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August 23, 2010

Vista and viruses

Discovering a virus on my Vista OS has forced me to learn more about the vulnerabilities and poor design choices that microsoft has made. In particular, I had files showing up in these uber-hidden directories (note, you can only view these directories if you know the path a priori):

My virus scan found trojans here:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
C:\Users\Information Manager\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low

This forum was extremely useful, especially a post by M. Ucal Ulutürk which suggested copying the temporary folder to your desktop so that all of the hidden and uber-hidden files become visible. What's the point of hiding files if such a simple work around will reveal everything? Please tell me there is an explanation.

I also found 112mb of stuff here (which I deleted):
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word

Finally, this webpage had a few relevant pointers about the .dat file(s) in these directories.

Posted by kkwaiser at August 23, 2010 01:23 PM

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