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Windows 7: Unknown folder has appeared in my 'My Downloads' folder.

05 Apr 2013   #1
Grampabill

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Unknown folder has appeared in my 'My Downloads' folder.

A folder named'-Unsafe-' has appeared in my downloads folder. The obvious thing to do, I suppose, would be to open it to see what is in it, however the clue to NOT doing this is in the folder name!!
Has anyone any experience if this??


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05 Apr 2013   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Right click the folder and scan it with your Anti-virus.
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05 Apr 2013   #3
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Grampabill View Post
A folder named'-Unsafe-' has appeared in my downloads folder. The obvious thing to do, I suppose, would be to open it to see what is in it, however the clue to NOT doing this is in the folder name!!
Has anyone any experience if this??
What anti-virus do you have? If you were downloading something you AV could of detected a virus and renamed it un-safe
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05 Apr 2013   #4
indianacarnie

Windows 10x64 Build 1709
 
 

Welcome to the forums!

As suggested, scan the folder first. If your AntiVirus has a sandbox you could scan it/ open it there to see whats inside.

Or you could just make a restore point and then delete it after scanning it of course. If it is "needed" then you have your restore point to fall back on.
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05 Apr 2013   #5
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

If it is a virus I wouldn't advise making a restore point.
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05 Apr 2013   #6
indianacarnie

Windows 10x64 Build 1709
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benjy206 View Post
If it is a virus I wouldn't advise making a restore point.
Obviously I meant AFTER scanning it, but good point I'll edit my previous reply.
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05 Apr 2013   #7
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benjy206 View Post
If it is a virus I wouldn't advise making a restore point.
Obviously I meant AFTER scanning it, but good point I'll edit my previous reply.
I know what you meant Of course I know you know that you shouldn't make a restore point without a virus check first. But just for the user to make it clear
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