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    I am running Windows XP SP3 on two networked PCs. On both PCs I have several strange files, 3 on one PC and a dozen on the other. On each PC they are in a folder called Windows98 where I saved data from a previous installation. They all are of the same format such as {0D6EC-B676-402F-AC2C-FA2494218E99F}. Can anyone explain these? Are they a problem and what can be done about them?

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    Theses are usually temporary installation folders and should be removed automatically after installation. Look in them and you should see CAB files and other installation files.

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    This is strange. The files I mention have disappeared from the Windows 98 folder they were previously in. I did a search and found 661 of them in various places, some showing up with blue print. I have tried to look in them but cannot seem to be able to do so. Should I be concerned?

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    Blue print means the folder is compressed.

    If they have disappeared you may have used the disk clean up wizard? I wouldn't be worried, they are only temporary files, although if they keep turning up I would be checking for virus activity.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by P T View Post
    Blue print means the folder is compressed.
    Or encrypted.
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    No. I had not, up till now used the Disk Cleanup wizard. However, I did a search for files with { this morning and found 1054 on one PC. I used the cleanup wizard and did a further search and found1046.

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    Assuming they are all in the form (0D6EC-B676-402F-AC2C-FA2494218E99F), that is too many for a normal PC, unless you install thousands of programs.
    Are the files all in the same directory?
    I'd be checking for viruses as a first step.

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    Yes, they are all in the same form but scattered over many different directories. I have run full virus checks with Norton Internet Security 2011 and have also run MalwareBytes, SuperAntispyware and AdAware.

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    Are the files recent? If not you can delete them and just keep an eye out for their re-appearance.
    If they are recent you may have a virus that has eluded Norton.

    cheers, Paul

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    Have just noticed they are not in the form PT mentioned. They are in the form (9E465542-1220-42EF-BA0F-2C113D2018A2}. Hope I have not confused anyone.

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    That's the same format for the purpose of the discussion.

    cheers, Paul

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