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Master Geek

# 80969 6-Apr-2011 19:57
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Hey all,
Lately Ive noticed several folders on my flash drive and external hdd have "turned into" .exe files?
Today I copied my files from my flash drive to my netbook, reformated the flash drive then copied the files back onto the flash drive (they are all either .gp5 .psd .ai or .jpg files as I use the flash drive for school homework).
But after plugging in my flash drive into my pc again this evening I have found that the actual folders have become hidden folders and .exe files with the same name have have appeared aswell. When I run the .exe files they load for a moment then open the folders that they are named after.
I am having similar problems with my external HDD aswell. Has anyone else had this problem happen to them? Is it likely my files have become infected with something?

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Master Geek


  # 456095 6-Apr-2011 20:26
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Sounds like a crafty virus.
Do they come up clean in scans?
And with what program?

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Ultimate Geek

  # 456134 6-Apr-2011 21:57
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I've had this one before - can't remember exact solution. Need to clean pc and flash drive(s), but would pay to find where the problem came from as it sounds like some pc where you had your USB drive is infected.

When I had this it was a year or two back now.
Is you anti virus up to date?

There is one version of this that disables registry editing.
Can you still run the registry editor?


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Uber Geek

  # 456169 6-Apr-2011 23:03
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Quick google found these :)

You'll have to dis-infect the PC first.

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