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I Have Invisible Files In Empty Folders


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#1 joe blow

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 01:43 AM

Hi,

I downloaded some videos from a site I thought was safe, (according to site advisor). When I deleted the videos I noticed that when I put my cursor over the floder that had contained them it said, "folder is empty 28 kilobytes". It seemed strange that an empty folder would have 28 kilobytes in it so I scaned the folder with avg anti virus and anti spyware. They came back clean but said that they had scanned two files in the supposedly empty folder. There is nothing in the folder when I click on it. My computer is set to show hidden files and folders.

Is this a sign that my computer may be infected with something?

A similar thing happened a while ago after I downloaded some photos from the flickr web site.

I have also tried a few online scans, Trend, Mcafee and Symantec they were all clean

Also while I was surfing your site a web site called stop-sign loaded up. Is this something to do with your site or is it another sign of infection.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 06:27 AM

I downloaded some videos from a site I thought was safe, (according to site advisor).

Then what makes you think they were unsafe and needed to be removed.

I scaned the folder with avg anti virus and anti spyware. They came back clean but said that they had scanned two files in the supposedly empty folder.

Where is the folder located and were you able to get a name for whatever was scanned? Have you tried to delete or rename the folder?

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 07:35 AM

You are most likely seeing either a file that is the thumbnail directory, or perhaps a maintenance file from another graphic application (e.g., Picasa).
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 08:22 AM

Your probably right on target jgweed. I know that the Jpegger Image viewer saves a hidden thumbnail cache in jpeggeri.dat files in every folder it is used.
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Posted 27 May 2007 - 01:41 AM

Hi,

Thanks for the replys.

I deleted the videos only because I no longer wanted them. The folder they were in was a folder I had created in the "my videos" folder, and I was able to delete it.

When I scanned the folder with avg it just said "two files scanned", it did not say what they were.

The main reason that I was worried was that the files were invisible even though my computer is set to show hidden files and folders. If you don't feel that this is a cause for concern then I guess it should be ok.

Thanks again for the help.

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 07:54 AM

Your welcome.
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