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Virus or something suspicion

By sky_could_fall
May 28, 2008
  1. Hi all.
    I have Win XP Home SP2 and in my Win directory i have a lots of weird hiden directory`s. such as $NtUninstallKB888302$ and so on. Is it some kind of malware or something. I use Eset Smart Security 3.0.621.0 Center and AD Aware 2007.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No, these are the MS Security Updates that you have downloaded and installed
    They only exist now as a backup, in case Windows requires them under any corruption.

    Also normally you don't see them, as they are hidden or system files
    If you go to Folder Options in Control Panel
    Click on the View tab
    Scroll down to "Do not show Hidden/Files and folders" and select it.
    Then scroll a bit further to "Hide protected operating system files" and select it.
    Apply OK
    They will be gone (from normal view)

    By the way Xp is up to SP3 now
     
  3. sky_could_fall

    sky_could_fall TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I now about SP3 :) Automatic update was turn off on my computer so i didn`t notice these dir. before. Tnx anyway.
     
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    A note for you: Many are experiencing problems with the SP3 updates. IF you got SP1, SP2 and the update after SP2 to now, you don't need SP3.

    Also advise turn off automatic updates. Instead choose either 1. 'download but don't install' or 2' don't download or install, advise.' The when notified, using the Custom option, check each update, see if you need it, if you "want" it or if it's appropriate for your system. THEN download and install.
     
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