Not sure if I have malware or not, but I discovered this folder as I was working on my website:
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Seems pretty normal, right? Well, when I tried to delete it, it was apparently symlinked to the actual "sergix.net" folder in the same directory. Ok, whatever, I'll just delete the symlink. But then it gave a message as if it was deleting the symlinked folder; strange. I backed up the real folder and deleted it from the directory. However, now when I try and delete whatever this crap is, it just says how the "sergix.net" I moved doesn't exist:
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But in cmd, it reports as a directory:
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And when I try to delete, it just says "not" found, most likely because the folder it's apparently linked to doesn't exist:
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Also, rmdir on this folder removes it's symlinked folder when it exists.

It's also worth noting that it displays this as <DIR> and not <SYMLINK>.

So at this point, I've also tried Unlocker, rebooting, and a bunch of other things. I also don't know what made this file or anything; I did scan for malware but all it found was a small Trojan that has been deleted.

Also, ATTRIB reports it not finding the file.

Any advice?

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    Try dir /X to display the old DOS-formatted short names for files. In my testing, most of the commands just ignore the . at the end, so it is trying to delete sergix.net instead of sergix.net.. This Q&A may also be helpful. – Worthwelle Jul 19 '18 at 20:07
  • Ah, ok. It does display SERGIX~1, however when I attempt to delete it it still is symlinking to the other directory; neither del or rmdir seem to work still. – Sergix Jul 19 '18 at 20:47
  • It seems, for some odd reason, that of all things 7-Zip was able to at least move it, I found out after reading that Q&A. I'll see if I can delete it now. Thanks! – Sergix Jul 19 '18 at 20:52

I never considered it being that the folder name ended in a .; therefore, if you use 7-Zip or WinRar, you can pack it into a ZIP while selecting the option to delete the original folder. The only thing I'm still confused on is the Symlink aspect, but hey, it works.

Credit goes to @Worthwelle!

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