Windows 10: Strange backups being taken on one of my laptops

Discus and support Strange backups being taken on one of my laptops in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; A few weeks back, I first noticed the presence of an unfamiliar directory on this laptop. It is called STG-Backups and is situated within my Downloads... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by RhinoCan, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. RhinoCan Win User

    Strange backups being taken on one of my laptops


    A few weeks back, I first noticed the presence of an unfamiliar directory on this laptop. It is called STG-Backups and is situated within my Downloads directory. I didn't recall ever creating such a directory or starting a program of backups - I keep procrastinating on that - so I looked in the directory and saw that it contained a bunch of very large files with a .JSON extension. When I look in the files, they seem to be a record of the web pages I've been on.

    That seemed like a strange thing to back up so I deleted all the files in the folder. A few days later, I happened to go back and found a number of new JSON files in the folder. They were each dated one day apart with the most recent one being from that date. I eventually discovered that if I delete that day's file early in the day, another file for that day will appear a couple of hours after the first one, up to several a day.

    It occurred to me that this might be malware/spyware of some kind so I ran full scans with MalwareBytes and then Avast but it didn't find anything.

    I'm baffled by what is generating these files and why.

    Does anyone have any idea?

    :)
     
    RhinoCan, Jan 29, 2019
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  2. dat789 Win User

    Burgled -- New laptop taken

    It was last week and I'm still quite upset over this. Recently got a Sony Vaio and it was not even 3 weeks old when it was taken.

    Are there any experts out there who can, with details of MAC address, etc., trace the location of the laptop (therefore, also the low life burglar)?

    I mean what is the fate of stolen laptops besides the obvious sale.

    The laptop runs on Windows 7 (64-bit) and is requires a passphrase at the logon screen. What are the first few steps to take before making the loot saleable?

    ps. my passport was also taken. Seriously!?!! What good is it to the burglar?!
     
    dat789, Jan 29, 2019
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  3. SaiZo Win User
    Burgled -- New laptop taken

    Hi, sorry to hear this. It's a f***d up world. A guy I used to work with, if I recall correctly he could track laptops and such. Doesn't come free exactly, but reading that your pass was taken aswell, maybe I could persuade him. He still owns me some favours.

    Did it all happen in London where you live?
     
    SaiZo, Jan 29, 2019
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  4. n-ster Win User

    Strange backups being taken on one of my laptops

    n-ster, Jan 29, 2019
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