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    Question Windows filename ~ contains email address details ?

    I wondered if anyone could kindly help me out with a query.

    I have found a file on my C: drive with a name of ~ (tilde character) - I looked inside using quickview and found lots of odd characters plus email addresses from my outlook address
    book. Can any one tell me what this file is - I may be being a bit paranoid but I thought it may be a security issue. I hope I am not wasting your time posting this question here but I was not sure where else to get help. I have searched for some time but have no success. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

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    What is your OS, you using Fat 16?
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    What is exactly the location and the name of the file? Is it on the root of your drive?
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    Firstly, thank you very much for taking the time to help -I did not expect such a quick response.(I was about to go to bed - Midnight in UK). It is appreciated.

    Requested Info:

    The OS is win98 the file location is C:\~ the format is FAT32.


    File properties
    MS-DOS name is ~
    File attribute is ticked for ARCHIVE
    Size 183kb

    The file contents can be viewed - as stated previously - it list contact for my Wifes contact list and my contact list (Outlook express address book).

    I hope this is what you wanted - please let me know if you need any other details.

    And thanks again for your help.

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    Brilliant - not only do I get quick responses I also got an answer - fantastic. I was concerned that it was a security problem but Juridian's link has explained the problem - I can sleep easy now (unless my 2 and 3 year old children wake up - by the way can any one help with getting my children to sleep all night .... - only joking)

    Juridian, I owe you a beer, and the bestest of luck with your MCSD I'm sure you'll do great.

    Thank you all for all very much your help - good night to you all.



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    Good advice anyway: Switch from Outlook if u can. Try Eudora for example

    http://www.eudora.com/

    Good Luck

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    There was also a pretty good thread on this on the security-basics list of security focus (I think it was security-basics at least). If you need any more info you might try their archive.
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    Thanks for the tips.

    Wish you all well.

    Adam

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