Somehow a file was placed on my computer with a ".lock" suffix. How did it get past my Norton Internat Security and what do I do about it? I've never seen one before.
The file is probably legitimate:
A file extension name (eg .lock, .jpg, .dat, .pst) does not mean a file is or is not malware. Imagine if the file type .exe meant by AV's that it was malware.
SendOfJive and Quads,
Thank you both for your comments. I went to http://file.org/extension/lock as suggested and read about the ".lock" file extension there. Because this desktop has been very slow to load up the profile buttons in Windows 7, and other anomalies, I thought it might be wise to download and run the RegClean Pro that was recommended on that "file.org" web page. It seemed to be well recommended, claiming to be a Microsoft Partner Gold ISV, etc. So I downloaded it, tried the basic part of it and got the add saying I could get RegClean Pro and a Free PhotoStudio as a package for $29.95. Now I've discovered during the purchase process some program called Advanced System Protector was substituted for RegClean Pro. Now I'm trying to sort that out.
My question to you both is: Do you recommend I use this RegClean Pro to fix my registry or go some other route? I hate messing with my registry...I never do it myself because I'm not well versed. I thought Norton Internet Security was going to keep me safe from registry problems, etc. Your suggestions?
I do not generally recommend registry cleaners. Also you should not download software that you have not throroughly researched - especially from ads on a web page. Never install anything unless you know exactly what it is, and that the download source is reputable (preferably the manufacturer's website). A good rule of thumb is to never download anything that you did not go looking for, specifically.
I'll press the 'me too' button on this one.
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