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strange zip files in C:\PROGRAMS

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by starchild, Apr 20, 2004.

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  1. starchild

    starchild Thread Starter

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    I was looking for files I didn't need to delete (going by directions someone else was given here, to put large size files in FIND- FILES/FOLDERS) and came across a zip file in C\PROGRAMS. Actually, when I looked there are 4 in all.

    I unzipped one and it seems to be some sort of temp files, nothing that seems good. But, I wanted to make sure.

    They are CAB files one says CREATED March 7, 2003 and modified Sept 29,2000(they were modified 3 years before? I don't think I think I reinstalled WINDOWS less than a year ago) The others are similar.

    One is DATA (26MB) one is DATA1 (102MB) when I unzip them the files that come up have all ???? after them for ratio and packed.

    One _Sys1 says user1.CAB and isn't a valid zip file, it can't be opened. Says if it was downloaded to do it again.

    There are 4 of them (zip file icons) in the PROGRAMS. I'm not an expert about files and programs, I think CAB ones are something to do with installing WINDOWS?

    It just doesn't seem like zip files should be in there. They aren't in any folders (in PROGRAMS) just out loose on the bottom of the folders.

    Anyone tell me what they are and can I delete them? (Just checking)

    I have WIN 98 SE

    Thanks,

    ~ Carrie
     
  2. Lobos

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    i wouldnt they sound like installation files for windows
     
  3. Whiteskin

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    I agree. Some manufactures used to place CABs of the OS on the disk, so that components could be installed and removed without a real disk. I know HP used to do this, and i think old Dells did too.
     
  4. starchild

    starchild Thread Starter

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    Thanks..

    I just thought it was odd that they were zip files.

    ~ Carrie
     
  5. kiwiguy

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    Some .cab files can be opened with Zip programs, and there is probably a file association between the Zip and the .cab.

    Thats why they "show" as zip files, its not that they necessarily are .zip files.
     
  6. starchild

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    the ones that I opened looked more like temp files of some kind. Some were tutorials for Quark Xpress but the graphics on them didn't open. Some were just graphics, like might come on an ad or something.

    The more I learn about computers the more confusing they seem :)

    I saw something on t.v. what was going to be on the 11:00 news it said "is your computer watching you?"

    Maybe it means spyware, and not like a hidden camera in the monitor (all this time)

    ~ Carrie
     
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