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Why do I have a folder 4_1 on my main Hard Drive

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Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Mar 10, 2013 3:33 PM

The past couple of weeks I suddenly notice a folder on my main window when I open my main Hard Drive.  It is a standard folder labeled 4_1 with nothing in the folder!


What is this?  Why is it appearing?  I believe it must be somehow related to an application I am using--- but which one and why?  Not a virus is it?


Very strange--- any comments welcome!


Best regards,



Steve Schulte

Sunday 10 March 2013

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, Also a Mac SE running 6.0.4 - not upgrading that!
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)

    Not sure what that is. You are probably correct that it is being created by something you are using, but I don't know what that would be.


    Try opening terminal and typing

    ls -al

    leaving a space after the al, (don't hit return, yet), then drag the folder to Terminal and drop. Hit return.

    Essentially, you'll get this as the command:

    ls -al /4_1

    If there is anything hidden in the folder, it will be displayed in the terminal. The first line will be the folder itself, ending in a .

    The second line is the enclosing foler, ending in . .

    Then, it will list the contents of the folder.

    Mac mini (Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)

    It means there is nothing in the folder, hidden or visible.

    It is owned by you, so whatever created it was operating under your login.

  • Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,135 points)

    Could it be Network Magic or something called 4shared?  Try a spotlight search if you aren't sure.

  • Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,135 points)

    Does it show up in Safe Mode?  Boot with Shift held.


    Have a look at your login items and see if anything rings a bell.  Apple >> system preferences >> Users and Groups >> Login Items (upper right).

  • Patty1 Calculating status...

    Stephen, I found an empty folder by that name at the top level of my iMac's hard drive last night and went Googling to see whether anyone had information about it. The only info I found was this thread.


    But...I went back in my Firefox history and discovered that the creation time on the folder was right around the time I installed a trial version of Wondershare AllMyTube. By any chance have you recently installed that or some other Wondershare product? I've now removed that trial software and the folder; so far today, no further sign of the folder.

  • Patty1 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    That's interesting, Stephen. I see from the Wondershare website that their AllMyTube product is also on version 4.1.0, so is it possible that you and I ended up with the same folder because of different programs??


    Too bad your situation wasn't solved with my idea about AllMyTube. I was just about to book a flight to lovely Bruxelles for that dinner. :-)




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