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    TIF files, zero-bytes, starting 'CA' (XP any)

    I hope this hasn't been asked before, but does anyone know why a huge number of Temporary Internet Files starting CA and followed by six alphanumeric characters, all zero bytes in size, are cluttering up the TIF directories? In all the user profiles we have there are about 100K of them starting about a year ago when this machine was purchased.

    It's easy enough to get rid of them, but does anyone know why they are created, and by what?

    Thanks!
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    Re: TIF files, zero-bytes, starting 'CA' (XP any)

    I do not have any and do nor recall seeing any.
    Can you give us a screen shot of a few, using Windows Explorer in the detail mode?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: TIF files, zero-bytes, starting 'CA' (XP any)

    Thanks, SMBP, as usual! As always, it's a matter of having seen something about them, or knowing where to look!
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    Re: TIF files, zero-bytes, starting 'CA' (XP any)

    John--

    Those zero length files are an artifact of Outlook Express. You can safely delete them two ways:

    In IE6, Tools/Internet Options click on DeleteFiles, then check Delete Offline Content, then OK out.

    or

    OE Help.com Download Steve Cochran's OE Tool


    This question comes up 30 or more times a year on the MSN XP or OE NGs and OE MVP's Jim Pickering, MS MVP Jim Byrd or OE MVP Tom Koch answer it that way.

    The last one I saw had " over 70,000 files in my Internet Explorer cache thathave 8-character names starting with CA, and contain zero bytes" and that would take IBM's Deep Blue
    Game 6 Deep Blue
    a few minutes to count while figuring the next move with Garry Kasparov.

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