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Solved: Temp files windows xp

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mpattu, Jun 12, 2013.

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  1. mpattu

    mpattu Thread Starter

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    dear all

    i used to run "%Temp% to delete temp files and also from recycle bin. till yesterday, it was
    working alright.

    when i ran %Temp% today, i could not delete the files fully and the number of temp files is endless.
    you may call it "loop" problem. i scan the system files using norton. some threats were detected
    and rectified by norton.

    i shall be glad the forum members help me solving this problem. os is windows xp.

    thanks

    narayanan m.s.
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Hello mpattu,

    I'm not quite sure what "%temp% is -- a registry script you made?

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    I'd like to back up a bit and ask why you run this "%temp%" file?

    And as far as the number of temp files being endless, that obviously can't be possible due to a capacity cap of the harddrive. Is it just that when deleting the files, the loading bar stays at the same place?
     
  3. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Cody, "%Temp%" is a command you put in the run box to open the user's "Local Settings\Temp" folder. But there are much better methods these days to remove them. However, it sounds like malware is an issue here.

    Please download DDS by sUBs to your desktop from the following location:

    http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/dds.scr

    Double-click the dds.scr file to run the program.

    It will automatically run in silent mode and then you will see the following note:

    "Two logs shall be created on your Desktop".

    The logs will be named dds.txt and attach.txt.

    Wait until the logs appear and then copy and paste their contents in your post.


    Please download GMER from: http://www.gmer.net

    Click on the "Download EXE" button and save the randomly named .exe file to your desktop.

    Note: You must uninstall any CD Emulation programs that you have before running GMER as they can cause conflicts and give false results.

    Double click the GMER .exe file on your desktop to run the tool and it will automatically do a quick scan.

    If the tool warns of rootkit activity and asks if you want to run a full scan, click on No and make sure the following are unchecked on the right-hand side:

    IAT/EAT
    Any drive letter other than the primary system drive (which is generally C).

    Click the Scan button and when the scan is finished, click Save and save the log in Notepad with the name ark.txt to your desktop.

    Note: It's important that all other windows be closed and that you don't touch the mouse or do anything with the computer during the scan as it may cause it to freeze. You should disable your screen saver as if it comes on it may cause the program to freeze.

    Open the ark.txt file and copy and paste the contents of the log here please.
     
  4. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    I was aware that it opened up the Temp folder, but from the OP's wording, I was under the impression it was some sort of script they had created with the same name. Thanks for addressing the question though. (y) :)

    mpattu, I'll leave you in the extremely capable hands of Cookiegal. :)
     
  5. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Cody:

    Using the %temp% command in "Run" opens this temp folder:

    C:\Documents And Settings\Username\Local Settings\Temp
    (Windows XP)

    C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Temp
    (Windows Vista/7)

    As Cookiegal said, there are other ways to do it - which also finds and removes temp files from other locations.

    TFC.exe (Temp File Cleaner by Old Timer) is one which I use.

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  6. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    No problem. :) I like Old Timer's TFC as well. :)
     
  7. SUEOHIO

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    Sounds like a good program ill have to try it.i usually have to sit there and delete the files one at a time which can take a long time.
     
  8. mpattu

    mpattu Thread Starter

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    dear sueohio

    as suggested i download "old timer". it deleted all the temp files. after having waited for nearly
    15 minutes allowing time for deleting files in recycle bin, i exited. since the screen does not
    show what is happening. when i checked the bin, there were no files.

    one more clarification: how often should i run "old timer".

    narayanan m.s.
     
  9. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Depending on how you use your computer and how fast temp files accumulate, deleting them once or twice a month should be sufficient.

    Make sure you close all open windows before you start and run Old Timer.

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  10. mpattu

    mpattu Thread Starter

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    dear flavallee

    thanks a lot for your guidance.

    narayanan m.s.
     
  11. flavallee

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