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Phantom drive partition appearing in LAN tree

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Anonymous
July 13, 2005 10:21:11 PM

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Win98SE
I run a small peer-to-peer Windows LAN.
When looking at the Windows Explorer/file manager I see a
drive called "__ -REDIST." It only shows up under my LAN
listings and not in the local computer tree. When clicked, I
get an error message: "__ -REDIST is not accessible"
I have no viruses, adware, or spyware. Any idea of what this
is and how to get rid of it and stop it from recurring?

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Anonymous
July 13, 2005 10:21:12 PM

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Your "LAN listings..." That would be the Shares listed under Network
Neighborhood (or My Network Places)? If so, it would suggest to me that
there was once a shared folder somewhere named "__ -REDIST" (probably a
"Redistributable" package such as those used to install some Update
across a network instead of each user downloading their own copy.)

Those "LAN listings" are shortcuts--I'm not sure what format. They're
created when you first access a share. That this particular one can no
longer be accessed means that it's a dead shortcut. The shared folder
has been removed or is no longer being shared. You should be able to
right-click it and delete. What happens when you try that?

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS MVP Shell/User
http://www.grystmill.com/articles/cleanboot.htm
http://www.grystmill.com/articles/security.htm

"short circuit" <shortcircuit@megawatts.co> wrote in message
news:%23W6CPGAiFHA.3936@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Win98SE
> I run a small peer-to-peer Windows LAN.
> When looking at the Windows Explorer/file manager I see a drive
> called "__ -REDIST." It only shows up under my LAN listings and not in
> the local computer tree. When clicked, I get an error message:
> "__ -REDIST is not accessible"
> I have no viruses, adware, or spyware. Any idea of what this is and
> how to get rid of it and stop it from recurring?
July 13, 2005 10:28:12 PM

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"short circuit" <shortcircuit@megawatts.co> wrote in message
news:%23W6CPGAiFHA.3936@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Win98SE
> I run a small peer-to-peer Windows LAN.
> When looking at the Windows Explorer/file manager I see a drive called
> "__ -REDIST." It only shows up under my LAN listings and not in the local
> computer tree. When clicked, I get an error message: "__ -REDIST is not
> accessible"
> I have no viruses, adware, or spyware. Any idea of what this is and how to
> get rid of it and stop it from recurring?


maybe this:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data...
Anonymous
July 13, 2005 11:18:43 PM

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philo wrote:
> "short circuit" <shortcircuit@megawatts.co> wrote in message
> news:%23W6CPGAiFHA.3936@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>
>>Win98SE
>>I run a small peer-to-peer Windows LAN.
>>When looking at the Windows Explorer/file manager I see a drive called
>>"__ -REDIST." It only shows up under my LAN listings and not in the local
>>computer tree. When clicked, I get an error message: "__ -REDIST is not
>>accessible"
>>I have no viruses, adware, or spyware. Any idea of what this is and how to
>>get rid of it and stop it from recurring?
>
>
>
> maybe this:
>
> http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data...
>
>

Thank you for the suggestion. I followed the NAV link
instructions. I did not find any of the named files on my
harddrives, and no corresponding keys in the registry. I'll
check my other machines for the same things. However, I am
still looking for an explanation.
!