Strange Files All Over the Place!!!

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  1. youssefm macrumors 6502

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    So today I was doing a backup on time machine and I was going through my hard drive to see if everything was backed up properly, and as I was going through the users folder under my screen name, I found all these messy files all over the place. I do use parallels so I'm sure it's something related to that, but should I get rid of these files, or what can I do to keep it less cluttered? There are SO many files there, it's kind of annoying. Any ideas on how to fix this? Thanks.
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  2. iShater macrumors 604

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    Depends on the path they were in. If they were under an application in Parallels, then probably you should keep them. If they were under TEMP or something like that, then you can probably delete them.

    Helps to know what they are used for before making the decision.
     
  3. youssefm thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well they are under Macintosh HD > Users > "my name for user" > Then all these files are there, and so are the documents, applications, etc folders.
    How can I tell you more info about them?
     
  4. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    All I know is that they are windows files.
     
  5. iShater macrumors 604

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    Is this path shared in your Parellels with the Windows instance? i'm wondering if you might be using the user folder for files under parallels or if you might have installed something there.
     
  6. youssefm thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How can I figure this out? I'm pretty sure I haven't installed anything there. These files also seem to be popping up in random places as well. I'll find like 3 .exe files in random folders sometimes.
     
  7. al2o3cr macrumors regular

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    This looks a whole lot like the typical behavior of Windows spyware (dropping randomly-named executables in weird spots). I'd recommend you disinfect your Parallels VM.

    You may also want to switch off "Shared Profile", if you're not using it.

    http://kb.parallels.com/6912
     
  8. iShater macrumors 604

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    I don't have Parallels up and running the the moment, but I believe there is a Shared Folders option in on of the menus.

    Google some of the names of the files, because others might be seeing these in a normal Windows system as well.
     
  9. youssefm thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay I will definitely try that! I'm not sure how it could be spyware because my bootcamp partition isn't connected to the internet. Maybe from other files though, but thanks for all the help :)
     

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