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Strange Looking Temp Files!

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  1. GoJoAGoGo

    GoJoAGoGo Thread Starter

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    Hi:

    My system is Windows XP Home SP3. I thought temp files were usually found in the C:\Windows\Temp folder. There are 59 files named "Set.Tmp" in C:\Windows. I use several "Temp File" removal programs, CCleaner, EasyCleaner and ATF Cleaner but none of these programs found the 59 files. I just installed Revo Uninstaller and used the "Junk Files Cleaner" tool, it found the 59 files. The files location are C:\Windows\Set2A.Tmp and range from "Set2A - Set59". The files are all "Read-only"and I can open them with WordPad.

    Are these files safe to remove? I heard all Temp Files are safe to remove but since 3 out of 4 Temp File removal program failed to find them and the files aren't located in the C:\Windows\Temp folder, I'm concerned.

    Thanks ;)
     
  2. Bernardo

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    Do a search for .tmp and delete everything it finds.
     
  3. GoJoAGoGo

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    Bernardo, thanks for your reply:

    So then by doing the .tmp search it's safe to delete these files even though they are located in another place other than the C:\Windows\Temp folder? Why did CCleaner, EasyCleaner and ATF Cleaner miss these Set.Tmp files? That's my main concern.
     
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    You can safely delete the contents of these temp folders:

    C:\WINDOWS\Temp

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

    If you do a lot of installing and uninstalling and updating programs, I recommend deleting the contents of these temp folders at least once or twice a month.

    I'd be real careful what I delete from the C:\WINDOWS folder.

    ToniArts EasyCleaner 2.0.6.380 used to be a great program for finding and deleting temp files, but it hasn't been updated in years, so I caution you using it.

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    Hi flavallee:

    Thanks for your reply. Yeah, I felt these 59 Set.Tmp files were perhaps suspicious sitting in the C:\Windows folder. Right now I have them in the Recycle Bin and will wait a several days to see if my system really does need them.
     
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    After doing a Google search for some more information, it appears these 59 Set.Tmp files were created by the Windows XP SP3 update which I did do about a month ago. I read a few posts at another forum that mentioned this type of Set.Tmp file but the files were located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, unlike my situation of finding them in C:\Windows folder. :confused:
     
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    If they've been sitting in the Recycle Bin and your computer and your programs are working okay, it's probably safe to delete them.

    Just be careful about deleting files from inside the C:\WINDOWS and C:\WINDOWS\System32 folders.

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