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Hello Experts!
I am running into a really interesting problem, for some reason under c:\documents and settings\ there is a folder (which contains what appears to be a normal profile folder) which looks like it is created by the last administrator that logged on. There is no name on this folder except 3 boxes, not shaded boxes but outlines of just 3 square boxes. This seems to be in all our machines, and really started around mid july from what I was informed. Nothing related to service pack levels since all machines are either 3 or 4 and they are a mix between MS Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I also checked in the control panel under users to see if this pops up as a user there and it doesnt, it just looks like a mirror that is created for some reason. Any one have any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!

-Slaxs-
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My suggestion is that you rename that folder, see if it gets recreated, if it doesn't and everything is still working normally then you can safely delete it.

But, these things don't come there from nowhere, I suggest you do a virusscan and a scan for Spy/Adware on all those computers.
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Actually it is not because it is a virus etc Im pretty sure of it because it happens after PC support installs a brand new machine. It seems to happen after patches are installed. The file cannot be renamed, once deleted the file does come back later though at times it tells us it cannot be deleted.

Thanks for your help.
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>Thanks for your help.
You're welcome

Do you have some kind of firewall installed? If not install one right now and look at the logfiles if you can see something that doesn't seem normal. Post the logfile here if you're not sure.

You can also download hijackthis from => http://www.webattack.com/download/dlhijackthis.shtml 
and post the log, maybe we can find something that isn't normal on your computer (this is a program that lists all programs running at your computer)

LucF
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Hello,

I was able to find the answer last night, it is the Windows SMS service that is actually doing this since after looking at each of the user profile list for a couple of machines there was nothing changed but alll the folders were being created at the time the machine is querying SMS. Thanks for your help.

Best regards,
Slaxs
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You're welcome. Please post a 0-pts question at http://www.experts-exchange.com/community_support and get your points refunded.

LucF
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