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How did this file get in my recycle bin?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Black Panther, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Black Panther

    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    I just switched on my pc and saw the recycle bin 'full' icon. (Now I'm a tad obsessive over the recycle bin, I empty it as soon as there's something in it because the 'full' icon looks untidy :eek:)
    So I'm sure I powered off my pc yesterday with an empty bin.

    Clicking on the properties, it says the file was deleted 4 minutes ago. :wtf: I just powered up the computer and didn't delete anything.

    It's some temporary file, probably nothing important but I'm curious how come it put itself in the bin by itself. I have no 3rd party software to clear cookies or do 'sweeping' on the pc...

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    Do you use any windows live apps; like, windows live messenger, mail or such?
     
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    You should have one.

    Best guess would be your virus scanner deleted it as an associated file to a virus or infected file.
     
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    Yes, live mail. In fact the first thing I did was open mail.
    Still weird though, usually avast gives a notification of suspicious mail. This time I got none.
     
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    Hold down shift and push delete when you want to delete a file without it going to Recycle bin. As far as a .tmp file getting there, no idea sorry. :eek:
     
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    Could it be the result of an automatic Windows Update? Maybe it updated and installed something and deleted the associated temporary files itself?

    EDIT: just noticed the file was created exactly 1 month before it was deleted.... What could that mean?
     
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    As far as, the files being transferred to the recycle bin, should not (IMPO), unless you have the option for that set somewhere. Most temp files are over-written or erased by the app that produced it.
    Being that it is zero in size, it is a good bet it is just a regular temp file.

    If it continues doing this, I would recommend you run a couple of good AV software and malware apps (such as, Avira, MSE, Kaspersky for AV and Malwarebytes, Superantispyware for malware).
    Just as a precaution.

    You could, also, run Hijackthis and post the log for us to to look at.
    Or, even, just peruse the log yourself and see, if, you find any discrepancies.:)
     
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    Black Panther, have you enabled Automatic Disk Cleanup?
     
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    The link refers to a hacked chat program account. wlmdss.tmp pops up in the hijackThis log.
    It also pops up in a log where its about a trojan crypt.XPACK.gen2

    Dunno if thats a bad sign if it pops up in the logs or not tho.
     
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