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I am running Windows 8 x64.

Using a development tool created this log file. Chrome was launched from the dev tool to open it. But I cannot see it from Windows Explorer or Command Prompt. I have show all files / hidden files / system files turned on. It does not appear. I am concerned there may be a root kit. I have disabled UAC (put to bottom)

When the file got updated by the dev tool, I was able to refresh it and see it in chrome. I could also close chrome (fully) and reopen chrome and still see it from there. I just can't find it in the folder view or with the command prompt.

Chrome opens this: file:///C:/windows/system32/_impact.log

Can someone tell me if this is a likely a root kit, or is there something else going on here?

Thanks, Nachum

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What happens when you copy that URI and paste it in another browser? – gronostaj Apr 2 '13 at 16:09
i found no reference to that filename on the web; can you open it from notepad giving the path or any other editor to check the contents? – Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Apr 2 '13 at 17:10
IE couldn't open it... Not sure why. The filename is from the dev tool, there is no malicious meaning to the filename _impact.log. The worry is that a rootkit is somehow hiding all filenames that start with underscore. I doubt there actually is a rootkit, but i don't understand why I can't see the log file. I can open it in Chrome, but I can't see it in Windows Explorer or with the Command Prompt. – nachum Apr 2 '13 at 23:23
What dev tool? Try elevating the command prompt, then running dir c:\windows\system32_impact.log /a-d – Mark Allen Apr 2 '13 at 23:56
Have you tried searching for the file under C:\Windows from Explorer or the Command Prompt? Have you looked in C:\Windows\SysWOW64? – Karan Apr 3 '13 at 18:41
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Karan answered this question. The files were in C:\Windows\SysWow64. Thanks Karan

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