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Old 02-05-2004, 12:40 AM   #1   [permalink]
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Spyware?Virus?Or something else?

Something very strange happened today.All of a sudden the names of some of my files are blue.I have absolutely no idea what makes this happen,I ran a thorough anti-virus scan,spyware scan and checked to make sure there were no new processes running.So far nothing else is new yet it makes me worry to have that happen like that.

Anyone has any idea whats caused this?Oh and by the way no one except me touches my computer.
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Old 02-05-2004, 01:53 AM   #2   [permalink]
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it might help if mentioned wut OS you were running.
Windows with it's "active desktop" or "web desktop", whatever it calls it now, turns all your files and other stuff along those lines to blue like a hyperlink, and also underlines them, but I think in XP it's only underlined if you move your cursor over the file (by default). So you could of enabled the "Active/web desktop" option by mistake. Also by using a jpeg image as your background, that enables the active desktop thing, atleast under win9x, Newer versions of windows don't need that option on though for jpeg backgrounds.

You could try to recreate what happend. Also if it didn't happen again after you restarted then it might of been a one off thing that screwed up in windows. It happends...a lot
I'm aware of XP missing it's window borders and file icons just because the machine has been up for more than 24 hours.

Windows tends to change to different fonts that don't use as much resources when you're low on resources, it also does a heap of other screwed up stuff that isn't normal.

Anyway if you can't recreate it or find out what caused it, I'd just say it's one of those one off screwed up boots or something.
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Old 02-05-2004, 02:46 AM   #3   [permalink]
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Happened to me too, long time ago, on Windows 2000. I never found out the reasoning behind it, but since it didn't kill the system and no spyware was detected I just allowed it to slip. I too have absolutely no idea why and how it happened. Just did, one day.

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Old 02-05-2004, 05:32 AM   #4   [permalink]
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They're compressed.
At least that's what the blue usually means.

File Properties - General - Advanced - 'Compress contents to save disk space'.
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Old 02-05-2004, 09:21 PM   #5   [permalink]
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now that u mention it, i do remember vaguely, something about compressed stuff havin a different coloured name
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Old 03-05-2004, 02:02 AM   #6   [permalink]
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Ah yes, found an option in the Folder Options. Turned a file into a compressed version and checked the box that says something in line of 'change colour of icon texts for compressed or otherwise files', and indeed, the text turned blue.

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I'm just that good. *Nod, nod.
And green filenames means they're encrypted.
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