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My files keep copying themselves....

by DianKip / October 17, 2004 12:57 PM PDT

If I press Ctrl and then select a number of files, my computer will automatically make copies of those files, no matter what my intention was to do with them. (Hopefully that made sense.) If I want to select a number of files at one time- say to move them or to delete them, my computer will make copies of them automatically without being prompted. I have Windows XP Home edition. This happens with photos, too. I have multiple photos that are marked (by the computer) "Copy of..." or "Copy(2) of..."; all the way to 4 and 5 on some of them, if its something that I moved around a lot. This happens to all types of files as far as I have noticed. Please help!! I've only had this computer since April and I have already filled a 30gig HD more than half way up!

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Tell about your use of AntiVirus and Anti-Spyware tools.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 17, 2004 1:13 PM PDT
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Re: Tell about your use of AntiVirus and Anti-Spyware tools.
by DianKip / October 18, 2004 5:19 PM PDT

I use Norton Antivirus, it is automatically updated. And I use both Spybot and A2 anti-malware. I use the spybot more often than the A2 because it seems to do the trick.
This has gone on since I bought this computer (brand new) I thought that it was a new feature of the XP OS that somehow was supposed to make my life easier. It has only taken me 6 months to figure out that that is not what it is doing.
If I delete files or move them one at a time, it doesn't copy them, it's only when I try to mass select them. Not even just using the ctrl button but also dragging over them with my mouse. Anything that makes the files select more than one at a time.
I know I said differently to begin with, but I have not had to explain a problem in writing before, please forgive.

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Get a second opinion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 18, 2004 10:28 PM PDT

Use HOUSECALL and (online scans) to be sure. While Norton, Spybot and other are good, I'm finding that a longer list of tools is needed to find all today's pests.


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quick way of deleting copies.
by AussiePete / October 17, 2004 8:14 PM PDT

In explorer right click on c\: then select search from the context menu - in the files and folder box enter "copy of" - a list of all these files should be displayed - all you need to do is delete them. Repeat this for "copy(2) of" and so on.
As well as running a spyware and virus programs, check your mouse driver and settings (as well as your keyboard driver if you have a specialised keyboard and/or reinstall drivers and software for these items - i have seen similar problems which have been due to an incorrectly installed mouse driver.

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you didn't say...
by reefurbb / October 19, 2004 1:19 AM PDT

if you have SP1, SP2, standard PS/2 mouse. But Bob is probably more right on about a pest. OR somebody did a strange thing in mouse click properties or XP sub properties???

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