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#1 Hikermann

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:10 PM

I notice numerous files with string designations similar to these showing up in my backup; what are they; can they be deleted?

bdfff555f7845c308e0f5d76afe0
ebbdbda9a3a745ae660f5948
a109b33a5819ecb761c4

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:33 PM

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-windows_update/can-windows-update-files-be-deleted-from-the-c/70aae730-8b7e-4aff-97f6-a873a095cd6f

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:54 PM

Hello -

I am just asking if there is a special reason to find this out ?

Do you just want to know, or do you want to remove them ?

They "seem" to be related to a Seagate Drive, about I can find -

 

Put bdfff555f7845c308e0f5d76afe0 into Google and you get ..............

 

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I notice numerous files with string designations similar to these showing up in my backup; what are they; can they be deleted?

 

Seagate forum Feb 24 2013
Looking in Windows Explorer, there is a file under Seagate
bdfff555f7845c308e0f5d76afe0

 

 

Hikermann 4 minutes ago 
Do you have Seagate drive ?
>>Toms Hardware -

 

I notice numerous files with string designations similar to these showing up in my backup; what are they; can they be deleted?
bdfff555f7845c308e0f5d76afe0
ebbdbda9a3a745ae660f5948
a109b33a5819ecb761c4
>>MYCE -

 

Why not just leave them for now .......... :thumbup2:

 

Thank You -


Edited by noknojon, 24 October 2013 - 12:03 AM.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:22 PM

Are you sure they are files and not folders?


Randomly named alpha/numeric folders are commonly created and used temporarily when updating Windows components. They are also used by some software programs (i.e. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, etc) during update or installation to hold setup files (.inf, .cat, .gpd, .ppd and .dlls) and other information. These files and folders are usually automatically removed as part of the update process. However, its not uncommon for them not to be cleaned up and left behind after the update has been applied. When that occurs they usually can be manually deleted at any time.

For example, when you run the MS Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), a temporary folder with random alpha/numeric characters (i.e. C\79f142e5e9e574d23954) will be created on your C:\ drive that contains mrt.exe, mrtstub.exe and a file named $shtdwn$.req. Since external drives can be a hiding place for malicious files, MSRT will scan them too and you may find a left over folder in that location. Usually fter performing a scan and you click finish or cancel, the folder will automatically be removed right away or after the next restart of the computer. If not, Microsoft says the folder and its contents can be manually deleted without an adverse effect on the computer.

The following is an excerpt from Microsoft explaining the folders used by MSRT:

The Malicious Software Removal Tool does not use an installer. Typically, when you run the Malicious Software Removal Tool, it creates a randomly named temporary directory on the root drive of the computer. This directory contains several files, and it includes the Mrtstub.exe file. Most of the time, this folder is automatically deleted after the tool finishes running or after the next time that you start the computer. However, this folder may not always be automatically deleted. In these cases, you can manually delete this folder, and this has no adverse effect on the computer.


Installation of service packs, security updates from Microsoft for MSMXL packages and hotfixes also create temporary randomly alpha/numeric named folders. Sometimes these folders create sub-folders as described here or contain sub-folders like amd64 and i386. The creation date should match the installation date of the updates or show in the ReportingEvents.log located in the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder. spmsg.dll is a Microsoft Service Pack file commonly found in randomly named alpha/numeric folders as shown here. SP1QFE, SP2QFE, SP3QFE and SP2GDR are also Service Pack files from Microsoft which you may encounter.

Again, finding these leftover temporary files are not uncommon after applying an update. Other legitimate programs can also create randomly named folders in various areas of your hard drive. Sometimes identifying the source is as simple as opening the folder and looking inside for sub-folders and file names which may provide a clue as to what program created them. In many cases if you delete these folders, the program will recreate them immediately after rebooting the computer.
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