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Old March 8th 19, 08:01 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Default Is "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)" a good file?

I have Googled but cannot find an answer:

Windows 7 Home SP-1 64bit and I see a file named "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)".

Since it has a ")" at the end of its name I am wondering if it is a
"good" file.

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Old March 8th 19, 08:06 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Interesting. Try upload it to these sites to scan:
https://www.hybrid-analysis.com/
http://virusscan.jotti.org/
http://www.virscan.org/
https://www.virustotal.com/
https://www.metascan-online.com/

Zaidy036 wrote:
I have Googled but cannot find an answer:


Windows 7 Home SP-1 64bit and I see a file named "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)".


Since it has a ")" at the end of its name I am wondering if it is a
"good" file.

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Old March 8th 19, 08:16 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Default Is "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)" a good file?

On 3/8/2019 3:06 PM, Ant wrote:
Interesting. Try upload it to these sites to scan:
https://www.hybrid-analysis.com/
http://virusscan.jotti.org/
http://www.virscan.org/
https://www.virustotal.com/
https://www.metascan-online.com/

Zaidy036 wrote:
I have Googled but cannot find an answer:


Windows 7 Home SP-1 64bit and I see a file named "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)".


Since it has a ")" at the end of its name I am wondering if it is a
"good" file.


It is NUL file according to all of your references.

I just never saw a file name ending in ")" and am wondering if anybody
else sees the same name on their system.

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Old March 8th 19, 08:17 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Default Is "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)" a good file?

Zaidy036 wrote:
On 3/8/2019 3:06 PM, Ant wrote:
Interesting. Try upload it to these sites to scan:
https://www.hybrid-analysis.com/
http://virusscan.jotti.org/
http://www.virscan.org/
https://www.virustotal.com/
https://www.metascan-online.com/

Zaidy036 wrote:
I have Googled but cannot find an answer:


Windows 7 Home SP-1 64bit and I see a file named "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)".


Since it has a ")" at the end of its name I am wondering if it is a
"good" file.


It is NUL file according to all of your references.


I just never saw a file name ending in ")" and am wondering if anybody
else sees the same name on their system.


Thanks. I don't see it in mine. Maybe a corrupted file? I guess you
could put it in your recycle bin and see if it breaks your W7.

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Old March 8th 19, 08:57 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Default Is "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)" a good file?

On 3/8/2019 3:17 PM, Ant wrote:
Zaidy036 wrote:
On 3/8/2019 3:06 PM, Ant wrote:
Interesting. Try upload it to these sites to scan:
https://www.hybrid-analysis.com/
http://virusscan.jotti.org/
http://www.virscan.org/
https://www.virustotal.com/
https://www.metascan-online.com/

Zaidy036 wrote:
I have Googled but cannot find an answer:

Windows 7 Home SP-1 64bit and I see a file named "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)".

Since it has a ")" at the end of its name I am wondering if it is a
"good" file.


It is NUL file according to all of your references.


I just never saw a file name ending in ")" and am wondering if anybody
else sees the same name on their system.


Thanks. I don't see it in mine. Maybe a corrupted file? I guess you
could put it in your recycle bin and see if it breaks your W7.

Thanks. Renamed it xxxNUL) and "NUL" still works in a cmd window and batch

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Old March 8th 19, 09:06 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
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In message , Ant
writes:
Zaidy036 wrote:

[]
Zaidy036 wrote:
I have Googled but cannot find an answer:

Windows 7 Home SP-1 64bit and I see a file named
"C:\Windows\System32\NUL)".

Since it has a ")" at the end of its name I am wondering if it is a
"good" file.


It's a perfectly valid filename, I think even in 8.3; it's _unusual_ in
having the ")" in it, buy valid. It's also unusual (but still valid) in
having no extension, if that really is the case (you don't have
extensions left turned off, do you? Bad idea if so, and M$ should have
changed the default decades ago).

It is NUL file according to all of your references.


I just never saw a file name ending in ")" and am wondering if anybody
else sees the same name on their system.


