Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 34

Thread: Strange files

  1. #1
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    541
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Strange files

    In Windows Explorer I have a large nuimber of files in my root directory in the format {752FACFB-A3BB-404C-B6AF-A6229A82E268}. What are these and can I delete them without problems?

  2. #2
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    23,573
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 1,057 Times in 926 Posts
    Those are most likely folders left over from software installations. As long as you don't have any pending re-boots you can delete them.

    Have you looked at the contents?

    If you are nervous about deleting them you could move them to an external drive for a while and see if the system complains. Or rename them by changing one digit or letter and see if the system complains.

    Joe

  3. #3
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    541
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    They are not folders, but individual files, mostly less than 10KB. I have tried to open them with Notepad or Word but all I get is garbage. Renaming all of them would be a task and a half, there are 33 of them!!

  4. #4
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,631
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 936 Times in 856 Posts
    You are looking at less than 500 MB of space. How large is your HD? I would not worry about them. This is a fairly inconsequencial amout of space in today's HD's.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

  5. #5
    Bronze Lounger DrWho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    1,501
    Thanks
    30
    Thanked 205 Times in 163 Posts
    I like the idea of just moving them somewhere else, like another HD, a CD or flash drive, etc.

    Sometime it's not the size of the file that is a burden, but the very fact that the file has to be scanned over and over every time your AV or AS software does a scan. Even a defrag, has to deal with extra files every time it's run.
    Remember this quote, "Minus crud is cool!"

    I run several different programs, even one that I wrote myself, to get the junk off of my hard drive.

    Cheers Mates!
    The Doctor
    Experience is truly the best teacher.

    Backup! Backup! Backup! GHOST Rocks!

  6. #6
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    541
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I find it strange that no-one has been able to tell me exactly what these files are. JoeP517 thought they were most likely folders left over from software installations, so he obviously wasn't sure. I pointed out in my response that they were in fact files, not folders, but I have heard nothing further.

  7. #7
    WS Lounge VIP Browni's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Rochdale, UK
    Posts
    1,651
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 161 Times in 139 Posts
    It is possible that the people who have looked at this thread have not suffered the same problem and are unable to give a concrete answer.

    To be honest, you don't give much to work on, for example what version of Windows does this occur in? What other software do you have installed that may update itself periodically? When were these files created?
    Last edited by Browni; 2011-06-13 at 00:27. Reason: Reword

  8. #8
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    541
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I am running Windows XP Home SP3, updating software includes Norton Internet Security 2011, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, AdAware. The files were created on a range of dates from Sept 2010 to April 2011. I also have a dozen similar files on a networked PC created between October and December 2010.

  9. #9
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,631
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 936 Times in 856 Posts
    Because no one but you can attempt to open these files to examine them, we can only guess what they are. Would you like someone to guess then definitively say delete them with the possibility of hosing your system. OK, go ahead and delete them. If something untoward happens to your system it's not my fault, I can not look at your system so I also can only guess what these are. Also, many of us have switched to Win 7 so can not look at similar files on our systems.

    So we have made our best guesses what they are. The best guess appears to have been put forth by Joe. Create a good Image of your system, move the files somewhere or delete them and see what happens. I for one can not afford to travel to your home to examine the files myself so can only make a guess as well.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

  10. #10
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    541
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    No, I was not expecting anyone to "guess" what these files were. I just felt that the unusual format of the file names may have been recognised by someone.

  11. #11
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Northumberland, UK
    Posts
    5
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Have you tried right-clicking any of those files and checking "properties"? You might find some relevant info there.

    If that doesn't work, you could, if you wish to test if they are vital/relevant, delete them. Do not empty them out of the Rubbish Bin - leave them for a week or more to see if your system behaves OK without them.

  12. #12
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    541
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I have tried that but it gives no useful information. In the description window it merely repeats the file name.

  13. #13
    Gold Lounger
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
    Posts
    3,202
    Thanks
    37
    Thanked 215 Times in 202 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by philkiwi View Post
    In Windows Explorer I have a large nuimber of files in my root directory in the format {752FACFB-A3BB-404C-B6AF-A6229A82E268}. What are these and can I delete them without problems?
    philkiwi,
    Hello... I have a question ..you mention "root directory" ... What exactly are you meaning ? Most of these type are located in "Temp".... could you post a "Screen Shot" . Also if you configure it ...(View>choose Details> Date Modified) you can see when these "things" were created ....possibly a clue. Regards Fred
    Last edited by Just Plain Fred; 2011-06-16 at 20:52.
    PlainFred

    None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free (J. W. Von Goethe)

  14. #14
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    541
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Root directory is the top-most directscreen2.JPGory on my PC, otherwise shown as C:\. I have taken two screen shots as these strange files take up more than can be shown on the monitor at one time.screen1.JPG

  15. #15
    Gold Lounger
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
    Posts
    3,202
    Thanks
    37
    Thanked 215 Times in 202 Posts
    philkiwi,
    Hello... there are a few clues ...
    1.Try to open the folders ..ones with the similar numbering, e051...etc.
    2.Noticed the repetitive files and times and dates 5829KB...like something is running on "Auto"
    3.What is "NPE.exe" bottom of screen shot?...has similar size. Regards Fred
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by Just Plain Fred; 2011-06-17 at 05:34.
    PlainFred

    None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free (J. W. Von Goethe)

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •