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The RSL-browcombed_puregreenm file and YOU!

Its come to our attention that there's a tonne of sims being shared that are suffering from the 'suckerfish' style file, RSL-browcombed_puregreenm.package. This file attaches itself to any and all sims packaged in bodyshop - whether you used it or not. Massively suckful, right?

If you don't use clean installer to remove it when you see it then it will also go into your own downloads, and begin attaching itself to YOUR files as well. Though it does seem like a benign attachment, its still annoying and prolific.

There's an original discovery post about this at thesims2, entitled File always shows up in my Sims2Packs.

As outlined in that post, it can show up as being named something else - especially if you install a downloaded sim using the EA package installer instead of Clean Installer. The name suggested in that post is: 38ece0f829ad74c0da3fb0fb9doabff.package, and 38ece0f8298ad74c0da3fb9da0bff.package.package.package.

I've actually found this file in my downloads in the past by searching my machine for that string of numbers, but unfortunately that number CAN change due to installation with the EA package installer randomizing the file names.

So basically, please be aware of this problem, ALWAYS use Clean Installer (or MacUnpack) to install sims and if you have any further suggestions on finding this file in order to BURNINATE IT out of your downloads folder, please don't hesitate to comment!


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May. 10th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
i found this back in my downloads after removing it once on friday and it wasted 2 hours of extracting and packaging sims...i had to repackage them and it was such a waste i was sooo mad...ill double check my downloads but i dont think i have it attached to any of them
May. 10th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
You can use clean installer to pull up your whole DL folder and hunt down this little blight?

(sorry, it's been so long since I've played with any sim stuff I don't remember the finer points of clean installer)

(if you need me to repack any of my stuff, just give a yell)
May. 10th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
No, no. ;) When you download sims, the file will show up on their list of CC that the sim comes with.

You can use Delphy's Download Organizer to bring up your folder and nuke it.
May. 11th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
Ahh, good to know. (funny how you forget all these things you used to know)
May. 10th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
I don't even have any idea how to find out if I've been spreading this thing.

(It's a Sims STD! Teach our teens and YAs Safe Woohoo!)
May. 10th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Use the Clean Installer (http://sims2pack.modthesims2.com/) to install a sim (or open up a sims2pack of your packaged sim) and check to see if the file shows up on the list of CC that pops up.
May. 10th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Darn. Unfortunately it's still several weeks before I can do that, then, because I'm away from my Clean Installer/game.
May. 10th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
If you link me to the sims you've uploaded, I can check them for you. (: I can't check your game for you, but I can at least do that.
May. 10th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I mean, you don't have to, but if you're bored or something feel free. :P This study abroad thing is great, but it has some consequences I hadn't thought out, and being away from my game (and the massive Sims withdrawal I've experienced) is part of that.

My uploaded Sims are here; there's only six: http://community.livejournal.com/simlobster/3450.html
May. 10th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
It takes all but three seconds! :)
And studying abroad sounds fun, but I bet it'll be great to be home too. :)

As of right now (5:44pm; Monday, May 10th, 2010) all of your sims are clean.
May. 10th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I mean I love it here and it's great, but I'm getting a little Franced out by this point. But it's only one more month until I'm done, plus a week for traveling Europe after that. It'll zip by so fast, I just know it.

Thank you! Hopefully they'll stay that way. I can't wait to do something pixel_tradey when I get back. Is there anything I should look out for to avoid this contamination? Is it only on Sims or could it be in lots and downloads, too? I'm new to the sharing aspect of the fandom and I know to use Clean Installer, but I still get a little paranoid something's going to hitchhike in because I don't know to be on the lookout.
May. 10th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'll have a check for that file, I've heard of it before, but never really understood - is the file's purpose to just cling onto files or something?
May. 10th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about other purposes, but what it does is attach itself to -every single sim- that you package. It has other adverse effects, I believe, but I can't remember them. xD
May. 10th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
You can also find it in Delphy's Download Organizer, and I'm pretty sure I found it by searching rsl-browcombed, etc. :)
May. 10th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
ack! I just checked the sims I most recently uploaded and they have this. I've been so careful when downloading!
May. 10th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I just searched my folders and checked up on my uploaded sims, doesn't look like I've gotten it yet, thankfully!
May. 10th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Checked all my sims 2 and they're clean. Thanks for the heads up. Cursed suckerfish programs ruining the fun.
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May. 11th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
i checked the last batch of sims i have for download and only one of them has it, does that file do anything specifically bad? D:

i'll have to check the rest later on when i have time ^^;
May. 11th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
I downloaded a sim the other day that had this, but I just sort-of blissfully didn't install that piece of it.

I suppose it's a decent warning to remind people to check their packed sims, since it seems to attach to all exported sims once its in the download folder. But everyone should do that anyway--I've noticed things like toddler accessories hanging onto adult sims' files when I've packed my own up.

Open your files with CI, and uncheck anything that shouldn't be on there, and resave the file! It will save you uploading time, if nothing else.

As for finding the file in your downloads folder, the best way to identify it is probably with the value in the hash field in CI. That's what it uses to identify duplicates. Since I've only ever seen the offending file in one packed sim ever, I'm probably not going to have the opportunity to find it again soon. But if you run across it again, I'd see what hash value CI showed.
May. 12th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Grr. I checked all my sims CC lists with a paranoid frenzy the other day and found them clean.

Then I uploaded a load today without checking, and behold there it is. Which means one of the sims I downloaded today must have had it.

The one time I let my guard down and it slips in.

I am not happy after how long it took me to upload my sims. Now I have to do that all over again!
May. 13th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for the reminder to double check my Downloads folder.
May. 15th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I have the darn file.. and the only way i found around it when uploading sims, is when packing on bodyshop dont use brows at all maxis or custom annoying i know...
May. 15th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
This string of numbers is also one of the names of little bugger.. comes as .package and .package..package..package.


Mar. 20th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
thankyou for this, i've just been notified that i have this file but i couldn't find it! mine was named this also
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