Where do the files:__7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-2P-0.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0__7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-2P-1.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0__in system32 folder come from:

I recently had a Microsoft update plus I installed a commercial program and I also checked for a possible trojan where it was mentioned that it would put a strange file in the System32 folder. I noted the following files were in the system32 folder (i.e. 7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-2P-0.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0
7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-2P-1.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0) but nothing seems to have been put into the registry.
The files cannot be moved/copied or deleted as windows states they are being used by another program. I could delete them if I booted into Safe CMD mode but they just came back again.

Also, I then got a message that my copy of "windows was not genuine". (This aspect seems to have been fixed with help from Darin.)

So what are these files?? Are they part of a virus/trojan etc or harmless? (I've tried 3 anti-virus programs and none seems to be able to recognise it.)

For more information See post http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinevista/thread/0a982adc-a18d-436b-aa13-dc8965c83d3b?prof=required&ppud=4
for more information.

Can anyone help on this?
Many thanks
Bob
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Hello AudisAreBest,

Thank you for posting to the Microsoft Answers Forums.

The files you are describing:

"7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-2P-1.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0"

"7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-2P-1.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0"


These are Windows Vista validation update files. They are encrypted for protection of your personal information. You can't  delete
these files but they are not malware.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,

 


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