What is "Webfldrs XP" doing in my CCleaner add/remove programs

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    What is "WebFldrs XP" doing in our CCleaner Add/Remove Programs list?

    Is "WebFldrs XP" a legitimate software or is it a bad thing?

    Not much is in the google record as far as I can tell.
    Some say it's integral to the workings of XP; others say it's spyware.

    Can you help me make sense of this conflicting information about the
    "WebFldrs XP" entry on my CCleaner Add or Remove Programs wizard?

    I should note this "WebFldrs XP" entry does NOT show up in the normal
    Windows XP Add/Remove Programs application. But it definately shows up
    in the well respected CCleaner freeware
    (http://www.ccleaner.com/download) program.

    Should we remove this "WebFldrs XP" application using CCleaner?
    What will happen if we do?

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  2. From: "lisa harkema" <>

    | What is "WebFldrs XP" doing in our CCleaner Add/Remove Programs list?
    |
    | Is "WebFldrs XP" a legitimate software or is it a bad thing?
    |
    | Not much is in the google record as far as I can tell.
    | Some say it's integral to the workings of XP; others say it's spyware.
    |
    | Can you help me make sense of this conflicting information about the
    | "WebFldrs XP" entry on my CCleaner Add or Remove Programs wizard?
    |
    | I should note this "WebFldrs XP" entry does NOT show up in the normal
    | Windows XP Add/Remove Programs application. But it definately shows up
    | in the well respected CCleaner freeware
    | (http://www.ccleaner.com/download) program.
    |
    | Should we remove this "WebFldrs XP" application using CCleaner?
    | What will happen if we do?
    |
    | Lisa

    Leave it alone. It is legitimate.
     
    David H. Lipman, Oct 8, 2006
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  3. lisa harkema

    Al Dykes Guest


    I just found a use for it, 10 minutes ago while playing with Chandler
    (maybe an MS Outlook killer).

    http://chandler.osafoundation.org/

    It's part of setting up a shared WebDAV folder on an XP machine.

    http://courses.unt.edu/webct/vista/faculty/webdav_winxp_vista.pdf

    I just ran the steps on the first page of that URL and my XP machine
    seems fine. I've created a shared WebDAV folder on the osafoundation
    experimental WebDAV server.
     
    Al Dykes, Oct 8, 2006
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  4. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    I see conflicting information in the google record.

    For example, this agrees with you that WebFldrs XP is legit:
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/browse_thread/thread/429cd9825607a959/77e1fa023c3ad59f?lnk=st&q=webfldrs+xp&rnum=12#77e1fa023c3ad59f
    http://discussions.virtualdr.com/archive/index.php/t-166773.html
    http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/104117.html


    Yet, this says it's a virus:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=205047&messageID=2192314
    http://discussions.virtualdr.com/showthread.php?t=189089
    http://www.hardwaregeeks.com/board/showthread.php?t=18739

    To make matters worse, there are apparently TWO different "web
    folders" applications (one in FrontPage which is apparently not
    related). This is NOT the WebFldrs XP we're talking about here:
    http://net-sites.com/sitebuilder/frontpage/fp2000/tips/webfolders.asp

    If WebFldrs XP is truly legitimate, does anyone know what it does?

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  5. From: "lisa harkema" <>

    | On Sun, 8 Oct 2006 10:29:09 -0400, "David H. Lipman"
    |
    | I see conflicting information in the google record.
    |
    | For example, this agrees with you that WebFldrs XP is legit:
    |
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/browse_thread/thread/429cd9825607a959/77e1fa023c3ad59f?lnk=st&q=webfldrs+xp&rnum=12#77e1fa023c3ad59f
    | http://discussions.virtualdr.com/archive/index.php/t-166773.html
    | http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/104117.html
    |
    | Yet, this says it's a virus:
    | http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=205047&messageID=2192314
    | http://discussions.virtualdr.com/showthread.php?t=189089
    | http://www.hardwaregeeks.com/board/showthread.php?t=18739
    |
    | To make matters worse, there are apparently TWO different "web
    | folders" applications (one in FrontPage which is apparently not
    | related). This is NOT the WebFldrs XP we're talking about here:
    | http://net-sites.com/sitebuilder/frontpage/fp2000/tips/webfolders.asp
    |
    | If WebFldrs XP is truly legitimate, does anyone know what it does?
    |
    | Lisa

    My statement hasn't changed.
     
