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    Default File extensions disappearing in app

    I know why the Good Lord allowed me a good nights rest lastnight...He knew I'd be facing these "opportunities"!

    On the customers application, some of the file extensions are no longer there. I've identified that the .cdx, .ini, and .inf extensions are simply gone.

    Could a virus OR a virus scanner or a spyware be doing this?

    Happened to anyone else?

    Thank you :)
    Wanda

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    "I've identified that the .cdx, .ini, and .inf extensions are simply gone." - What windows version, how did you verify...?

    There is a setting in several versions to

    "Hide extensions for known file types".

    In xp, open explorer, look under "tools", "folder options", "View".....

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    Hi Stan,
    Thanks for that tip! I HOPE it is the solution. I will pass it on to my user (who is about 45 minutes away, drive time) and see if she can give it a whirl. I probably won't hear from her until tomorrow, though...

    If anyone else has any suggestions, it'd be great to give her several things to try if Stan's idea isn't what's causing the extensions to disappear.

    Thank you all!
    Wanda

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    Hi Wanda,

    It must be Stan's approach to solve the missing extensions, otherwise it is a malicious co-worker deliberately removing them.

    I have not run across a virus (or equivalent nasty app) that would just remove the extension.
    Ed

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    But you have to admit the (nasty) possibility. A virus that looked for a "cluster" of same name files with different extensions and deleted the extensions. How would you differentiate the files to reassociate with the correct extensions?

    The .dbf and the .cdx might be easy with foxpro compatible databases, not so the .ddm, .ddx, and .ddd.

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    Good morning,
    My customer found the checkbox that you mentioned, Stan, and restored the extensions. The application still is not working as it should. The buttons that go to different menus (forms) aren't all working, nor are the reports printing. The error message is "can't find form".

    Now what?

    I'm going to step her through a total re-install (yes, Ken, putting all files in in a SAFEPLACE folder, first ;)

    I have to look at all my notes, first though, to make sure her data isn't destroyed.

    Got to run to another customer, but will jump back on this board when I return in a few hours.

    I'll take all the suggestions I can get on this. Thank you!

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    Default RE: File extensions disappearing in app

    Just wanted to bring this thread back up to the top. Not sure if I should start a new one, as apparently the missing file extensions were simply a checked bos in Windows Properties.

    Why would an application, after sitting idle for a couple weeks, not behave properly?

    Jr. Hackers? Viruses? Spyware? Anything that I need to check in the application, itself?

    Thank you all so much!
    Wanda

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