Rest easy MHC! They are folders, but they are empty. All of these oddball ones are zero length empty folders.
It reminds me of a bug I used to have on an old Windows ME system I had. An interaction bug between Windows ME and Norton SystemWorks that caused literally 10s of thousands of bogus zero length device files to be created. This meant that every time I deleted or installed a new device (printer, scanner, mouse, whatever), it would take hours, as Windows painfully searched this entire (and always growing) list of existing devices. I used to go in to the offending folder every now and then and spend hours cleaning it up (since they were interspersed with legitimate device files, I couldn't just select all and delete - it was a very painful process), only to have to repeat it again in a weeks time. It was SO frustrating. I never did find the cause until after I had bought a new computer and was no longer using Windows ME - I stumbled upon an article on it while trying to solve yet another Norton related issue.
So, when I saw gobbeldy-gook named, zero length preference files, my first reaction was OMG, have I somehow installed Norton without realizing it??? :dive:
...of course I haven't, but it worries me when bogus stuff starts to show up.
Thanks for the help everyone. I am going to try moving them out and see what happens.