After hours of searching the web, I can't find an answer to this problem - only people having the same problem (both XP and Wiin 7) without a resolution at the end of the threads.
What happens is that Windows has started duplicating the first mapped network drive, which in my case is "G" from the first unused letter at the bottom (Y) and continues going down the alphabet until all the unused drive letters are used up.
If I disconnect the phantom mappings manually, they progressively re-appear within a few hours, starting from the bottom and working their way up.
Q: T: V: W: and Z: are also mapped to various places, like the NAS drives, so Windows just skips those letters and maps any unused letters to the same place that G is mapped to.
Everything has been performing with an identical configuration and without a hitch for about a year now. This just started happening a couple of weeks ago for no apparent reason.
No new software recently installed, scans for Virus / Malware come up clean and I can't find any sort of pattern to it. I don't even need to re-boot, if I disconnect the drive mappings, within a few hours they're back again.
G is mapped to a shared drive on a MS Windows 2003 SBS Server.
This machine accesses the Server via a Workgroup connection and is not connected to, or controlled by the Domain that the rest of the office is.
All drives have been mapped manually and there is no script that creates mapped network drives on logon.
If I click on the duplicated drive mappings, I can access all the folders on the server just as easily as I can when I click on G:
The machine is protected by Avast Endpoint Protection, MalwareBytes Pro and WebRoot SecureAnywhere, which are all up kept up to date and have been living happily together for several months now.
Anyone have any ideas how to fix this or how I can figure out what is causing this strange behavior?
Machine Specifications are as follows:
Windows 7 Professional [64Bit] (Fully patched with critical updates at time of writing)
Intel DH67CL Mainboard
Intel Core i7-2600 CPU
256GB Intel SSD (C:) - System drive
Generic DVD R/W (D:)
2TB SATA Storage Drive (E:)
2TB SATA Storage Drive (F:)
No Raid configured in any of the mix above
3TB Seagate USB3.0 Drive I image to nightly with Acronis Backup & Recovery (H:) which has been permanently connected to the machine for ages.
The above configuration hasn't changed for months and have had no issues. The machine is very stable and is only rebooted about once a week (or after MS updates) just to clear out any cobwebs :)
Maybe a problem with a recent Windows update? I pretty much apply critical updates as soon as they become available but I see people complaining about similar issues from 2011 ?!
Google hasn't been any help so any ideas?