Java properties - slash inserted before colon when written out

I have a properties file that contains property/value pairs as follows:

propertya = :vala:valb:valc:

I simply read this into a properties object and write it back out to a new properties file. The new properties file would have written out this property as follows:

propertya = \:vala\:valb\:valc\:

Can anyone tell me why this happens?  and what I can do to prevent it from happening?   I am constrained to the current format of the initial properties file.

Thanks!
pauldocAsked:
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_corey_Commented:
Could you post the snippet of writing to the file?
pauldocAuthor Commented:
Actually,  I just looked closer at the javadoc for the properties class.  The store method has the following comment included:

"The key and value characters #, !, =, and : are written with a preceding slash to ensure that they are properly loaded. "

I guess there may not be a simple solution to this.

As for a code snippet - not much to it: I create a file output stream in one section of code and then pass that into the method where I write to the new file:

 properties.store(propOutStream,"Properties");
n_sidhayeCommented:
 Ok I got your point.you can replace : to - or other specific character which will not be special character after reading property you can replace the specific character by replace method.

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