    David H. Lipman, Oct 8, 2006
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  6. lisa harkema

    Al Dykes Guest


    See my other post, just a few minutes ago. As for your Frontpage
    file, FWIW I don't have FP on my machine.

    Web Folders is Windows file folders on a WebDAV server. These can be
    shared by multiple users but I've not gotten that far, yet.

    The instructions in the URL I posted seem to work fine and if you go
    to osafoundation.org you can try their "cosmo" WebDAV server for
    free. Read the fine print. It's a test environment and your files may
    be lost when they upgrade the server, which seems to be every few
    months.

    It's not unreasonable for Frontpage to use webdav and it's not unlike
    Microsoft to have two versions of the same thing in circulation.
     
    Al Dykes, Oct 8, 2006
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  7. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    I'm OK with it being legitimate.
    I deleted it already.
    I'm just trying to figure out what it does.

    Does EVERYONE have WebFlders XP on their system by default?
    (note: You won't see it in the normal add/remove programs)
    Does anyone know what WebFldrs XP does?

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  8. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    Ooops. I just saw the kind post by Al Dykes.
    Thanks Al for testing WebFlders XP out & for explaining what it is.

    I am guessing that EVERYONE with XP has WebFldrs XP installed and
    running (they just don't know it).

    Am I correct?

    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  9. lisa harkema

    lisa harkema Guest

    I have to wonder, out loud as it were, why Microsoft sees fit to HIDE
    this "WebFldrs XP" program from our eyes?

    Is this "normal" that Microsoft would hide a running program like
    this?

    Why hide it?

    I deleted it (using CCleaner's add/remove programs application) so
    I'll see if there are any deleterious effects ... but if EVERYONE is
    running this (and they don't even know it) ... I wonder out loud why
    Microsoft sees fit to hide that fact from their prying eyes?????

    Why would Microsoft do that?
    Lisa
     
    lisa harkema, Oct 8, 2006
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  10. lisa harkema

    pcbutts1 Guest

    Microsoft "hides" programs to try to keep "fiddling" users from deleting
    files and folders it deems necessary.
     
    pcbutts1, Oct 8, 2006
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  11. <SNIP>

    WebFldrs allows uploading of files.

    There is a whole long list of programs that MS doesn't list in add
    remove. Some are listed in XP services, while others don't seem to be
    listed at all. The latter ones are generally launched from the command
    line when needed. Some of this stuff gets launched by other programs
    via a system call to XP so the user in not very involved (or informed)
    regarding the function of the program anyway.

    Look for an entry in add remove or a short cut to Telnet. There isn't
    one. Same for Netmeeting and many more. These programs are embedded
    into Windows so if you don't know about them you will never find them.
     
    James E. Morrow, Oct 8, 2006
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  12. From: "James E. Morrow" <>

    | <SNIP>
    |
    | WebFldrs allows uploading of files.
    |
    | There is a whole long list of programs that MS doesn't list in add
    | remove. Some are listed in XP services, while others don't seem to be
    | listed at all. The latter ones are generally launched from the command
    | line when needed. Some of this stuff gets launched by other programs
    | via a system call to XP so the user in not very involved (or informed)
    | regarding the function of the program anyway.
    |
    | Look for an entry in add remove or a short cut to Telnet. There isn't
    | one. Same for Netmeeting and many more. These programs are embedded
    | into Windows so if you don't know about them you will never find them.
    |

    It is also in Win2K.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{6F716D8C-398F-11D3-8
    5E1-005004838609}
     
    David H. Lipman, Oct 8, 2006
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    Overview of Web Folders in Internet Explorer 5

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/195851

    "Web Folders is a Web authoring component that is included with Internet Explorer 5. When you use this component, you can manage files on a WWW Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) or Web Extender Client (WEC) server by using a familiar Windows Explorer or My Computer interface. WebDAV is an extension to Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that defines how basic file functions such as copy, move, delete, and create folder are performed by using HTTP. WEC is a Microsoft FrontPage protocol that is used for Web publishing.

    Note Web Folders is automatically installed on Windows 2000 systems..."

    Searching the source web site saves a lot of time over searching Google for rumors and discussions...
     
    Rea1ity, Apr 26, 2007
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