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Strange folders in C: drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Wingo89, Jun 25, 2007.

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  1. Wingo89

    Wingo89 Thread Starter

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    I've just gone into my C drive for the first time in a while and I've noticed (they're a bit hard to miss) a load of strange folders in there.

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    Each one contains a (rather long) notepad file, which are logs of some sort.

    That's just a small extract from one of them.

    What's that all about then? Anything to worry about? :confused:
     
  2. bonk

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    Where did you find these folders excatly?

    And do you have show System files and hidden files set to show?
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    They most certainly are something to be concerned with, it's not normal! :eek:

    Do you have any other symptoms? What are the creation dates on the folders?
     
  4. Wingo89

    Wingo89 Thread Starter

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    No, 'pooter's fine.

    The dates range from 15th Dec 06 to 10th Apr 07.

    Nope.
     
  5. bonk

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    You could post a HijackThis log and see if anything shows up.


    Download HijackThis to your desktop
    • Double click on HijackThis on your Desktop
    • Then click on Unzip
    • It will install to Program files by default
    • Then Click Start>>>Run type C:\Program Files click OK
    • Look for a folder called HijackThis
    • Double click on it
    • On the right you will see a Icon of Dynamite with plunger
    • Double click on the Icon
    • Click on Icon and choose "scan system and save a logfile" usually in notepad
    • Copy and Paste the logfile in your next post
    • Using Ctrl+A to copy All and Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste.
     
  6. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    These are logs from MS updates, BUT they are generally left behind (I think), when there is an error.

    In the LOGS, are there any errors noted?

    Have you noticed MS updates failing or continually being available for installation?
     
  7. Wingo89

    Wingo89 Thread Starter

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    Yes actually, a while ago I was continually told that there were updates, but they havn't come up for a while.

    @bonk: I'll do that now.
     
  8. Wingo89

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  9. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Inside the folders, the file that you posted looks like
    msxml4-KB9nnnnnn-enu.log

    The nnnnnn is the MS KB number of the specific update that is trying to install.
     
  10. Wingo89

    Wingo89 Thread Starter

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    Does it matter all that much that they didn't install properly?

    Is it safe to delete them?
     
  11. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Check and see if it is the same update referenced in each directory.

    It could be that it continually tried and failed to install, but eventually worked.

    You can connect to Windows Updates and view the installed updates there, to confirm.
     
  12. Wingo89

    Wingo89 Thread Starter

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    All the same; 27978.

    On my update history on the Windows Update site it has about 200 cases of it (and there are a similar number of folders on the computer), most say they succeeded with the odd one here and there coming up as failed.

    Do you think it would be alright to delete them, as most of the notepad files are 1mb each and are taking up a bit of space?
     
  13. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    They are just log files and as such should be deleteable. As I understand it, these folders are normally in the \Temp folder.

    You should see that actual uninstall for this update in Add\remove as well as a folder under \Windows\@NtuninstallKB27978$
     
  14. Wingo89

    Wingo89 Thread Starter

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    Cheers man, you're a star.

    Thanks to the rest of you too.
     
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