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Please help (something funky going on)

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by bombboyz, Sep 29, 2003.

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  1. bombboyz

    bombboyz Thread Starter

    Sep 27, 2003
    Every day or so I keep getting a file that appears on my desktop.
    It has no extension, it's just named " ~ ". I opened it with note pad an it seems to be some kind of encoded copy of the info in my address book. The creation time of this file seems to coincide with the time that I am using Outlook. If I delete the file it just reappears every other day or so. I am running xp pro, norton system works, symantecs firewall, I run ad-aware daily. Virus scan picks up nothing. I did post a hijackthis log and some one responded that it looked OK. Any idea on what is creating this file?
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
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    it's due to one of the updates to IE/OE that M$ put out a few months ago. what happens is that the backup for your address book is sent to the desktop as well as the application data folder

    this normally only happens when you change or add any addresses to the book,

    don't worry about it, just delete it from desktop and M$ will eventually get round to fixing the problem. (pigs might fly first though, or GW Bush will leave Iraq first)
  3. normmork


    Oct 4, 2002
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