file named "~" on desktop

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by blinden, May 20, 2003.

  1. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

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    Anyone have any idea why I keep getting a file named just "~" on my desktop, no extension or anything, I don't know where it's comming from or anything...

    thanks in advance.

    ohh, btw, it's a binary, it's not just text or anything.
     
  2. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

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    well, I had it on my desktop before, never wanted to delete it because I thought something might be using it, I just did a reinstall the other day, and it's already back

    all I really had installed at the time was office XP, TweakXP, winamp 2.8, quicktime and aim(+).
     
  3. Sweens

    Sweens Guest

    mmmm, funny !

    I have the same ~file once in a while.

    I also have Office XP and Quicktime installed.

    On the other hand I determened that the file shows up on the desktop after internet-use and/or downloading.
     
  4. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    ~ means temp. Delete it!
     
  5. Supplicium

    Supplicium Guest

    Yah he is correct it means temp.

    What I do is go to Start>Find>~>cntrl +A>Del

    BUT I WOULD LOOK THROUGH THE FILES FIRST JUST INCASE YOU DONT DELETE SOMETHING YOU WANT.
     
  6. Sweens

    Sweens Guest

    ....and why would a temp file be saved at the desktop ?

    (I never save my downloads on/in my desktop)

    :confused:
     
  7. rushm001

    rushm001 In the beginning...... Political User

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    Are you using any download programs which might bet set to download to your desktop?
     
  8. rushm001

    rushm001 In the beginning...... Political User

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    Just noticed, half way to 50 posts!!!! :D
    I really do have a lot to say.
     
  9. Sweens

    Sweens Guest

    Congrats, rushm001 !!!


    Oh wow, this I my 50th :p
     
  10. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    well done 50 is a respectible number

    [edit]holy fk I've hit 3000 [​IMG][/edit]
     
  11. Supplicium

    Supplicium Guest

    The weirdest thing just happend.. After posting for awhile on this forum, when i closed it i noticed the ~ file on my desktop. I dont have Quicktime nor Office XP installed yet. I was running deadaim, powerpoint, IE (ntfs.org), and kazaa lite. DO u think it could be this site?
    Ill include the ~ file so u guys can check it out..
     
  12. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

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    Hey guys, thanks for turning my thread into the "look, I have a post count" thread...

    at any rate, out of the programs I listed, none of them have a default download to the desktop, and I don't know why it keeps comming back. Imma try and delete it now, see when it comes back, try and trace it back to what I was doing when it came back.
     
  13. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    Office apps like Powerpoint have a temp file while that file is open. Do you have any PP open and saved to the desktop?
     
  14. jumpy

    jumpy Guest

    Hey guys, it looks like its AIM causing your problems. Rename the file in that zip file to a txt file and you'll see in there the words " M a i n I d e n t i t y ' s C o n t a c t s". Which makes me think its AIM, or it could be outlook express but you don't have that open?
    Hope this helps...
     
  15. Lighter

    Lighter . . . . . . . . .

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    AIM+ always was a bit fuzzy. If you want to streamline the AIM client, try DeadAIM. I use it. :) Info available at www.jdennis.net.

    'Course, now that I've checked, they started charging ($1.50) for the darn thing. Heh... *******s.
     
  16. Lighter

    Lighter . . . . . . . . .

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    "Bast-a-r-ds" is automatically *'d out now? Heh...oh well.
     
  17. Krux

    Krux Nissan Powered

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    not gonna pay 1.50 for tabbed interface and thats all it has over Aim+


    Also in your folder options do you have hide all hidden and system files tick on? if not do that and see if it goes away (won't be gone but hidden from you :) )
     
  18. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

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    gaim has had tabbed iwndows for as long as I can remember...

    unfortunately, i'm not a "hide it away" but more of a "I wanna know why" kinda guy, so hiding it won't help, also it hasn't come back since I deleted it last time, which is kinda good, we'll see though
     
  19. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

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    hey man, thanks a bunch

    thats clears it all up now, I hope...

    better late indeed, it hadn't happened for a while untill about 2 days ago
     
  20. sammy5gs

    sammy5gs Ignorance Defined

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    Infamous "~" Document on Desktop

    Alright all. I have been trying to find something about this and have not run into any luck. Has anyone experienced, out of nowhere, a document named "~" show up on your desktop after looking at email, opening attachments on email, web browsing?

    Before you all start the virus thing, I am running Norton Antivirus with all of the latest definitions. I have both software firewall (ZAP) and hardware firewall through my router (Linksys BEFSR41). I have run virus scans, Ad-Aware, Spybot, online trojan scans, online virus scans, etc, etc , etc, and my PC is clean as a whistle.

    Now, this document does not contain any data whatsoever. I have definately noticed it after I have opened an attachment from an email (after closing the attachment, this thing pops up on my desktop). I am running Windows XP Pro.

    Any thoughts?