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Hey All
I have found two hidden files by mistake..and I have nO CLUE if I need them or if they are malicious
one is file name "~" just that symbol, no words and NO extension which is STRANGE to me
The other is plugin131_09.trace trace File ext.
Niether of these files I can open
the word "trace" threw a red flag out there for me... makes me wonder if its a malicious type of file
any one know????

I have Windows XP Pro
I dont open attachments EVER
I have Norton
What the... is going on with these files?
Please help
netmom :teehee:
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Welcome netmom :D

The "plugin...trace" file is a normal file created by Java while surfing some sites. Nothing to be concerned about.

The ~ is called a "tilde". Outook Express is usually responsible for this when it has an error saving or backing up an address book. Microsoft should issue a fix for it, sometime. :D

For additional peace of mind download HiJack This, save to your computer, and install. Run a scan, most of the files listed will be harmless and/or required so do not make any changes, just click on Save Log, copy it and post it back in this thread. Someone will review the log, and if there's any malicious items, we'll take care of 'em! <_<
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