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Non-techie person asks:

There is a .systemRootModeFile in ~/users/me/library.

Is it malware, something horrible?

In the hidden library folder in ~/users/me I have a folder named .f5cd. Inside that is a folder hierarchy of .java/.systemPrefs/_!%... - the last one being a string of about 25 characters - and the folder name is in bold.

Inside that is a file prefs.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<!DOCTYPE map SYSTEM "http://java.sun.com/dtd/preferences.dtd">
<map MAP_XML_VERSION="1.0">
  <entry key="EXPDATE" value="4994"/>
  <entry key="REGVER" value="2"/>
</map>

and also within the .systemPrefs folder are two more files .system.lock and .systemRootModFile.

  • For a non-techie person you dig deep :)...what does your virus scanner says? – Ruskes Aug 18 '13 at 9:01
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    FYI, ~ means your Home folder (/Users/me/) so ~/Users/me/Library actually means /Users/me/Users/me/Library :) ~/Library refers to your Library folder in your Home folder, and so does /Users/me/Library, however combining ~ with /Users/me/Library refers to a completely different folder :) – grg Aug 18 '13 at 9:21
  • It says it is your JAVA preferences file. the Link will get you to Oracle download. – Ruskes Aug 18 '13 at 9:44
  • Do you have something similar in your system - particularly the .systemRootModFile file? – Stickershock Aug 18 '13 at 9:58
  • WHat java programs have you installed - as they can implement the preferencesFactory in several ways – Mark Aug 18 '13 at 11:48
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.systemRootModFile and the other files you mentioned are part of Java system preferences and are safe. See this thread.

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