Weirdly-named folders - virus or spyware?

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Hi, on my 2003 Server system, I keep seeing these weirdly-named files
appear every so often.  I usually first notice them when I'm examining
a directory in a "File Open" or a "File Save As..." dialog box.

In those dialogs, they have names like "s?stem" and "??curity" and
"?icrosoft.NET".


In Windows Explorer, their names appear normal (like "Microsoft.NET"),
except they do not sort alphabetically with the other normal folders,
and there seems to be more than one having the same name (for instance,

I see a total of 3 "Microsoft.NET" folders in C:\Program Files using
Windows Explorer, but if I do an "ls" from Cygwin, I see 1
"Microsoft.NET" and two "?icrosoft.NET" files.  To add to the
weirdness, in this example, even though Cygwin lists the files, it adds

"no such file or directory" next to each name.


Are these files indicative of a virus and/or spyware present on this
system?


Thanks for helping solve this mystery.


Re: Weirdly-named folders - virus or spyware?

First, go to http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ and scan your computer
for viruses from the internet! (Say "Yes" to any dialogs that show up.)
Remove anything it finds - From the internet! (You've got to admit,
that's cool.)

Second, Download SUPERAntiSpyware Free from
http://www.superantispyware.com/ and update, scan, and remove anything
it finds.

Report back.

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Re: Weirdly-named folders - virus or spyware?


Ze Muffinman wrote:
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Yeah, it does sound cool - I just wish it would work once.  Every time
I try it, it chugs along for a while, then my browser just disappears
(crashes, I guess).  Tried it from IE and Firefox, same thing.

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Would it make any sense to try this step without first having completed
running Trend's Housecall?

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Thanks for the help!!!

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