Cannot see a particular file on shared drive from a specific PC

Posted on 2012-08-28
Last Modified: 2012-08-29
I have a really strange situation.
Windows Server 2003 (SBS2003)
Shared folders - Everyone has all permissions
XP Clients
Windows 7 clients

I have one particular Windows 7 PC that cannot see a particular file in a shared folder.
This situation occurs with all users on that PC (Admin and user)
All users can see all files on other clients (both Win 7 and XP)

If I use a XP client and make a copy of the file, the copy will show up on the WIN 7 client, but the original does not.
If I then delete the original file, the copied one still shows on the WIN 7 client.
If I rename the copied file to the original name, then it will disappear from the WIN 7 client.

So it looks like something to do with that particular filename.

Just to confirm - the file shows on all other clients (XP and WIN 7) and all users (as far as I can tell).  It is just this one WIN 7 client affected and just one file.

I have restarted the client several times.

Any suggestions?


Question by:rltomalin
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    Accepted Solution

    The most probable cause of this behavior is a rootkit/virus. Scan the system with your AV, MalwareBytes and give it a scan from linux-based anti-virus live cd.
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    Expert Comment

    What is the name of the file ?

    Author Comment

    Thankyou for the quick response.  I am home now and will take a look tomorrow.

    The filename is "Absence Reporting 2012-2013.xls"



    Author Comment

    I looked in the morning and I could see the file from the WIN 7 client.  But it was corrupted in some way.
    On the XP client I copied the file so that there were two files in the folder.  Both were now visible from WIN 7, but only the new one worked.
    So I then deleted the original (using the XP client).  But the original still appeared on the WIN 7 client and I had to delete that using the WIN 7 client.
    All is now fine, but I have no idea what happened.



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