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Auto Update loads suspicious files

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#1 wertr


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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:53 PM

First posting, thanks for your consideration. I am stumped. My XP Home netbook is fine until I install "updates" from the microsoft site. Immediately I notice my 8GB SSD nearly full. Eventually the system grinds to a halt. This occurs on a 2-week cycle. (For me!) serious sleuthing shows 8-10 odd looking hidden files, some 1GB+, with strange character strings for filenames: tildas, crosses, brackets, etc. "Location" for these files shows a common element in the Windows folder: "SPUNINST". The files cannot be deleted. Only turning off automatic updates before anything downloads breaks this cycle.

As the SSD netbook config does not permit a recovery partition, my only option is XP reload. Very tedious (but I'm getting real good at it!). I'm not completely comfortable not updating at all, but don't know any different. What self-inflicted error am I committing?

Thanks all.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 09 December 2010 - 11:51 AM

You need a larger drive, IMO.


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