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#1 Cloud_Strife

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:24 AM

Was browsing through folders on my laptop seeing what was eating up all my space and I found a folder in the "Temp" called "901S5176A36" containing heaps of .tmp files from a few KB to 100 MB, taking up nearly 6 GB in space.

Are these files necessary and why are they taking up so much space and is it safe to delete them?

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#2 fozzie

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:32 AM

Are you using a P2P application like Limewire or Bittorrent? You could do the following :

* Clean your Cache and Cookies in IE:
  • Close all instances of Outlook Express and Internet Explorer
  • Go to Control Panel > Internet Options > General tab
  • Click the "Delete Cookies" button
  • Next to it, Click the "Delete Files" button
  • When prompted, place a check in: "Delete all offline content", click OK
* Clean your Cache and Cookies in Firefox (In case you also have Firefox installed):
  • Go to Tools > Options.
  • Click Privacy in the menu on the left side of the Options window.
  • Click the Clear button located to the right of each option (History, Cookies, Cache).
  • Click OK to close the Options window
    Alternatively, you can clear all information stored while browsing by clicking Clear All.
    A confirmation dialog box will be shown before clearing the information.
* Clean other Temporary files + Recycle bin
  • Go to start > run and type: cleanmgr and click ok.
  • Let it scan your system for files to remove.
  • Make sure Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files, and Recycle Bin are the only things checked.
  • Press OK to remove them.


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Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:44 AM

You might be better off using some freeware such as: ATF and ccleaner

Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.

Edited by Nikas, 12 May 2007 - 03:45 AM.


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Posted 12 May 2007 - 06:25 AM

Oddly enough, that particular temp folder name appears as an infection in a search. Couple examples below:

stonedrv.exe - Dangerous

ZTOOL1.EXE Trojan

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:21 PM

Thanks a lot guys. Tried the ATF-Cleaner and it cleaned up all those files.

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 11:55 PM

Thanks a lot guys. Tried the ATF-Cleaner and it cleaned up all those files.


You're Welcome! :thumbsup:

Cheers,
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Posted 13 May 2007 - 02:55 AM

Nice catch Hitsquad :thumbsup: 2 HJT Trainees overlooked that one :flowers:

start with checking for malware causes to your problem.
Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/]SuperAintiSpyware

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.

Bitdefender[/url


After that, download DrWeb-CureIt & save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.

Reboot your computer in [url="http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/tutorial61.html"]SAFE MODE using the F8 method.

Scan with DrWeb-CureIt as follows:

* Double-click on drweb-cureit.exe to start the program. An "Express Scan of your PC" notice will appear.
* Under "Start the Express Scan Now", Click "OK" to start. This is a short scan that will scan the files currently running in memory and when something is found, click the Yes button when it asks you if you want to cure it.
* Once the short scan has finished, Click Options > Change settings
* Choose the "Scan tab" and UNcheck "Heuristic analysis"
* Back at the main window, click "Select drives" (a red dot will show which drives have been chosen)
* Then click the "Start/Stop Scanning" button (green arrow on the right) and the scan will start.
* When done, a message will be displayed at the bottom advising if any viruses were found.
* Click "Yes to all" if it asks if you want to cure/move the file.
* When the scan has finished, look if you can see the icon next to the files found. If so, click it, then click the next icon right below and select "Move incurable".
(This will move it to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if it can't be cured)
* Next, in the Dr.Web CureIt menu on top, click file and choose save report list.
* Save the DrWeb.csv report to your desktop.
* Exit Dr.Web Cureit when done.
* Important! Reboot your computer because it could be possible that files in use will be moved/deleted during reboot.




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