Mystery tilde file appearing on desktop?

  Roadgiant 22:24 31 May 03

Every so often a file seems to mysteriously appear on my desktop,the file is 220kb in size with a description of  (a tilde mark I think it is called.
It seems to appear usually when the pc has been left unattended for a while and the monitor is woken from standby.
Has anyone any idea what is causing this and if I need to prevent it? At the moment all I do is delete it.
Thanks in advance for any advice

  powerless 22:26 31 May 03

Yes, it has been mentioned on here before - Its (so we think) to do with the Windows address book.

If you right click and choose open with... choose Notepad and might see email addressses.

Also i had this file appear (again) 20 mins ago. But i zapped it ;-)

  powerless 22:27 31 May 03

~ tilde

  Roadgiant 23:08 31 May 03

Thanks for the prompt reply

  -pops- 06:40 01 Jun 03

Most definitely address book. I put three addresses then another two in the book yesterday. The appropriate number of ~ files appeared.

I just deleted thenm all with no problem.


  hoverman 08:22 01 Jun 03

Same here - seems one of these files appears every time a change is made to the address book. They can be deleted safely.

  Confab 08:43 01 Jun 03

Just added a name to my address book and guess what appeared on my desktop? Yes a tilde!


  nigwel 08:59 01 Jun 03

That "~" (tilde) file is most probably appearing as the result of installing the "April 2003, Cumulative Patch for Outlook Express (330994)". Microsoft is aware of the problem and is supposedly working on a fix. Many people are experiencing this problem and from what I've read about this problem that icon will also reappear when you reply to an e-mail and you have your Outlook Express set up to enter the persons e-mail address to your address book whenever you reply to an e-mail. You can either just put up with it or follow the uninstall directions for the patch at the link below.

See Here.. click here

  hoverman 09:03 01 Jun 03

Strange how the tilde files appear in C:/Documents and Settings/'My name' folder on my PC. Everyone else seem to get them on the desktop. My OS is XP Home.

  powerless 09:12 01 Jun 03


I get one on the desktop and also that folder.

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