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Windows 7: C: Drive files replicated in hidden folder

07 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
C: Drive files replicated in hidden folder

Hello, my desktop has two very strange symptoms:
Last night Action Center was giving a maintenance warning that there is a problem with "Kitten Cannon" and I need to go to Spiral Orbit and download the latest update. That warning just disappeared a few minutes ago.
When I choose to show protected operating system files, there is a new folder named "...",
inside that file all the C Drive folders are replicated. They are empty and when I try to open them I get this error: "C:\...AEDiskCache refers to a location that is unavailable".

Two things happened before I noticed these problems:
I was cleaning up an external hard drive for a friend and tried to open a PDF, it threw a pop-up saying that I needed to get an update for Adobe Reader. I automatically clicked on it, and then realized that the pop-up looked suspicious, I canceled but probably too late. Stupid.

I installed a program from CNET, Wise File Hider. I uninstalled this A.M.

I scanned the ext. hard drive with Security Essentials before opening.
I have not been able to find any information on either of these issues.
Sec. Ess. reports clean - Sophos Root Kit reports clean.
AutoRuns doesn't show any suspicious services as far as I can tell...I'm stumped.

Also, there was a hidden shortcut icon in my documents folder for Remote Desktop Sharing.
I have remote sharing turned off. Is this from Team viewer?

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07 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You might do a full scan on your computer using Security Essentials, and I would recommend downloading and running Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software.

If you CCleaner, there's a Startup tab in the Tools box that will list all of the programs that start automatically with Windows. CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

Others, more knowledgeable than I, monitor this forum. Someone is sure to come along with more suggestions.

Be Well,
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07 Apr 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks, ran a full scan with Sec Ess. and just finished with Malware bytes. No problems found.
Auto runs is more in depth than CCleaner for checking services and programs. CCleaner is a great clean up tool though.
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07 Apr 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP


It's an Adobe After Effects cache for video rendering. It is emptied from within the program.

Do you still have that program installed?

Do you have performance problems?
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07 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

AE is still installed, and Disk Cache is not enabled. I cleared the cache last week after a project.
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07 Apr 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP


Chances are it's required since it may be necessary to assist rendering large projects. It serves like a memory cache from what I read. You may want to google the file name to read more about it. I think it's negligible and can be left alone. I'd probably even consider using it to get full value of my AE program.
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07 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Ok, so my post was misleading. All the files in the "..." folder give a different error message depending on what they are.
For instance the Program Folder gives this error when I try to open it: "C:\....\Program files refers to a location that is unavailable. I could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network....blah blah blah.
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07 Apr 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP


Try System Restore to a point well before this occurred.

Once again: Do you have performance probs?

Install and run a full SuperAntiSpyware scan. Decline trial and turn off at startup in Prefs

The freeware that works best for Win7 is in Reinstall tutorial below
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21 Apr 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hello, sorry for the delay. Busy. And thanks for taking the time to respond.
My machine performs perfectly, no issues.
Has been thoroughly scanned for Malware and Rootkits.
I took ownership of the "..." file and all it's subfolders, but when I try to delete it Windows Explorer crashes.
This may be because when it duplicated the C: Drive files into the"..." it also included the hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys files.
I do not have a system restore point before this problem started.
I am including screenshots.

C: Drive files replicated in hidden folder-screenshot_c.jpg

C: Drive files replicated in hidden folder-screenshot_c_....jpg
When I try to open this file, I get this error:
C: Drive files replicated in hidden folder-screenshot_c_....-jpg.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Apr 2014   #10
Microsoft MVP


I'd delete it using a boot disk in the Step 10 of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Check out the explorer crash using Step 4

Explorer crashes are also common in the corrupt factory preinstall so be sure you have the best install of Win7 possible as compiled in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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