is harmless, it is pretty funny. Sure thought I was losing my mind last night, when I made a few new folders and saw "duck, chicken, turkey". Heh. Thanks for the help!!

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 10:17 PM

Now that was one of the wildest. :thumbsup:
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 09:21 AM

:thumbsup: That happened to me last year, when I installed Al Zip. I flipped. LOL
There is a thread on it of mine here at BC somewhere.
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 03:00 PM

Some questions regarding this oddity :flowers:

If the user doesn't want to keep a bird name on the folder, can the name be changed?

Is there or is there not any funny business, other than bird-named folders, going on that shouldn't be: spyware, odd EULA agreement etc.?

Do all folders that created get a bird name, or just those that created in connection with using the All Zip program?

I'm tempted to get the program myself, if I can be certain that its only quirkiness is bird-named folders. I'm a bird watcher :trumpet:

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 06:29 PM

If the user doesn't want to keep a bird name on the folder, can the name be changed?


Yes the name can be changed easily, just as if it was the default windows name of New Folder.

Is there or is there not any funny business, other than bird-named folders, going on that shouldn't be: spyware, odd EULA agreement etc.?


Not that I know of, have had it for a year maybe two and have had no trouble.

Do all folders that created get a bird name, or just those that created in connection with using the All Zip program?


Yes, but just change the name to the one you wish. There may be some setting that you could tweak to prevent it from happening. I don't know I've never looked really. To me it is not that big of a deal. :flowers: When ever you click on desktop and choose "new folder" AlZip has the "bird name" already highlighted ready to delete and then change. I think it is just a silly addition they added for fun.

Since you are a bird watcher, you may get a kick out of seeing the various bird names show. I myself had to look up a couple of them because I had never heard of them. :thumbsup:

Plus it is free. ;)


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Posted 10 December 2006 - 07:40 PM

Thanks Scarlett :flowers:

I've been doing a bit of research on ALZip. I found an article in Wikipedia that said the software was developed in Korea and that 'AL' is a transcription of a Korean word that means 'egg'. I also read in that article that the Korean words used for 'new folder' can also mean 'bird folder.' (I don't think the Korean words appear properly on the page as they show up as question marks which I know is not a Korean letter). I think that is where the English development of the program resulted in bird names for folders: someone with a sense of word fun extended the fun to the folder names. I'll have to ask my Korean students if they know about the program and if indeed the Korean word for 'new' also means 'bird.'

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:19 PM

Your welcome.

How interesting Orange Blossom! :thumbsup: Thanks for sharing.
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