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I've got a new laptop. When I copy photos to it from my camera I get additional folders with the same file name prefix e.g. DSC01234 and the suffix ".JPG.files". I get one for each photo. They each contain files with names like vcm_s_kf_m160_160x120.jpg and vcm_s_kf_repr_832x624.jpg. Does anyone have any idea where they're from? My concern is that it's a virus although NIS 2010 hasn't found anything.

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Says here, if the laptop is a Sony Vaio, the Vaio Content Manager creates those automatically,…. – hyperslug Dec 20 '09 at 16:10
I've +1'd that for you as it is a Vaio and I've found Vaio Content running - yet one more piece of crap on this box. If you post it as an answer, you'll get the tick (in case you're a points-junkie!). I'm really disappointed: this is my first Sony and I didn't expect all this pre-installed crap from them - I thought they were better than that. I won't be paying over the odds again. – serialhobbyist Dec 20 '09 at 16:19
Actually serial, could you post a step-by-step answer of how to fix the issue (you may have to wait 2 days to accept)? I don't have a Vaio and I only skimmed the link so I wouldn't be able to verify what the solution was. – hyperslug Dec 20 '09 at 16:42
It was as harrymc wrote below. I didn't wait around to see if the content analyser would clean up after itself, I just searched for .JPG.files using Windows Explorer and deleted them. – serialhobbyist Dec 23 '09 at 6:26
up vote 1 down vote accepted

This thread seems to discuss the same problem:
When adding pictures to Vista Picture folder it creates a HIDDEN folder of the same name with two copies of same picture in it.

The answer there was:

Problem is with vaio content analyzer software that comes along with vaio...
Just search for the Vaio content analyzer (settings) and unmark

Video analyzis
picture analyzis
music analyzis

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How are you copying the files fro your camera?

If you are using a specific piece of software rather than a straight file copy using Windows explorer then I assume that this software maintains meta-data about the images and/or thumbnails (so it doesn't need to recreate the thumbnail every time it wants to display it) of them in these extra files.

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Nice idea but no, I only use Explorer to copy files. The SD card goes into the slot on the laptop and I use Explorer. My phone mini-SD goes into a USB adapter and into a USB socket. I use Explorer for that, too. – serialhobbyist Dec 20 '09 at 16:03

Those subfolders are hidden files, so you need to change the setting in the folder options. Go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View > In advance settings, click Don't show hidden files, folders or drives.

This should hide those unwanted subfolders inside My Pictures folder.

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I didn't ask how to get rid of them, I asked what they were. -1 for not reading the question. If your approach to fixing problems is to hide them perhaps you should keep your advice to yourself. – serialhobbyist Dec 10 '10 at 10:26

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