Windows ME-( it's spying on you!! )


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Old 10-21-03, 10:01 PM
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Angry Windows ME-( it's spying on you!! )

From the start, I'm not a "tech head", so I do not understand a lot of the computer talk that these sites use.

My brother sent me a nudie picture, and I deleted it,
(after looking of course!); my kids use this computer also.
So I ran the "web cop program" and lo and behold the picture that I deleted appx. 3mths before, came up on the screen.
It was located in a hidden file called: C:\_restore\archive,
I usually run "winwasher", a program that writes over deleted material and such to save memory. But it was still there. It can not be changed, or deleted. The attributes are locked. If you turn it off through the system files in "my computer", it still records everywhere you've been, any thing you download, or web sites visted!! (even after a reboot.)!!
Whats up with that???
Is there any way of changing it, or deleting it?
Formating the hard drive is not an option, I would loose to much stuff!

I run a Pent5 chip with Windows ME.
 
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Old 10-22-03, 04:37 AM
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This sounds reminiscent of a virus of some sort.
You can boot into DOS with a rescue disk and turn off the hidden and archive attributes for the file, then delete the file you want deleted.

a:\>c:
c:\>cd \_restore\archive
c:\_restore\archive\>attrib -h -a nudie.jpg
c:\_restore\archive\>del nudie.jpg
c:\_restore\archive>

Remove the rescue disk and reboot your computer. Files deleted this way are gone. There no recycle bin in DOS.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 10-22-03, 08:19 AM
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You must of had it on the pc when WINME ran a backup. That is the location of files for windows restore. You won't actually be able to see the file unless you RESTORE to old date.
 

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Old 10-22-03, 08:54 AM
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Windows MyEnemy strikes again. Microsoft's absolute worst operating system.

My advice: Junk ME in favor of XP.
 
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Old 10-22-03, 03:28 PM
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I believe you

Thanks for the tip..I never had windows ME but I believe what you say In favor of windows xp
 
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Old 10-22-03, 07:05 PM
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Thanks for the info, but I ran into this about 2 years ago;
and it was a question that no one could answer.
The restore option sounds about right, ME allocates 200Mb
to the restore function.

I tried to change the attributes through Dos, but access was denied, so, despite all the warnings, I had to know 3 things:
- What is this?
- What does it do?
AND OF COURSE!!

- What happens if I do this??

The first two I never got answers for, the third resulted in 4 days of reloading software after I had to format the hard drive!!
Since then I've stayed out of that part of the computer and didn't even think of it again until I saw your board.
I just may have to travel back there again, what the hell,
formating the hard drive isn't that bad; and a computer could use a good cleaning every year or two anyway!!!
 
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Old 10-22-03, 08:07 PM
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- What is this?
- What does it do?
AND OF COURSE!!

- What happens if I do this??

The first two I never got answers for, the third resulted in 4 days of reloading software after I had to format the hard drive!!
1. Backdoor Trojan

2. Backdoor Trojans allow unauthorized access to an infected computer.

In any event, current anti-virus protection and scanning incoming mail can go a long way to prevent this sort of infection.

You could always back up your files to a CD so that you could easily restore the data once your hard drive is clean again.
 
 

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