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Strange files showing up on desktop
« on: June 10, 2008, 03:48:18 AM »
I recently noticed a series of about a dozen files named 400.vps.bad.xx showing up on my desktop starting back in February.  I deleted them (but didn't empty the trash just in case), without any consequences. They have started to reappear, but with a different naming convention, e.g., 400.vps.bad.2 21-26-29. The more recent ones are 13.8mb each. When I tried to open them with Quick Look, it indicated they are text documents, so I tried to open one with text edit. The first line includes "avast! Virus Definition File, version 4 (type 0011)", and the rest is obviously gibberish.

I'm using Avast! antivirus Mac Edition Version 2.74R0 (ServiceKit 1.41). Does anyone have an idea how/why these are being created and what to do about it?

Thanks, Rick

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Re: Strange files showing up on desktop
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 06:36:21 AM »
Hi Rick
You may get a better answer if you post in the Mac forum  ;D
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Re: Strange files showing up on desktop
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 05:29:29 PM »
These are created when avast fails to update the VPS.

Also Please make a new post in the Mac section of the Forum so the developers can notice your post  ;)
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