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Windows 7: Invisible Files

31 Oct 2010   #1
GeeDee

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Invisible Files

I have a PC monitoring program which saves JPG files to a shared folder in Windows\System32 which accessible by all users - permissions are set for full control for "everyone".

These files are invisible with Explorer - I have show hidden files and folders ticked and Hide protected system files is deselected. I can also not see the files using DIR or ATTRIB in a command prompt. Also, properties of the folder indicate 0 Bytes and 0 Files.

However, if I use TreeSizePro to scan the folder I can see the files, which indicate an attribute of A, but only the files created in my User Profile. Equally, when using another User Profile which is being monitored, I can see the files associated with that user but not my files.

I'm guessing this has something to do with Windows controlling access to a new folder within a System Folder.

Can anyone shed any light on this behaviour?


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31 Oct 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Why on earth would any program save jpg files to the system32 folder?? And what exactly are these jpg files?
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31 Oct 2010   #3
James Colbert

 
 

Not to mention giving a system folder full control to everyone (if that is indeed what you've done...). That's just asking for trouble.


James
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31 Oct 2010   #4
GeeDee

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Why on earth would any program save jpg files to the system32 folder?? And what exactly are these jpg files?
As I said, it's PC monitoring software and they are screen shots - internal "security"!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
Not to mention giving a system folder full control to everyone (if that is indeed what you've done...). That's just asking for trouble.


James
It is a shared folder created by the software ie, it has no other use.
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31 Oct 2010   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

What is the name of this software? I refuse to believe any software would save any kind of generated data in system32. And internal security?? What does that mean? Is this your personal computer or a company one?
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31 Oct 2010   #6
GeeDee

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's a personal PC - nothing to do with business at all. The software (GoldenEye) is used to ensure the family are not visiting sites they should not be and was written for XP and has not been updated for Win 7. The folder is the default location although it is user configurable.

All I want to know is what is behind the invisibility of the files.
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31 Oct 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Goldeneye..hmm. A quick google search tells me it has a normal mode and an invisible mode. May have something to do with that. Otherwise, tinker with the settings or contact support.
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31 Oct 2010   #8
James Colbert

 
 

Not sure why you would share the folder...seems counter productive to the purpose of the software. As far as why you can't see your files, my guess would be that it's some setting within the GoldenEye program itself, especially given its 'stealth' and 'invisibility' features. I think that the program must inherently hide its log files from those who use the machine. Have you tried using the hotkey (see screenshot) to view the logs and screenshots from within GoldenEye?

Also, I recommend unsharing the folder and marking it hidden, if that is the default.

James

Note the screenshots. Also note the shortcut key.


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31 Oct 2010   #9
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Keylogger?
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31 Oct 2010   #10
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Keylogger?
That does seem a bit excessive for 'parental control' use.
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