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Anonymous
March 16, 2005 1:18:37 AM

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A windows icon appears on my desktop simply called: ~

If I delete it nothing untoward seems to happen, but then after a time it
reappears again.

I'm curious - what is it?

Thanks

Ian F
Anonymous
March 16, 2005 1:18:38 AM

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What is the ~ (tilde) file on my desktop?:
http://www.pchell.com/support/tildefile.shtml

....Alan

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In microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion, "mgamgb" <mgamgb@ihug.co.nz>
wrote:

>A windows icon appears on my desktop simply called: ~
>
>If I delete it nothing untoward seems to happen, but then after a time it
>reappears again.
>
>I'm curious - what is it?
>
>Thanks
>
>Ian F
>
>
Anonymous
March 16, 2005 1:18:38 AM

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Please visit Windows Update and install *all* critical updates offered.
MS04-018 addresses this issue.
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mgamgb wrote:
> A windows icon appears on my desktop simply called: ~
>
> If I delete it nothing untoward seems to happen, but then after a time it
> reappears again.
>
> I'm curious - what is it?
>
> Thanks
>
> Ian F
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Anonymous
March 16, 2005 1:49:33 AM

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Aha -.Curiosity satisfied.
Thanks Alan

Best not delete I suppose, and it dosn't bug me enough to go through the
relocation process, so I guess I will just park it in a corner of the
desktop somewhere.

Cheers
Ian F


"Alan Edwards" <edwards@southcom.com.au> wrote in message
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> What is the ~ (tilde) file on my desktop?:
> http://www.pchell.com/support/tildefile.shtml
>
> ...Alan
>
> --
> Alan Edwards, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
> http://dts-l.org/index.html
>
> In microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion, "mgamgb" <mgamgb@ihug.co.nz>
> wrote:
>
> >A windows icon appears on my desktop simply called: ~
> >
> >If I delete it nothing untoward seems to happen, but then after a time it
> >reappears again.
> >
> >I'm curious - what is it?
> >
> >Thanks
> >
> >Ian F
> >
> >
>
Anonymous
March 16, 2005 1:49:34 AM

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mgamgb wrote:

> Aha -.Curiosity satisfied.
> Thanks Alan
>
> Best not delete I suppose, and it dosn't bug me enough to go through the
> relocation process, so I guess I will just park it in a corner of the
> desktop somewhere.
>
> "Alan Edwards" <edwards@southcom.com.au> wrote:
>
>>What is the ~ (tilde) file on my desktop?:
>>http://www.pchell.com/support/tildefile.shtml
>>
>>...Alan
>>
>> "mgamgb" <mgamgb@ihug.co.nz> wrote:
>>
>>>A windows icon appears on my desktop simply called: ~
>>>
>>>If I delete it nothing untoward seems to happen, but then after a time it
>>>reappears again.
>>>
>>>I'm curious - what is it?
>>>
>>>Thanks

The 'a tilde-file on the desktop' issue is also documented by M$ at:
<http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=830921&gt;

So you should no longer get this with your Outlook Express fully
security updated, especially:
<http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04...;
<http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=823353&gt;

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Anonymous
March 16, 2005 1:49:35 AM

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"... et al." <look@sig.bcause.this.is.invalid> wrote in message
news:D qCZd.132532$dP1.470797@newsc.telia.net...
>
> The 'a tilde-file on the desktop' issue

That categorization is incomplete. The file will not
necessarily appear in the Desktop folder.

On my machine, it appears in the Root of C.
>
> So you should no longer get this with your Outlook Express fully
> security updated

That's what Microsoft claims. However, Microsoft is wrong.

This situation will not be resolved if and when
Windows Update fails to offer security update 823353,
which is the situation that I encountered.

My post is not a request for help.

I simply wanted to tell you that it is not as cut-and-dried
as you make it sound
Anonymous
March 16, 2005 1:49:36 AM

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Hugh Candlin wrote:
> > The 'a tilde-file on the desktop' issue
>
> That categorization is incomplete. The file will not
> necessarily appear in the Desktop folder.
>
> On my machine, it appears in the Root of C.
> >
> > So you should no longer get this with your Outlook Express fully
> > security updated
>
> That's what Microsoft claims. However, Microsoft is wrong.
>
> This situation will not be resolved if and when
> Windows Update fails to offer security update 823353,
> which is the situation that I encountered.

From your headers: "Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1409"

You do not have 823353 (AKA MS04-018) installed, Hugh.
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Anonymous
March 16, 2005 3:59:28 AM

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Hugh Candlin wrote:

> "... et al." <look@sig.bcause.this.is.invalid> wrote:
>
>>So you should no longer get this with your Outlook Express fully
>>security updated
>
> That's what Microsoft claims. However, Microsoft is wrong.
>
> This situation will not be resolved if and when
> Windows Update fails to offer security update 823353,
> which is the situation that I encountered.
>
> My post is not a request for help.
>
> I simply wanted to tell you that it is not as cut-and-dried
> as you make it sound

I take your word for it.
(Well, after checking out the link Alan posted.)

My bad for believing the M$ kb-article. Thanks for the heads up.

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Anonymous
March 19, 2005 10:25:28 PM

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"Strange ~ file in strange places"
http://www.insideoe.com/problems/bugs.htm#tildefile
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> Please visit Windows Update and install *all* critical updates offered.
> MS04-018 addresses this issue.
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>
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>
> ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
> MS MVP-Windows (Shell, IE/OE) & Security, AH-VSOP
>
> In Memoriam, MVP Alex Nichol (1935-2005)
> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexper...
>
> mgamgb wrote:
> > A windows icon appears on my desktop simply called: ~
> >
> > If I delete it nothing untoward seems to happen, but then after a time
it
> > reappears again.
> >
> > I'm curious - what is it?
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Ian F
>
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