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Files snuck onto computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Aserrann, Feb 17, 2007.

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  1. Aserrann

    Aserrann Thread Starter

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    A short while ago, I found several files(the kind that are inappropriate for anyone under 18) on my laptop that I didn't put there. I go to college, so its possible someone put it there as a joke. What confuses me is that there were files in the recycle bin that I don't remember deleting. Are there any ways for a file to go the recycle bin without my deleting it?
    The OS is Windows XP Pro, and there are a few directories shared. I am usually connected to the campus wide, unsecured wireless network.
     
  2. techkid

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    Well, it wouldn't surprise me if it was someone playing tricks on you (or, more likely, trying to remove tracks of their activities...). As far as I know, it's not possible to save files to the Recycle Bin, so I say it's the latter.

    Remember, though. Your laptop is only as secure as you make it, and a college campus is not the safest place to leave it where it can be seen and used by other people.
     
  3. Gibbs

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    You can create and save files in the recycle bin ;)
     
  4. 1101doc

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    I would immediately:
    1) Go through full anti-malware removal procedure.
    2) Stop all file sharing.
    3) Change my password.
    4) Start using my laptop as a pillow.
     
  5. techkid

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    Really? I tried, and as far as I got was to the Recycler folder, not to the Recycle Bin itself.
     
  6. Daredeval756

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    I'd take it to the secruity section and run HJT.

    • Click here to download HJTsetup.exe
    • Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.
    • Doubleclick on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
    • By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
    • Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialogue.
    • Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
    • Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
    • At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
    • Click on the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. It will scan and the log should open in notepad.
    • Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
    • Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
    • DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

    Be patient and a security expert will be along to assist you with this shortly. They can be identified by the gold badge next to their name.
     
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