I am having a very odd problem, and I am not sure if Blender is responsible. I keep finding over 80 files in over a dozen folders that I did not put there. I delete them (have even done it in safe mode), and then they come back. They are in different formats, but they cannot be open or accessed.
The reason that I am posting this here is that they only reappear when I try to append a file to the project that I am working on. I have checked the folders before appending, and the files are not there. When I hit shift-F1, I see them in the append window, and they have been added to the folders. They appear in one of my Blender folders where I keep .blends that I have downloaded, but they also appear in some of the AOL folders.
Has any one any idea what is going on here? Should I post this in the bug tracker listing? While I know a little about computers, I am not great with them, and this has me HORRIBLY confused. I am using Blender 2.33, and this is both the first time I have tried to append a file and the first time that I have noticed this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
When I open one of the files using Notepad, it fills the screen with a jumble of symbols and letters. I guess it looks similar to a .blend file, except that the .blend file has a lot more spaces. The foreign files have none.
I’m out of ideas…
Oh wait, two more! Try deinstalling Blender (scrubbing everything away), and install it again. Or try the optimized build. Maybe that one doesn’t have the problem. Although I have a strong feeling it isn’t Blender causing the problem…
AHA! If you click on it, and nothing happens, then it is a virus or spyware for sure! what is really happening, is the program is opening up a process, and running it in the background, and the more you open it, the more spywares or viruses you will have running!!! delete all folders immediately, and then run Ad-Aware, and norton antivirus, if you have it. Be careful!
No they don’t. Nor do they have anything to do with Britney Spears and Eminemm, or the 70 other names that appear on the files. I first noticed it yesterday, whne trying to append, and thought that the files were just in the one folder. I used McAfee online virus scan, and it came up with nothing. In fact, while I was watching the scan, I saw that it was scanning those same files in other folders. I eventually found about 30 folders that the files appear in (and it is HARD deleting over 80 files in 20 different folders, while trying to keep the original files in place.)
I will try to reinstall Blender, and even try the optimized one. I just shudder to think of all that time deleting again if those don’t work . . . . . .
I am in contact with Dell support, to see if it is a problem outside of Blender.
Backup stuff worth backing up, that is if you have a easy method of doing that.
I find if it’s just my personal computer I can just back up everything and reformat easier than finding the source of the problem, which is deffinatly a mallicious program in this case.
So if you can backup large amounts of data (CD Burner + 3$ worth of CD-Rs should be good enough) and know how to format. Clean that harddrive spotless. In addition, you will have backups of imporntant stuff for the future.
I save all of the .blend files and tutorials in a special folder in the folder that I save allof my Blender work. That is one of the places the files are appearing. The other is in the aol downloads folders, and in nearly every sub-folder. I am trying a few things to get rid of them.