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    GUTA515.tmp file important?

    I have a Guta515.tmp file with a size of 48,890k in my C:\Program Files Directory.
    It seems that this is the only name and copy for this file on my computer.
    My search results are zero for this file.
    Anyone know where this file belongs? I have not deleted it because I fear it is needed somewhere.
    (I am from the 4k memory DOS days, and I just Have to keep my computer clean)

    I have Windows 7 Pro. Using Avast! Free Antivirue, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro. and Win Patrol Free. I use Windows Live Mail with MS Firewall.
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    That's a temporary file, probably the result of an installation of some program that then didn't clean up. I would say you can remove it.
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    Anything with the .tmp designation can safely be deleted.
    As to trying to learn anything about it, try opening it up in notepad (hex editor) to see if
    you can garnish a real name or clue.
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    I deleted the guta515.tmp file.
    Then I got a guta514.tmp directory....Yes a directory with the .tmp extension. It is full of files with google name in them. Never had a directory with an extension before.
    So far they have stayed deleted. I am concerned that I may have a virus or something even tho I have run several different scans with nothing showing up.
    I will restore my computer with a saved Disk Image. I believe this will take care of my computer, but I will wonder about this Guta?...file and directory.
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    I don't think you need to restore to an earlier image. Folders with extensions are common. There is nothing in the behavior that you have described that makes me think of a virus. I would run a scan with your AV and Malwarebytes, if that makes you feel more comfortable.

    P.S.: In accordance with your statement about google files inside the folder, a quick online search makes me think the file and folder may be related to Google Update, an utility from Google that runs periodically to ensure the updating of installed Google apps.
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    Sounds like Google's automatic update service(s). Do you have/use Google Chrome or any other Google product?

    If you open Services (click on the Start orb then enter services.msc in the Search programs and files text entry box), can you see one or more Google Update services?
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    I disable them but, in my experience, they are often miraculously re-enabled unless I delete corresponding entries in Task Scheduler.
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    I found no Chrome nor Google in Services. I have never installed Chrome. Only use Google if forced too! I found neither in Task Scheduler.
    Thank you all for your help. I may not know where the Guta? file and directory came from, but they have not returned back to my computer yet. I searched the registry and they were never there either.
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    Google Update is like a pest, very hard to eliminate/terminate/liquidate ...
    guta515.tmp and related folders/files of similar names are from Google Update app/program.
    If you install Google Update, these kind of files and folders are everywhere, very hard to eradicate. They are also duplicated/regenerated in multiple locations.
    Try this: On your problem PC, search for file/folder with name entries such as google update, gupdate, gu*, etc.
    Uninstall gudate does not eliminate those files and folders. In some cases, they are regenerated!
    After uninstall, you must do a thorough search of files and folder names mentioned above...
    Then delete them. Lastly, and a must, search and delete gupdate or similar google update names in the registry.

    Better: Do a system drive image/backup + registry backup (or create a System Restore Point) before installing any software.
    Or ...
    use portable apps.
    Or ...
    use VM (virtual machine)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaisson View Post
    Google Update is like a pest, very hard to eliminate/terminate/liquidate ...
    guta515.tmp and related folders/files of similar names are from Google Update app/program.
    If you install Google Update, these kind of files and folders are everywhere, very hard to eradicate. They are also duplicated/regenerated in multiple locations.
    Try this: On your problem PC, search for file/folder with name entries such as google update, gupdate, gu*, etc.
    Uninstall gudate does not eliminate those files and folders. In some cases, they are regenerated!
    After uninstall, you must do a thorough search of files and folder names mentioned above...
    Then delete them. Lastly, and a must, search and delete gupdate or similar google update names in the registry.

    Better: Do a system drive image/backup + registry backup (or create a System Restore Point) before installing any software.
    Or ...
    use portable apps.
    Or ...
    use VM (virtual machine)
    Thank you very much. I have searched and destroyed these files which as you stated were everywhere!
    I now know where and which program these came from. I let Avast! upgrade the engine and failed to uncheck the Google installs.
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    Opening up a file of unknown type via a hex editor to garner more information about it is an old Fred Langa tip I got long ago
    from one of his earlier Langa list articles. It can prove to be very useful in trying to pin these things down.
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