Something strange on my computer

From: jeff davis (
Date: Tue Jan 29 2002 - 21:44:19 MST


At the beginning of July last, I got a new Dell PC
with Windows Millenium Edition. Then, on Aug 18th, I
left for three months in Canada-- Powell River, BC.
On that trip, I took the computer, set it up, and
hooked it up to cable (Shaw Cable).

Then came Sept 11th.

Around October 1st, I got on the computer and was
trying to figure out how to change the picture that
appears on the screen when I first boot up, the one
before the windows desktop background settles in. I
had changed it once but I couldn't remember how I did
it, so I was fumbling around trying to rediscover the
path, when I stumbled on something strange.

I opened the desktop file by clicking, in order:

My Computer/Local Disk (C:)/WINDOWS/All Users/Desktop

and clicked on Tools, then Folder Options..., then the
tab for File Types.

I later realized that the specific folder is
unimportant. It the same for all windows folders, in
the tools menu under folder options, and then the tab
for file types.

A little flashlight appears--I think I've seen it
before associated with a "Browse" function--and waves
back and forth, and then a list of what appears to be
file types appears. But, and here's the point, the
first item on the list shows the following:

Under "Extensions" it says


and under "File Types" it says


Clearly, this could not have been on the computer when
I got it, and must have been loaded into the computer
sometime after Sept 11th. (The computer in question
is utterly insecure--I have no security
issues--protected only by Norton anti-virus.)

I did a search in both files and text for


but nothing shows up.

It's more than a little creepy.

Any of the IT-savvy list members care to speculate as
to what's going on?

Best, Jeff Davis

 "Everything's hard till you know how to do it."
                       Ray Charles

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