Lately I've noticed some odd files in C:\. Each file has either a number, symbol or letter or set of numbers and symbols. Such as FÐ&9II and Ïÿ, À and ÿ. Each file icon has the white background with the Flying windows logo and has 0 bytes in size. I have been converting video files to MPeg1 VCD and SVCD using a variety of programmes. Could they be connected say as markers or something?
Two ideas spring to mind, either they are archives from a previous Windows update, or depending on your version of Windows they could be truncated files found when scandisk is run ater a crash. In either case it is safe to delete them.
Thanks for those replies. I have done a general scan with AVG and also specific scans on the files in question. No viruses reported. I have isolated them as Gaz suggested and so far have not experienced any problems except that my DUN is slow. It's connecting at 46666 or 48000 but pages and e-mail retrieval appear to be slow but again that may just be busy internet traffic. Thanks again.
Some programs put empty files or folders on your machine for future use. This is done during Installation. It is usually safe to delete them because the program will put them back if it can't find them and should need them at a later date.