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Windows 7: Strange folder being created on spare partitions

03 Oct 2010   #1
Blackhawk131

 
 
Strange folder being created on spare partitions

Hello,

I think this is some windows application, but I cannot figure out what exactly is going on. From time to time I have this locked folders created on USB drives and my d: partition called something like "53ab78a8548aac7479d7a4ee".

Any ideas? Is there a way to hide/stop these if this is from Windows?

Thanks,
-Grant


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03 Oct 2010   #2
Blackhawk131

 
 

Could this be from Acronis Backups?
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03 Oct 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That could very well be an image or backup folder. Have a look into Acronis whether it is set to automatically do something. You can also have a look into the scheduled tasks (schtasks command in cmd). How big are these folders?
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03 Oct 2010   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Blackhawk,
Have you examined the folders to see what they contain?

The contents of the folders will possibly give us an idea of the source.
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03 Oct 2010   #5
Blackhawk131

 
 

8 megs in size and they contian


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03 Oct 2010   #6
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

That's an isntaller of some kind,, can you open SpalshScreen or Watermark?
This may give some indication as to what it is.

Do you have any portable applications? Or ThinClient Apps?

Don't run setup, but look for any graphics files that can be opened.
Or look through all folders for ReadMe's, INI's other text files that can be looked at to determine what app it is.

After a little research this more than likely a Windows Update.
Possibly realted to http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../MS10-070.mspx


EDIT:

Also note, that in general, Windows Updates (especially on XP) that do not install properly or clean up properly after install will leave behind those kinds of folders on the drive that contains the most free space. Even external USB drives.
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03 Oct 2010   #7
Blackhawk131

 
 

I had to move the .bmp to view them, but two of them refer to .net.

I did have my system lockup during a microsoft update that include some .net patches. So how do I remove them if they belong to someone else?
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03 Oct 2010   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Blackhawk down,

Delete those folders.

Use Microsoft Security Essentials as your anti-virus software.

Update Windows 7.

If you need how-to advice on any of above, let us know.
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03 Oct 2010   #9
Blackhawk131

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Blackhawk down,

Delete those folders.

Use Microsoft Security Essentials as your anti-virus software.

Update Windows 7.

If you need how-to advice on any of above, let us know.

As i mentioned, you cannot delete the folder or contents. It is owned by the system and I have tried to change these. Security Essentials is my anti-virus software. Win7 is always up-to-date. Any advice to getting rid of the folder would help.
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03 Oct 2010   #10
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That is a Microsoft update that has probably failed to install properly.
Go to your update page and see if you can reinstall it or Delete from there

You can Google the KB number for more information
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