Conspicuous empty files with ansi character names in home directory

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http://stackoverflow.com – I've been setting up a new server and recently logged in and found odd files, with ansi character names in the home directory of a CentOS 6 server. I'm not even sure where to start in terms of troubleshooting, or what might have caused it. It's a brand new drive on a new dedicated server, so the likelihood of data corruption is probably fairly low. I've attached a partial screenshot. (HowTos)