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vanishing files in vista

Over the last few month files and whole folders with megs of files keep vanishing. this seems to be occurring with the lowest alpha value (top of explorer) first. eg I will create folders with names of: 00test, 00 test2. 00 test1 will vanish, then 00test2. these do not appear in the recycle folder.

I am using mcafee anti virus, and have done scans.

Any ideas??
Bill
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BillOfSpfld
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sirbountyCommented:
Check your scheduled tasks - anything in there that might be scripted to run and remove those files?
What other software do you have running?
You might consider enabling auditing (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd365937.aspx details how to accomplish this) to determine what process is removing the folders...
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t0t0Commented:
quite simply, some process or program is deleting these files and folder. I should check all running processes and scripts including those that are scheduled.

My apporach would be to make your folder and files as normal and then immediately make a copy elsewhere say, in another folder.

Running FileMon in the background will definitely i=dentify the program/process that is deleting your files.
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t0t0Commented:
Hello BillOfSpfld

Please update us with your progress....
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BillOfSpfldAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions sirbounty and t0t0. I am still working on this problem. I deactivated all items in the scheduled tasks list and no files vanished during that week, so some process apparently gets started by the task scheduler that is whacking the files. I am now going through the list and reactivating tasks slowly to see which task is the culprit. Since I started this sleuthing process no files vanished.  It has taken a week or two for files to vanish so looking for the bandit will be time consuming.
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t0t0Commented:
Thank you for informing us of your progress, and best of luck in finding the culprit...
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