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trouble with temp folder... please help!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by IceQn68, Jan 23, 2006.

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  1. IceQn68

    IceQn68 Thread Starter

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    When I try to empty my temp folder (run/%temp%) I have 3 folders that wont be removed. Cookies/History/TemporaryInternet I have no clue how they got in there to begin with. I've tried to get rid of them from the temp but it wont let me. Any ideas on how to remove them?
    Thanks
     
  2. wacor

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    well these are the instructions i got to empty temp after having spyware problems. should work for you. i would think you want to double check the recycle bin to make sure there is nothing there you would want to save before starting.

    note that this is done in the safe mode.



    Delete your temporary files:

    In safe mode navigate to the C:\Windows\Temp folder. Open the Temp folder and go to Edit - Select All then Edit - Delete to delete the entire contents of the Temp folder.

    Go to Start - Run and type %temp% in the Run box. The Temp folder will open. Click Edit - Select All then hit Delete to delete the entire contents of the Temp folder.

    Finally go to Control Panel - Internet Options. On the General tab under "Temporary Internet Files" Click "Delete Files". Put a check by "Delete Offline Content" and click OK. Click on the Programs tab then click the "Reset Web Settings" button. Click Apply then OK.

    Empty the recycle bin.
     
  3. IceQn68

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    didnt work... files are still there. Thanks for the help tho wac
     
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    "bump"
     
  5. Lance1

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    Try deleting it from the command prompt. here is a list of the switchs you can use.

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\karin>del /?
    Deletes one or more files.

    DEL [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names
    ERASE [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names

    names Specifies a list of one or more files or directories.
    Wildcards may be used to delete multiple files. If a
    directory is specified, all files within the directory
    will be deleted.

    /P Prompts for confirmation before deleting each file.
    /F Force deleting of read-only files.
    /S Delete specified files from all subdirectories.
    /Q Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to delete on global wildcard
    /A Selects files to delete based on attributes
    attributes R Read-only files S System files
    H Hidden files A Files ready for archiving
    - Prefix meaning not

    If Command Extensions are enabled DEL and ERASE change as follows:

    The display semantics of the /S switch are reversed in that it shows
    you only the files that are deleted, not the ones it could not find.

    C:\Documents and Settings\karin>
     
  6. IceQn68

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    Thanks Lance, but i have no clue what all that means and im afraid i may delete something i shouldnt
     
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    Or a simple way would be to download and install this little program (called System Security Suite, version 1.04). It's free and very effective. Even cleans out Index.dat file.

    http://www.igorshpak.net/

    (I always think the easiest solution is usually the "best way" to do things)
     
  8. wacor

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    unless i missed it you have not posted what the files are. maybe if you copied and pasted them in a post and perhaps also do a Hijack This somebody can figure out if you have a bug or what is going on.

    not much more i can offer here other than that. assume you have run all the spyware stuff and virus scans?
     
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    another thing to try is to go into the safe mode and try to remove the files. do you get a message that indicates they are being used by another program? If so then in the safe mode you may find they can be removed
     
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