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Root directory folder with gibberish name

by Slackenerny / April 12, 2008 5:48 AM PDT

I see a folder on my C drive with a name that is composed of a whole bunch of gibberish letters and numbers. The folder conbtains a text file with a name that composes of equally gibberish letters and numbers. Can someone please tell me what's the purpose of its existence? I'm starting to suspect it's malcious.

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Exact Information Would Help But...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 12, 2008 5:57 AM PDT could be the recent log file which was created during the Windows Update installation of MSXML 4.0 or 6.0. They were optional updates that came with .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0.

During the update, there was a folder created on the C drive which also contained a text file which had "MSXML", or something similar, in it's file name.

Unfortunately, you've not told us anything about your computer (EXACT name of the folder and file, operating system, etc.) so it's hard to make any other educated guess.

And if you think it's "malicious", have you tried scanning the machine with multiple malware scanners? If so, which ones?

Hope this helps.


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vista sp1 can also leave behind a strange folder
by ramarc / April 12, 2008 8:10 AM PDT

mine is named C:\0ead019a21066a220d9e4cf37932cb\

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What's the difference between anti-virus and anti-malware??
by Slackenerny / April 12, 2008 5:27 PM PDT

Thanks Grif. Sorry I was focusing on my problem so much that I even forgot to give out those basic details!

I'm running XP SP2 with the latest updates installed from MS. The folder in question has the path C:\df632fa7ea548a3b76ff3a2c66d88f21 and the name of the text file is %temp%dd_msxml_retMSI.txt. As you mentioned the text file does contain the part "MSXML", so would that be the log file created during the .NET framework updating process?

I haven't been running any anti-malware on my system, but I have installed Norton antivirus 2003 and have been doing regular scanning. So far it has been saying my system is OK.

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Date of creation of folder ?
by Papa Echo / April 12, 2008 7:43 PM PDT

Right click the folder, then go to properties...What is the date of creation ? Think back-on that date, have you installed anything ? Download anything ? Or otherwise, done what ? That may provide a clue...

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Yep, That Folder Can Be Removed Safely
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 13, 2008 5:49 AM PDT

It was placed there during the installation of the recent "msxml" and "NET Framework" updates and serves no purpose at this time.

As to antivirus vs antimalware, your Norton antivirus program will primarily scan for viruses with a few trojans added for good measure.. There are other tools which will do a better job of detecting spyware and the newer polymorphic trojans that are being released today. It's a good idea to have both. The links below will give you two different FREE antispyware tools. Give them a try:

Ewido/AVG Antispyware 7.5 Tool

SUPERAntispyware Removal Tool

Hope this helps.


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