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horsefan

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I went to C:\Windows today and discovered hundreds of files called bvm files.They usually are followed by a number and a letter with some spaces e.g. bvm 2 t. When you place the cursor on one it displays a name of what appears to be an internet site. They seem sort of like cookies. The time period appears to be October 2004 (I've had the computer much longer than that) to the present. Anyone know what these are, why I am getting them and if I can delete them with no harm? Appreciate the advice.
 

horsefan

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bvm2_t_CARLSON'S+FISH+OIL351.xml

They are not confined to one web site. It seems like there is a file for every website I visited. The above is one example. When I click on one to try to open it I receive a message that "the xml file cannot be displayed."

They are in C:\Windows
 
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They are just .xml files (Extensible Markup Language Files), but the source is the worry.

I would initially suspect that you may have some spyware running, that is creating a history of sites visited?
 
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I agree with Kiwi

SpywareBlaster http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
AdAware SE http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html
SpyBot S&D 1.3 http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

DL them (they are free), install them, check each for their
definition updates
and then run AdAware and Spybot, fixing anything
they say.

In SpywareBlaster - Always enable all protection after updates
SpyBot - After an update run immunize

Do these and reboot before the next step.

Then get HiJack This http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html, put
it in a permanent folder (C:\HJT) , run it , DO NOT fix anything, post the
log here.
 
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