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Using xp home, sp2, all updates. Single user.

I save business Screen Shots as JPG files.

Occasonially I let my grown children use my computer.

I would like to hide the business JPG files so they could not be found by Win/Search.

I tried changing the JPG extension of the file to "000" and "XXX"

SOME ( not all) of the files still show up with " *.JPG Search", showing the 000 or XXX extension and PSP WILL OPEN them like they were JPG files.

What can I do to prevent these from showing up with a *.JPG Search?



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Re: my own files

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I don't see why a search for *.jpg would show any *.xxx file. Something must be wrong, either in the way you do it, or in your computer.

Still, all you've got to do is indicated by the first line of your post: create multiple users. If you make an account for your children (either one account for each one, or one for all of them together) or let them use the special Guest account, they will be unable to see any of your files. Not only your jpg-files will be unreachable, but also all of your mail and documents and IE-history.

Three things to note:
1. Don't give them administrative capabilities or they would be able to see everything.
2. Anybody knowing the password of the system administrator account (which is empty by default) can grab the ownership of all files, if knows how to do it.
3. As an extra security measure you can make your My Documents folder 'personal' as described in Then not even administrators aren't allowed access.

The big question to me: why did you opt for single user if so obviously it doesn't work for you in your situation.


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A better option

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Different user accounts is a good idea, but an even better one is combining it with a good backup system. ALWAYS make sure you have important data backed up, so in case you, or your kids, accidentally do something stupid with the computer, you've got copies elsewhere.

Of course, even better than different users, is different computers. Having a system solely for business use, and then another one that is for everything else, is better. Combine that with the regular backups idea, and you're really set.

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(NT) Or removable storage.

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In reply to: Or removable storage.

Thanks for the replies.

Anyone using my computer would be only occasionally and they are adults. ( no porn sites of stuff like that )

My real question should have been ......
WHY is Windows Search bringing up the *.000 file when I am searching for JPG files. (using win xp hpme, sp2, auto updates)

The "000" files will be listed in a folders that originally was ALL JPG files until I removed the "JPG" and changed it to "000". (there might be 12 "JPG" files and five ".000" files in the same folder, all will show up in a Windows Search.)

Also, why in the world is PSP opening the ".000" or ".XXX" file if I click on it when when using PSP???

Thanks again,


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Try deleting the thumbnail cache from the folder after you rename them. Does that change anything?

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found answer...

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Thanks sheilakmcd,

Tried that, no help.

I tried renaming all the files to be JPG files and rebooted. Then renamed half of the files with "000" and found for some reason the folder had 4 extra files with names of ... psptest1, psptest2, psptest3, and psptest4.

If I clicked on them in PSP, they would not load, but if I clicked BROWSE the pictures would then show. I had not noticed the psptest files previously, but will watch for them in the future.

I deleted the psptest files and all is well.

Thanks to all for your replies.


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