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What are files with names like this - shell32(2).dll

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by davexnet, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. davexnet

    davexnet Flightless Bird

    I've about 8 - 10 files that have a (2) in the name,
    and same again with a (3).

    Is this a vestige of some operation, maybe repair, or system
    restore and these files are left over and essentially dead?
    Or could they still be live files ?

    I looked at a few at random for a reference in the registry
    but came up empty.

    TIA for any info.
    Dave
     
  2. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    davexnet wrote:
    > I've about 8 - 10 files that have a (2) in the name,
    > and same again with a (3).
    >
    > Is this a vestige of some operation, maybe repair, or system
    > restore and these files are left over and essentially dead?


    I'd guess probably.

    > Or could they still be live files ?


    Possibly. Of course, if they are locked, you won't be able to delete them,
    anyway.

    > I looked at a few at random for a reference in the registry
    > but came up empty.
    >
    > TIA for any info.
    > Dave


    Could you give some specific filename examples here? Sometimes you can
    get a clue from the filenames, as to what programs they may have been
    associated with.
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 14, 9:28 pm, "davexnet" <davexne...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > I've about 8 - 10 files that have a (2) in the name,
    > and same again with a (3).
    >
    > Is this a vestige of some operation, maybe repair, or system
    > restore and these files are left over and essentially dead?
    > Or could they still be live files ?
    >
    > I looked at a few at random for a reference in the registry
    > but came up empty.
    >
    > TIA for any info.
    > Dave


    Please do this first, then start guessing:

    Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
    issues:

    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.
     
  4. Dave and Rosanna

    Dave and Rosanna Flightless Bird

    Thanks for your suggestions. I've had MBAM installed for some time, no
    malware detected.
    Nor does my AV (Avast home 4.8) find anything.

    Here's the actual names - I've left them on the HDD for now,
    until I can get a feeling about them one way or the other.
    dnsapi(2)(2).dll
    mswsock(2)(2).dll
    shell32(2).dll
    SHFOLDER(2).DLL
    wdmaud(2).drv
    url(3).dll
    urlmon(3).dll
    wdmaud(3).drv
    wininet(3).dll
    wdmaud(4).drv

    all the above files are in \windows\system32



    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:20452d18-b8e7-462c-b3df-871e1ae44aba@c16g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    On Feb 14, 9:28 pm, "davexnet" <davexne...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > I've about 8 - 10 files that have a (2) in the name,
    > and same again with a (3).
    >
    > Is this a vestige of some operation, maybe repair, or system
    > restore and these files are left over and essentially dead?
    > Or could they still be live files ?
    >
    > I looked at a few at random for a reference in the registry
    > but came up empty.
    >
    > TIA for any info.
    > Dave


    Please do this first, then start guessing:

    Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
    issues:

    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.
     
  5. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 15, 2:57 am, "Dave and Rosanna" <davexnet...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Thanks for your suggestions.  I've had MBAM installed for some time, no
    > malware detected.
    > Nor does my AV (Avast home 4.8) find anything.
    >
    > Here's the actual names - I've left them on the HDD for now,
    > until I can get a feeling about them one way or the other.
    > dnsapi(2)(2).dll
    > mswsock(2)(2).dll
    > shell32(2).dll
    > SHFOLDER(2).DLL
    > wdmaud(2).drv
    > url(3).dll
    > urlmon(3).dll
    > wdmaud(3).drv
    > wininet(3).dll
    > wdmaud(4).drv
    >
    > all the above files are in \windows\system32
    >
    > "Jose" <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:20452d18-b8e7-462c-b3df-871e1ae44aba@c16g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    > On Feb 14, 9:28 pm, "davexnet" <davexne...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    > > I've about 8 - 10 files that have a (2) in the name,
    > > and same again with a (3).

    >
    > > Is this a vestige of some operation, maybe repair, or system
    > > restore and these files are left over and essentially dead?
    > > Or could they still be live files ?

    >
    > > I looked at a few at random for a reference in the registry
    > > but came up empty.

    >
    > > TIA for any info.
    > > Dave

    >
    > Please do this first, then start guessing:
    >
    > Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
    > issues:
    >
    > Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    > detection programs:
    >
    > Malwarebytes (MBAM):  http://malwarebytes.org/
    > SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS):  http://www.superantispyware.com/
    >
    > They can be uninstalled later if desired.


    You have MBAM and AVG installed. That's fine.

    Did you update and run a full scan with MBAM and SAS?

    MBAM and AVG don't know about everything!
     
  6. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    davexnet wrote:
    > I've about 8 - 10 files that have a (2) in the name,
    > and same again with a (3).
    >
    > Is this a vestige of some operation, maybe repair, or system
    > restore and these files are left over and essentially dead?
    > Or could they still be live files ?
    >
    > I looked at a few at random for a reference in the registry
    > but came up empty.
    >


    They could be residuals from restore or copy operations.

    You can use the COMP command to see if they are identical to their
    namesakes:

    COMP {file-1} {file-2}

    If they are identical, you can probably remove them with no adverse effects.
     

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