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_hiddenPbk suddenly appeared

« on 15/03/2009, 23:35 »
A folder on my desktop has appeared called _hiddenPbk, inside is a 0 byte file called rasphone.  I have no idea where it came from, I do know its a proper MS folder and file to do with the phonebook for network connections, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't belong on my desktop.

I tried deleting it, but its a system folder by the looks of it so Windows just puts it back.  Google doesn't really help when I search for _hiddenPbk.

I'm pretty sure its not virus related, I haven't downloaded anything recently and I have kaspersky running too, so I'm really at a loss as to why its suddenly appeared on my desktop, and I'd like to figure out a way to remove it, unless it is something bad which being on my desktop is a sign that somethings up!

Any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on 16/03/2009, 09:20 »

"This step-by-step article describes how to use the Remote Access Phonebook (Rasphone.pbk) file to save and later restore dial-up connections, and to copy your computer's connections to other computers."


Googling "_hidden Pbk rasphone" turns up quite a few entries.



« Last Edit: 16/03/2009, 09:22 by Njal »

« Reply #2 on 16/03/2009, 11:34 »
The problem is that my _hiddenPbk folder isn't where it should be, it should be in:

%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk folder

Mine is in:


Actually I don't know where it should be (Windows 7) but I do know it shouldn't be on my desktop, and I can't remove it because Windows file protection will restore vital system files if they are deleted.
« Reply #3 on 17/03/2009, 10:47 »
Does this give any clues?



« Reply #4 on 17/03/2009, 11:26 »
Oh, thats pretty interesting read.  I've checked the registry and they all seem to have a valid reason for being on my desktop.  Oh well, I guess I'll live with the desktop folder for a while, thanks for the help Smiley
« Reply #5 on 17/03/2009, 11:57 »
You might be able to get rid of it using clues from:


Windows Powertoys Tweak UI from MS can move some system folders and change some displays:




« Last Edit: 17/03/2009, 11:59 by Njal »

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