\\???\Users\david\Searches a potential threat?

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  1. David Yu

    David Yu New Member

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    I've been using windows8.1 for 6 months now. Tonight I found this thing worry me much.

    under NETWORK icon in winodws file explorer, go down to computer name, profile name and the folder searches I found an icon named "search everyplaces" like folder or file or symbolic link, when I click on it I could see all files on my hard disk drive. I've deleted the icon as soon as I found out it takes me to my entire HDD access, the only folder left in searches folder is
    winrt--{S-1-5-21-1416695033-2912148431-1595073808-1001}-
    this does nothing so I leave it along...

    some questions here.

    1. what settings make this happen? I disable network share in homegroup (disable it) still I see this searches folder on NETWORK.
    2. where must I do to disable this?
    3. is this whole thing I should worry about that others maybe able to access my system from outside or LAN?
    4. does this exist by default in widnows8.1?



    windows ver: Win8.1 Traditional Chinese with all latest updates done

    thx in advance
    David
     
    #1 David Yu, Jul 2, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2014
  2. Trouble

    Trouble Noob Whisperer

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    #3 I would say no to the worry about it part and extremely doubtful to the access system from outside LAN part.
    #4 Apparently so
    See Attachment
    Searches.
    As far as disabling or turning it off, I really don't have an answer for that.
     
  3. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    For what it's worth, I'm running Windows 8, and I looked out of curiosity to see if I had anything like that.

    The only things I see in my Searches folder are 2 files....

    Everywhere.search-ms

    Indexed Locations.search-ms

    Nothing else.

    When I open these file they look like some kind of simple instructions relating to searches.

    Mike
     

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