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Hello san31 :smile:

Yes, that is a malware infection so follow vladimir`s instructions.

In the meantime you can try to fix the problem and be able to open your drive

Open Windows Explorer
Tools/Folder Options/View

Put a check at “Show hidden files and folders”
Remove check from “Hide extensions for known file types”

Remove check from “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”

Now have a look in the root of the drive. By this I mean C:\ or D:\ or whatever it is. NOT C:\Windows.... etc

Start and select "Search" and search for
"autorun.inf" (Search the computer including hidden files)

Can you see a file "Autorun.inf"
If so rename it to a "a *.bak" file. (Right click/Rename)
It then becomes "AutoRun.bak"
Reboot and check if fixed.

You can delete the file later if all is well.

There is an association fix for drives at the site below
Scroll down to
“Frequently used Tips & fixes for Windows XP”
Select the “Drive association fix for XP”

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