I haven't been able to test this extensively yet, so bear with me.
The scenario is like so: I created a temporary file on my web server, downloaded the file, deleted the file. About 3 minutes later I noticed a 404 error for that file. It was never linked, and only existed for a matter of seconds.
So, I started running tests. I created an empty file, navigated to it, deleted it. Again about 3 minutes later, a 404 error for that file. Next, I just typed in a url for a non-existent file. Again 3 minutes later, a 404 error.
I ran a virus scan with Trend Micro Internet Security on my system (which is a 2 week old fresh Vista install, fully up to date) that turned up nothing (not that it rules out the possibility). Interestingly, I am in the Eastern US, the IP for the offender is in Japan.
Does anybody have ideas or suggestions for me to track down why my HTTP requests are being mimicked by somebody in Japan?