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The Mysterious ~ Desktop File of Death. (Computer ?)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Thor, Oct 5, 2005.


  1. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Last week I noticed a unusual new file on the desktop of my home computer with the name ~. No .ext, so it had the generic windows icon. I deleted it.

    Last night it was back. The properties evidence a 190kb file,
    with no other information. I changed the .ext to a text file
    and viewed it, but it was just gibberish. I then deleted it again.

    My work computer used to evidence this weird file on the desktop, but not anymore. I know when we had this happen
    at work it kept coming back. Some contract IT guy cured it
    during a weekend conversion or something, no one knows.

    My home operating system (Win98) was recently reinstalled as I had gotten a virus that was a month old, even though I had a fully live-updated Norton Anivirus installed, so it was clean as of up to 2 weeks ago.

    Does anyone know what this file is, or have any experience
    with this? Malware, spyware, virus, any ideas? A quick fix?

    Thanks,

    Thor
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    It's just a temporary file saved by Windows applications in case of mishap - when it can then be recovered by the application.

    I usually get these from MS Word...?

    Nothing to worry about!
     
  3. run an anti virus scan, google the file name, check symantec web site for info. Sounds like a virus, or potentially spyware also. Try ad-aware scan also.

    Randy
     
  4. Flanders

    Flanders

    Oct 30, 2002
    Reno, NV
    Look in your task list to see if there is ~2, ~1, ~6, running. Also look in start menu for the same. I had a virus like this once.
     
  5. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I found this one time on a website.... It may be a temp file from your Addy book from OE or Outlook....

    Either that or quit looking at pRon! :D
     
  6. Knew it was coming...
     
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I said something like this - but got ignored! :meh:
     
  8. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah, me too, he shaved his head and lost his mind ...
    ------

    Bruce, I know what you are thinking of,
    when you have an active Word file open, and
    look at the folder it is in it will show
    ~activefile.doc in the list.

    This is a file written to the desktop, with the
    name '~' and no .doc ext or extension of any kind.
    But I appreciate your input, thank you.
     
  9. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    It's so easy to ignore some people here....did you say something, Bruce?

    :D :D :D
     
  10. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I'm almost positive it's the OE or Outlook temp file for the addy book...I had the same problem, but I then stopped looking at persionkitty....

    :D
     
  11. AHA! So it IS a virus. Seems to be a variant of the Windows 98 virus. Told you so!

    Randy
     
  12. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah, I have heard of google. But I googled ~ and not 'tilde'.

    You are very Smott! Must be sumpin' in the water in that
    river down there.


    ~ Mystery File of Death solved. Thank you.
     
  13. No it's not a virus. The file is created as a result of a bug in a patch released in response to a vulnerability.
     
  14. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Oh, regarding using Norton... Norton is mostly harmless when it comes to virii. There are free antivirus programs which have caught things norton never even saw.
     
  15. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Care to share any of those? I found Norton worse than useless
    based on my last experience.
     
  16. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I think the virus was planted by the Qintar.

    Maybe I need to get the A.S.S. in gear
     
  17. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I KNEW THE QINTAR WAS INVOLVED!!!

    Round em' up, jive...
     
  18. Will you stop with the QINTAR thing.

    (mainly because I don't get it :meh: )
     
  19. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL