Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 10 years ago

What does C:\WINDOWS\hinhem.scr mean?

I got this in my mail

C:\WINDOWS\hinhem.scr

did someone just send me a virus? where is it on my computer? how do i get rid of it?

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  • 10 years ago
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    A .scr file is supposed to be a screen saver, but viruses have been sent disguised as screen savers.

    However, if you received that exact "C:\WINDOWS\hinhem.scr ", you're safe. The sender linked you to a file probably on their machine, which is totally inaccessible to you. Even if it is malware, you're not going to get infected from it.

    Be careful, though: They may get smarter.

    Hope that helps.

  • 10 years ago

    The SCR file type is typically a screen saver. That means it may be executed just like an EXE because for all practical purposes it is an EXE with a different file name extension. This is just one way malware hides from users.

    Here is one description of the file:

    http://www.prevx.com/filenames/X127860519702428476...

    So it is most likely a worm.

    I suggest pointing your anti-virus program at it. Do a full system scan.

    If you don't have an anti-virus program then get one. AVG free is plenty good enough.

    http://free.avg.com

    Shadow Wolf

  • Nathan
    Lv 4
    10 years ago

    this should help explain what the .scr file extension means:

    http://filext.com/file-extension/SCR

    as for getting rid of it, run a complete virus scan on your system and hope that it finds it.

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