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XP Pro SP2 showing / hiding hidden files and spyware ?

XP Pro SP2 showing / hideing hidden files and spyware ?
Using XP Pro SP2. I have noticed that when offline, and hiding/showing folders or files my computer trys to connect to the internet. When ON the internet the activity modem tray lights become very active.
I of course KILL the connection at that point.
Spyware ? hacking ? seems like but what sort of spyware ?

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Are you using EXPLORER? (not IE)

In reply to: XP Pro SP2 showing / hiding hidden files and spyware ?

EXPLORER is not a FILE BROSWER. It's something else.

Try a file browser next time.

The online activity could be spyware or it could be Microsoft fetching updates.

Bob

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Explorer

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Bob,
Thanks for reply.
I am using explorer to browswe/change files on my hard drive.
regards
Tony

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I suggest...

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Explorer

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Bob,
I will give that a try, but what do you think is happening? Spy ware, or just some strange MicroSoft thing ?
thanks once again
Tony

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What I think.

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Is that Explorer is fetching associated images and such. For instance, to render an icon for a HTML or LINK, Explorer would read the file and go fetch the info.

Explorer is not a "file browser." It portends to be much more and in my opinion trips on its own shoelaces at times.

Bob

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