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Quarantine Folder Overwhelm

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 08:24 PM

Using Windows XP. The hard drive is a 40 gig drive. After dealing with a number of spyware issues, I noticed a folder with somewhere around 87,000 files in it consuming 17.7 gigabytes of memory. The path is c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\AOL\UserProfiles\All Users\antiSpyware\quarantine\quarantine. It takes a good long cup of coffee just to query the contents of the folder. Lots of tmp files and zip files of varying sizes. The compressed files are numerically named. Is there any reason I should not just delete all of the files? I should say the system I refer to is not mine. I am attempting a fix of a friend's who along with her two sons left it wide open. There is now a firewall in place and antivirus software running. Adaware and Spybot still come up with issues, though not as severe. Got a bogged down system and wondered if the above mentioned large folder played a role.


Edited by FALCONLEADER, 18 January 2007 - 08:42 PM.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 08:26 PM

You could use more than 3 words to explain your problem

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 09:13 PM

That is a huge file! I would delete it. Hope you can. You should use some of the better antimalware programs like the two below to help Adaware and Spybot.

Run the super antispyware in safe mode. Bit Defender is a fully functional online scanner.
I would also suggest using Ccleaner before doing the scans to remove all the temporary files and logs that will slow down the scanning time.
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