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    Quote Originally Posted by John Whitmer View Post
    In your screen cap, it appears that the file attributes of System and Hidden are set. If that's the case, Windows isn't going to allow you to do anything with them. Clear those attributes and try again. It may seem way too easy, but let's start with the way too easy stuff first.
    Thanks, John. I've found no way to chage thos files attributes. They refused to too. Just to summariza, these are their characteristics:
    • Their names are a letter only (A, E, F, S, etc.)
    • They have no extension
    • Size of each one of them is 3.181.641.728 bytes and this hasn’t changed since 12/20/2009 when I discovered them
    • They take the date and time of last PC start/restart
    • They are not visible from inside Safe Mode
    • They refused to be renamed/moved/deleted or get their attributes (AHS) changed
    • Processes associated to each of them --or using them-- are different: from 2 to more than 20. But EXPLORE.EXE and SYSTEM are always among those processes.

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    I wonder if "try Ubuntu without making any changes" is taken literally in that there are safety protocols in place so that not only does the OS not install but no permanent changes can be made to the resident OS?

    I love Parted Magic ( http://partedmagic.com/download.html ) personally because it has tons of tools including a windows file system explorer AND since its a LINUX utility LiveCD, one just boots to it and starts using it without possibility of installing anything or limiting the action taken with the Windows system drive....which means it can really be messed up if a mistake is made, but I like having the power to show who's in charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron Tarbox View Post
    I wonder if "try Ubuntu without making any changes" is taken literally in that there are safety protocols in place so that not only does the OS not install but no permanent changes can be made to the resident OS?
    Yes, I think the hard drives would have been mounted read-only, therefore no changes could have been made, inadvertantly or otherwise; with the apparent time change after running the Live CD, that could have been done within the BIOS.

    Carl, should you try athe Ubuntu (or other Live CD) again, make sure you allow it to make file system changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Rowlands View Post
    Yes, I think the hard drives would have been mounted read-only, therefore no changes could have been made, inadvertantly or otherwise; with the apparent time change after running the Live CD, that could have been done within the BIOS.

    Carl, should you try athe Ubuntu (or other Live CD) again, make sure you allow it to make file system changes.
    But.... be CERTAIN to backup your system first !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Rowlands View Post
    Yes, I think the hard drives would have been mounted read-only, therefore no changes could have been made, inadvertantly or otherwise; with the apparent time change after running the Live CD, that could have been done within the BIOS.

    Carl, should you try athe Ubuntu (or other Live CD) again, make sure you allow it to make file system changes.
    I also supposed that the "without any changes" was the problem but, however, Ubuntu changed my Windows time, and back to XP I had to adjust day and time. i'm afraid what could be happening is that something in my PC is reactivating those damn files whenever I start/restart WinXP, but no program has found anything bad so far, and I haven't received any answer to the HiJackThis log I submitted to a forum yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron Tarbox View Post
    I wonder if "try Ubuntu without making any changes" is taken literally in that there are safety protocols in place so that not only does the OS not install but no permanent changes can be made to the resident OS?

    I love Parted Magic ( http://partedmagic.com/download.html ) personally because it has tons of tools including a windows file system explorer AND since its a LINUX utility LiveCD, one just boots to it and starts using it without possibility of installing anything or limiting the action taken with the Windows system drive....which means it can really be messed up if a mistake is made, but I like having the power to show who's in charge.
    As I already answered. despite the "Try Ubuntu without making any changes to the OS" my Windows date/time was changed. I started trying the option of "Install Ubuntu" but I was frightened by the difficulties to identify the place where it would be installed (there were colored bars but no names/letters for my discs and by the messages regarding things that couldn't be undone, and I aborted the process. I'm not a tech guy

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    Where's the HJT log posted Carl? I'll go check it over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Padrez View Post
    I haven't received any answer to the HiJackThis log I submitted to a forum yet.
    Did you paste it to one of the HJT auto analyzer sites? These have previously been posted by PT on 2010-01-10 PT posted HJT analysis sites here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Rowlands View Post
    Where's the HJT log posted Carl? I'll go check it over.
    I wanted to know that too

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    Did you try changing the attributes from the command line? Navigate to the proper directory, then use "attrib -s -h filename" (without the quotes).

    If it doesn't work, please post the error message that it gives. Killing the Explorer process doesn't hurt anything, BTW. You just end up (usually) with a blank desktop, or a slow rebuild of the icons.

    There's a way to run the OS under the System account, which has the highest privilege in Windows - higher even than the local Admin account. I hesitate to reveal how, since lots and lots of damage can be done. Still, I'd imagine that it would let you kill these rogue files. A safer way would be to pull the drive and stick it in another machine. You should be able to blow them out right away.

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    Hi, everybody.

    I kept trying different "solutions" and finally it happened what I was afraid of: my Windows XP refused to open. I had no other option than format and reinstall it (I did it this past weekend), and the damn files disappeared.

    THANKS TO YOU ALL!

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