Strange file called "~" trying to be created

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Ever since I installed service pack 1 I've had a strange thing
happening with my system. Occassionally, at random times, my system
creates a large file with the name " ~ ". Its put in a subfolder to
"documents and settings", a desktop icon with the ~ file name appears
and the file appears to be a binary version of my address book. I
suspect there's an attempt to secretly send it across the internet but
the actual transmission is being blocked by Zone Alarm. Is anybody
familiar with this problem and knows what's going on?
 
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You're way behind times. This is a bug in the April 2003 Cumulative
Patch. It is basically a backup of your address book. MS is aware of
it and at some time will provide a fix for it. You can safely delete
it. {Fixed in XP SP2}.

References:
http://supportdesk1.iit.edu/outexp.htm
and:
http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/problems/bugs.htm#~file

Bruce Hagen
~IB-CA~

"James A. Maggio" <vorcycles@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
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> Ever since I installed service pack 1 I've had a strange thing
> happening with my system. Occassionally, at random times, my system
> creates a large file with the name " ~ ". Its put in a subfolder to
> "documents and settings", a desktop icon with the ~ file name
> appears
> and the file appears to be a binary version of my address book. I
> suspect there's an attempt to secretly send it across the internet
> but
> the actual transmission is being blocked by Zone Alarm. Is anybody
> familiar with this problem and knows what's going on?
 
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Thanks for the "update". Much appreciated. I thought it strange that
the problem surfaced with XP SP1.

On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 22:47:39 -0700, "Bruce Hagen"
<Nospam@mymail.invalid> wrote:

>You're way behind times. This is a bug in the April 2003 Cumulative
>Patch. It is basically a backup of your address book. MS is aware of
>it and at some time will provide a fix for it. You can safely delete
>it. {Fixed in XP SP2}.
>
>References:
>http://supportdesk1.iit.edu/outexp.htm
>and:
>http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/problems/bugs.htm#~file
>
>Bruce Hagen
> ~IB-CA~
>
>"James A. Maggio" <vorcycles@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
>news:7c50j0588u3hbb801ltgka4mb3t0nsgde0@4ax.com...
>> Ever since I installed service pack 1 I've had a strange thing
>> happening with my system. Occassionally, at random times, my system
>> creates a large file with the name " ~ ". Its put in a subfolder to
>> "documents and settings", a desktop icon with the ~ file name
>> appears
>> and the file appears to be a binary version of my address book. I
>> suspect there's an attempt to secretly send it across the internet
>> but
>> the actual transmission is being blocked by Zone Alarm. Is anybody
>> familiar with this problem and knows what's going on?
>
 
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It was also fixed in a previous update.

Tom
"James A. Maggio" <vorcycles@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
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| Thanks for the "update". Much appreciated. I thought it strange that
| the problem surfaced with XP SP1.
|
| On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 22:47:39 -0700, "Bruce Hagen"
| <Nospam@mymail.invalid> wrote:
|
| >You're way behind times. This is a bug in the April 2003 Cumulative
| >Patch. It is basically a backup of your address book. MS is aware of
| >it and at some time will provide a fix for it. You can safely delete
| >it. {Fixed in XP SP2}.
| >
| >References:
| >http://supportdesk1.iit.edu/outexp.htm
| >and:
| >http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/problems/bugs.htm#~file
| >
| >Bruce Hagen
| > ~IB-CA~
| >
| >"James A. Maggio" <vorcycles@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
| >news:7c50j0588u3hbb801ltgka4mb3t0nsgde0@4ax.com...
| >> Ever since I installed service pack 1 I've had a strange thing
| >> happening with my system. Occassionally, at random times, my system
| >> creates a large file with the name " ~ ". Its put in a subfolder to
| >> "documents and settings", a desktop icon with the ~ file name
| >> appears
| >> and the file appears to be a binary version of my address book. I
| >> suspect there's an attempt to secretly send it across the internet
| >> but
| >> the actual transmission is being blocked by Zone Alarm. Is anybody
| >> familiar with this problem and knows what's going on?
| >
|
 
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