mystery file on my desk top

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Josh, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Josh

    Josh Guest

    all it says is ~ it is 177kb. Every time i send it to recycle
    bin it comes back when i reboot. i've virus scanned and trogan scanned it
    with no results. Also have zone alarm. Don't know what it is. checked
    properites... all that says is created today size and nothing else. Any
    ideas how i can get rid of it for good. Can I drag it to a message here and
    have someone look at it or.. is that incredibly stupid as it may be
    invasive? Thanks for putting up with dumb questions guys/gals.
    Josh, Jul 16, 2003
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  2. It's not a dumb question. A filename by the name of "~" (Tilde) is
    a backup of the addy book. This is caused by a bug in a MS patch.MS
    has said that they're working on a fix, but I have no idea how long
    it'll be...


    Thund3rstruck, Jul 16, 2003
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  3. Josh

    °Mike° Guest

    <Canned response>

    If you have installed the cumulative update for OE, each time
    a contact is added to your address book, a file named "~" is
    created on your desktop when you exit OE or your address book.
    It is just a COPY of your Windows Address Book (*.wab).

    It is caused by the update for OE Q331923 (now Q330994).
    Microsoft are supposedly working on a fix.
    How to uninstall
    To remove the download, complete the following steps:

    On the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control
    Panel. (In Windows XP, click Start and then click Control
    Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
    In the list of currently installed programs, select Q330994
    and then click Remove or Add/Remove. If a dialog box appears,
    follow the instructions to remove the program.
    Click Yes or OK to confirm that you want to remove the program.
    °Mike°, Jul 16, 2003
  4. Josh

    Brian H¹© Guest

    X-No-Archive: Yes
    philo said:
    I bet Santa comes first :-D
    Brian H¹©, Jul 16, 2003
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