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Windows 7: What is \\.\C:\ ?

26 Aug 2011   #1
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 
What is \\.\C:\ ?

Windows 7 Home Premium
When I scan with MSSE a scanned element appears lately that takes quite some scanning time, viz. \\.\C:\
I googled and looked elsewhere but cannot find anything on it.
Does anyone know what this is?
Thanks.




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26 Aug 2011   #2
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

What do you mean by a scanned element? Are you sure it isn't the C: drive? Also, as JDobbsy1987 has said below, a screenshot would definitely help.
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26 Aug 2011   #3
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Hi,

Can you provide a screen-shot of this?

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Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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26 Aug 2011   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

\\. is the current folder
\\c: is the c: drive

the length of time taken to scan these areas will depend on the actual contents of the locations concerned
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26 Aug 2011   #5
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
What do you mean by a scanned element? Are you sure it isn't the C: drive? Also, as JDobbsy1987 has said below, a screenshot would definitely help.
Thanks for the fast reply.
When I scan with MSSE the elements that are being scanned are displayed at the bottom and usually these are fly by very fast, i.e. the files are scanned very fast. This \\.\C:\ takes some time to be scanned by MSSE and it appears only lately, unless I have missed it up to now. No virus detected but I am just wondering what it is.
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26 Aug 2011   #6
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Ah, that would be the C: drive then. Your main hard drive.
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26 Aug 2011   #7
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Ok, thanks to all of you.
I am reassured; I thought it might have been some nasty progam someone installed on my computer.
Funny though that Goooogle does not give anything on it.
To JaidynM: I am using Linux Mint 10 in dual boot with W7, just for surfing. No mail program and no address book on it and it's amazing but I don't get any spam any longer.
Regards from rainy Holland ----------------------
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26 Aug 2011   #8
dmex

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FranzB View Post
Windows 7 Home Premium
When I scan with MSSE a scanned element appears lately that takes quite some scanning time, viz. \\.\C:\
I googled and looked elsewhere but cannot find anything on it.
Does anyone know what this is?
Thanks.


Hi FranzB,

\\.\C:\ is a Win32 Device Namespace for accessing physical disks and volumes directly without going through the file system, Information about it can be found on this document: Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces (Windows)

You might want to skip to the 'Win32 Device Namespaces' section
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26 Aug 2011   #9
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Hi FranzB,

\\.\C:\ is a Win32 Device Namespace for accessing physical disks and volumes directly without going through the file system, Information about it can be found on this document: Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces (Windows)

You might want to skip to the 'Win32 Device Namespaces' section [/QUOTE]

Thanks for the link, Aegis.
I checked again by running the MSSE quick scan: total time ~ 3'30", time to scan the \\.\C:\ 1'30" and I can't remember ever seeing it before. Might be due to a recent MSSE upate (?).
Thanks and regards ----------------
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26 Aug 2011   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I was curious - thanks for the link Aegis23
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