Thanks. I don't see it in mine. Maybe a corrupted file? I guess you


Nor mine (7SP1 Home 32-bit). No file with NUL) anywhere in the filename
anywhere on my discs, and nothing between nt... and o... in my system32.

could put it in your recycle bin and see if it breaks your W7.

How big is it? Can you tell us anything else about it? (E. g., can you
see any text strings in it if you try to open it in Notepad or similar
[or try IrfanView which is pretty good at recognising image formats])?

How did you come to discover its presence?
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Old March 8th 19, 09:49 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Default Is "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)" a good file?

Zaidy036 wrote:
I have Googled but cannot find an answer:

Windows 7 Home SP-1 64bit and I see a file named
"C:\Windows\System32\NUL)".

Since it has a ")" at the end of its name I am wondering if it is a
"good" file.


So you malformed a command line expression that
was attempting to redirect output to /dev/null, like this.

NUL


In Windows, NUL is the equivalent of Linux /dev/null.
You can redirect stderr or stdout to NUL, to make
an application "quiet".

So the closing parenthesis was likely some sort of attempted
"pipe" and "redirection" which didn't get quoted properly. The
person doing this, was running an administrator command prompt
at the time.

If the attempt had pointed at NUL instead of NUL)
then there would have been no output file generated.
As "NUL" is the bit-bucket.

As far as I can tell, that malformed filename is valid. The ")"
is not reserved. So yes, it's a good file, and likely contains
text from the failed command formulation. Rename the file
and load into Notepad.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win.../naming-a-file

"The following reserved characters..."

Paul
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Old March 9th 19, 02:35 AM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Default Is "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)" a good file?

On 3/8/2019 4:06 PM, J. P. Gilliver (John) wrote:
In message , Ant
writes:
Zaidy036 wrote:

[]
Zaidy036 wrote:
I have Googled but cannot find an answer:

Windows 7 Home SP-1 64bit and I see a file named
"C:\Windows\System32\NUL)".

Since it has a ")" at the end of its name I am wondering if it is a
"good" file.


It's a perfectly valid filename, I think even in 8.3; it's _unusual_ in
having the ")" in it, buy valid. It's also unusual (but still valid) in
having no extension, if that really is the case (you don't have
extensions left turned off, do you? Bad idea if so, and M$ should have
changed the default decades ago).

It is NUL file according to all of your references.


I just never saw a file name ending in ")" and am wondering if anybody
else sees the same name on their system.


Thanks. I don't see it in mine. Maybe a corrupted file? I guess you


Nor mine (7SP1 Home 32-bit). No file with NUL) anywhere in the filename
anywhere on my discs, and nothing between nt... and o... in my system32.

could put it in your recycle bin and see if it breaks your W7.

How big is it? Can you tell us anything else about it? (E. g., can you
see any text strings in it if you try to open it in Notepad or similar
[or try IrfanView which is pretty good at recognising image formats])?

How did you come to discover its presence?

I am now guessing it was from a typo/accidental key press of some sort
while a batch was running. Probably a ")" key as Paul suggested. It was
a "flash" in a cmd window that I happened to catch so I went exploring
for it and the ")" at the end looked strange to me.

The file is empty and now renamed xxxNUL).

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Old March 9th 19, 01:28 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Default Is "C:\Windows\System32\NUL)" a good file?

In message , Zaidy036
writes:
On 3/8/2019 4:06 PM, J. P. Gilliver (John) wrote:

[]
How big is it? Can you tell us anything else about it? (E. g., can
you see any text strings in it if you try to open it in Notepad or
similar [or try IrfanView which is pretty good at recognising image
formats])?
How did you come to discover its presence?

I am now guessing it was from a typo/accidental key press of some sort
while a batch was running. Probably a ")" key as Paul suggested. It was
a "flash" in a cmd window that I happened to catch so I went exploring
for it and the ")" at the end looked strange to me.

The file is empty and now renamed xxxNUL).

By empty, do you mean 0 size? If so, I'd delete it. (If it _isn't_ 0
size, it's not empty.)
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