Downloaded files deleted AUTOMATICALLY!!

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Thread Starter
Aug 27, 2004
Hi everyone,
I have a serious problem with my downloads. I use a download manager (Download Accelerator, then later Mass Downloader because of those annoying ads and DAP's annoying behaviour of just dialing my ISP automatically to download even more ads at the most inconvenient times).
Well, last night, I added some programs to Mass Downloader's project list, set it to auto-disconnect and auto-shutdown after download completion, and let it there through the night to finish all those downloads (125+ MB), then I woke this morning to check Mass Downloader's progress, well all the stuff was marked "complete" and downloaded except for Dune (an old game) which needed 5 minutes more to be completed,....
5 minutes later, I return to find my computer disconnected and shut-down normally, but when I start it and open Mass Downloader, it marks more than half the stuff I spent the night downloading as "Ready to be downloaded" as if NOTHING had happened the whole time !!! I open my download folder to find more than half my downloaded stuff disappeared !!!
I downloaded [email protected] Undelete (to a separate hard drive of course) and scanned my hard drive and found absolutely NOTHING, not even a filename deleted from my download folder !!!!
From what I understand from Mass Downloader's Online Help, the program creates "filename.ext.mass" files while they are downloading and renames them to "filename.ext" when they are completed....
But I can't find any of the missing stuff or the ".mass" files, could this be a virus??? I am using ZoneLabs Security Suite 5.1 AntiVirus Updated to the latest definitions and (of course) its firewall, I scanned my system using SpyBot and Ad-Aware SE (all updated to the latest definitions) but nothing !!
Please help me !! I don't think I can bear to download all of that stuff AGAIN!!! I am on 56K Dial-UP and its excruciatingly SLOOOOOW!!!
Isn't there a way to get my files back or something without going through the process AGAIN!!, also is the problem with Mass Downloader?? With DAP, this didn't happen.
I am using a dual-boot system (WinXP Pro-Win98SE) and this occured on Windows 98.
There is also another thing, sometimes on Windows XP, I see a strange process running in my "Task Manager" called (~wowexec.exe), is that a virus?
Finally, sometimes I see random files from my Temporary Internet Files in my download folder that are HTML files pointing to pages I visited before and somtimes I see an HTML file disguised as an MP3 file in my downloads folder, when I delete them and reboot they reappear.

I am currently running Windows 98 SE after the incident and here is my HiJackThis Log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 12:43:13 PM, on 9/1/04
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by PC Magazine
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS.98\SYSTEM\MSDXM.OCX
O3 - Toolbar: PopUpCop - {DB43E4E6-FF8A-4018-8C8E-F68587A44A73} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\POPUPCOP\POPUPCOP.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [internat.exe] internat.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ScanRegistry] C:\Windows.98\scanregw.exe /autorun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TaskMonitor] C:\Windows.98\taskmon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS.98\SYSTEM\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS.98\SYSTEM\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CARPService] carpserv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [POINTER] point32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [SchedulingAgent] mstask.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [NVSvc] C:\WINDOWS.98\SYSTEM\nvsvc.exe -runservice
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [TrueVector] C:\WINDOWS.98\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE -service
O4 - Startup: CoreCenter.lnk = C:\Program Files\MSI\Core Center\CoreCenter.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Open Image in New Window - res://C:\Program Files\PopUpCop\popupcop.dll/imagenew
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmtrans.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: + &Mass Downloader: download this file - C:\PROGRAM FILES\MASS DOWNLOADER\Add_Url.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: + Mass Downloader: download &All files - C:\PROGRAM FILES\MASS DOWNLOADER\Add_All.htm
O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS.98\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS.98\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\WINDOWS.98\SYSTEM\MSJAVA.DLL
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\WINDOWS.98\SYSTEM\MSJAVA.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Wallpaper - {c23dd370-cb79-11d2-898a-00c04f80a47f} - C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Toolbar\toolbar.hta
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Toolbar Wallpaper - {c23dd370-cb79-11d2-898a-00c04f80a47f} - C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Toolbar\toolbar.hta
O9 - Extra button: Mass Downloader - {0FD01980-CCCB-11D3-80D4-0000E80E2EDE} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\MASS DOWNLOADER\massdown.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Mass Downloader - {0FD01980-CCCB-11D3-80D4-0000E80E2EDE} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\MASS DOWNLOADER\massdown.exe

Please help! Also, if I can't get my downloads back, I want to know what caused this and how to prevent it from ever happening to me again.


Thread Starter
Aug 27, 2004
I have a dual-boot system WinXPProSP2_Win98SE so I have NTFS partitions on my hard drive that I need to access via Windows 98SE sometimes, so I use a NTFS driver from Winternals software called "NTFS for Windows 98" that allows me to access my NTFS partitions and they appear in my Windows Explorer normally alongside my FAT32 partitions that W98SE normally "sees".
I have discovered that my NTFS driver behaves in a very strange way while writing to the NTFS partitions on Win98SE, it seems as if the driver doesn't write to the hard disk but instead to the cache, Windows 98 "thinks" that the files have been written to disk (apparently), so they appear normally in Windows Explorer, but a reboot flushes the cache that apparently doesn't get written to disk, so any files written to the NTFS parition are gone..not deleted but GONE as if nothing had happened!! Using Data Recovery tools ([email protected] Undelete, Advanced Scan) shows no traces whatsoever of any files ever been written to the hard drive at all...
I have been able to reproduce the problem several times....thus confirming the problem to the NTFS driver and successfully isolating my Mass Downloader from any problems, it happens with DAP too and WIndows Explorer, well just about anything that "writes" to the NTFS parition under Windows 98,
As evident from my screenshot, there is an option in the NTFS for Windows 98 settings under "Advanced..." that says "Write-Through" which seems to be activated, but I don't understand what that means, online help says it controls the behavior of the cache somehow, but I don't know exactly what it does.
I hope anyone can reply to me and clue me on this, also should I switch NTFS drivers, and if necessary, would anyone recommend a good NTFS driver for me??

Here is the screenshot:


Thread Starter
Aug 27, 2004
Well, I need Windows 98SE because of my game oldies... (Doom2, Need For Speed 2, WarCraft,...etc.) that simply refuse to run under Windows XP Professional, also, I maintain a single folder on a NTFS partition for anything I download from the Web, I sometimes download a few game demos from the web using my download manager (DAP then Mass Downloader) which defaults to this folder and then I reboot under 98 to run them, just to find out I have to reboot again....How annoying!!, so I started using the NTFS driver to access my NTFS partition under 98SE, also I sometimes download stuff from the internet under 98SE and I do like to keep all of my downloads to the same folder, and I had somehow discovered that NTFS for Windows 98 allows me to write to the drive ( I later discovered) so I used it to download a lot stuff under 98SE, I could see the stuff in my download folder (NTFS), so great but after a reboot on W98SE, the files are completely gone, not even traces of deletion as later [email protected] Undelete showed me...

Anyway, I set the NTFS driver to Read-Only, so now I can't write to the NTFS drive (It's better to have Win98SE tell me that the drive is write-protected than me blaming myself for the consequences...) and have established a new download folder on a FAT32 partition...

Currently, I want to somehow make Windows XP copy all new files from my Windows 98 Download folder to the original download folder (NTFS) on reboot
but I'm not experienced with JScripting or programming...

Isn't there a program that could do this...Its annoying to each time open up Windows Explorer (in XP) to do this each time I download anything under 98...
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