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    Is this spyware??

    Running Windows 2000, IE 6.0.

    I noticed yesterday that my system was running r-e-a-l-l-y slow so I thought I'd do a good cleaning. I deleted cookies, regular temp files and tried to clean out all of the temporary internet files (which was huge) ((disk clean up not working!). There is a large amount of tempory internet files that I can't delete, can't view, can't copy and can't rename. They are really bizarre and I wondered if anyone could advise me if this is something nasty or just a bunch of innocuous files. I've taken a screen shot and pasted it into a WORD document so you can see these bizarre things!

    Appreciate any feedback!

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    Edit: the majority of these files (98%) are .jpg's apparently. The one I have hi-lighted in the screen shot just happens to be a .bin file

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    Re: Is this spyware??

    The .bin file extension implies "binary" or "executable." That's not typical of most web pages, but may be related to an ActiveX control that does something useful for you. Do the file dates aid in reconstructing what they might be from? Normally the date columns are available at the top level (Temporary Internet Files); I'm not sure how you are seeing the folder you're seeing, unless it is for a different user.

    Added: It might be helpful to open Tools>Folder Options..., View tab, and display the full path in the address bar so it is always clear whose TIF you are viewing.

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    Re: Is this spyware??

    Hi Deb

    Have you run Spybot S&D and/or Adaware?
    If not, you can do a search for them in this forum for links and other important info. The are free to download.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Is this spyware??

    Thanks for the reply.

    The dates are all around the beginning of September of this year. Interestingly enough, I just went to one of the file folders and looked again at these kooky files. When I click them one at a time, the file name is so long and convoluted that is spans the width of my monitor when I hover my mouse over it- all gobbledy-gook. About every fourth or so file, I actually get an image off to the side of explorer and it turns out to be pictures that my daughter has shared with her friends on MSN via Kodak EasyShare - a program I personally dislike and have removed a couple of times around that time frame. So now I'm thinking that this piece of software is responsible for these weird files but unfortunately, I can only remove the occasional one that actually shows the image. The many others remain stubbornly stuck.

    Is there a way in DOS to clear out the temporary internet files at all? Apparently doing it manually just isn't cutting it!

    Edit: Hi Ken. Saw your message after I posted - fellow Canadian! I should have mentioned that I have run my spyware programs and have Spyware Blaster running along with another Pest control program. This is in conjunction with the usual virus scanner and firewall. My goodness, I thought I had this computer locked up like Fort Knox but in reality I know that the occasional nasty can still slip in. I've even run HiJackThis to see if anything untowards is lurking in the background, but to my semi-kind of-trained eye, I can't see anything unusual.

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    Re: Is this spyware??

    Hi Deb.....again

    Do you get any messages popping up when you try to delete the files?
    Can you run Windows 2000 in Safe Mode and delete them?
    Can you re-install (temporarily) the Easy Share program and use it to delete them?

    <hr>fellow Canadian!<hr>
    and Ontario even!! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Is this spyware??

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    No window pops up when I try to delete them; just a "dinging" sound. I have tried removing them in safe mode - no luck. I thought your suggestion was sound regarding re-installing the product but that failed as well. Another interesting feature of this little exercise is that if I right-click one of these files to look at its properties, a window pops up and says "the properties for this item are not available". Stubborn little critters.

    Tonight I have emailed Kodak's support and told them about the problem. Here's hoping they have a solution to what is clearly a problem involving their software!

    Thanks for your input on this one.

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    Re: Is this spyware??

    My suggestion would be to clean out your TIFs. You can download and run CCleaner and start with a "clean slate":

    "CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less that a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> "

    Just take the time to read through the online help, so that you don't go removing stuff you'd rather keep (autocomplete entries, recently typed URLs for instance). It's a great, small <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware program.

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    Re: Is this spyware??

    Some other things you could try.
    <UL><LI>In Internet Explorer, Tools > Internet Options > General > Delete Files...
    <LI>Log in as a different user and delete the entire Temporary Internet Files folder tree from the folder Documents and SettingsusernameLocal SettingsTemp (use the username from your normal login)[/list]StuartR

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    Re: Is this spyware??

    Another <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> program that deletes stubborn files is Dr. Delete. This is a one and done removal and if you are not sure if you need these files (unlikely as it seems) then you might want to try Alan's suggestion of CCClean first, as that sounds a bit more selective about what it removes.

    A quick question about your Disk Cleanup utility. Do you have the box checked to Compress Old Files ??
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    Re: Is this spyware??

    Thanks Alan, Stuart and Doc for your suggestions. I will give them a whirl and keep my fingers crossed. Alan, a quick education if you don't mind; what are tifs exactly? I'm sort of familiar with .tiff files which I believe is another type of picture file (I think). Is this the same thing? Doc, I'm not sure where I would look to check or uncheck compress files when running disk cleanup but when disk cleanup starts, it does say "compressing old files". Is that what might be causing the problem re: not working?

    Edit again: I really should think of everything before I post! Stuart, I've never logged into my computer as any one particular user. It justs boots up and tosses me into the fray. How do I go about logging in as another user? I really appreciate everyone's time and expertise here! Thanks so much.

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    Re: Is this spyware??

    In this context, TIF is your Temporary Internet Folder. Try booting into safe mode - press F8 repeatedly while you start your PC, until the boot menu appears. Select Safe Mode, then try to clear or delete The Temporary Internet Files folder.

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    Thank you!

    Thanks Hans. I feel a bit of a fool for that question now!

    Alan, I just ran CCleaner... whoa! It wiped out 306mb of JUNK from my TIF (now that I know that acronym, I'm going to use it!) folder. What a lovely bit of software! I'm going to have some fun using it <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>.

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    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by AlanMiller on 09-Oct-05 02:39. And another alternative...)</P>Good stuff Deb <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>. Sorry I didn't explain this particular usage of TIF, but I see you got the goods in the end. Yep <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I particularly like CCleaner and have watched its development from a very simple "privacy tool", to remove the seemingly indestructible index.dat files, to a really versatile cleanup utility. I find it especially good if there are some sort of problematic files caught up in the browser cache. This thing just nukes the lot.

    For my particular situation, being here in the Lounge so much, I find it useful after a TIF clean out, to reload all the smileys back into cache, simply by opening the Smilies panel with the next post I reply to. Entirely optional, but my own preference.

    Alan

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    Re: Is this spyware??

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    <hr>I'm not sure where I would look to check or uncheck compress files when running disk cleanup but when disk cleanup starts, it does say "compressing old files". Is that what might be causing the problem re: not working? <hr>
    </center>I'm afraid I can only show you where to look, but not the actual box to uncheck (I edited it out of my registry years ago). But if you are interested, I can give you a step-by-step to edit it out of your registry. The problem with this setting is that it compresses files automatically and that will cause Disk Cleanup to take forever to finish it's work. I think you have to let it finish it's task and then do the registry edit. What exactly is or isn't Disk Cleanup doing when you run it ???
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    Re: Is this spyware??

    Well, I can't get as far as your snapshot shows. Mine will start by saying choose the drive to clean , then when I press start, it says "compressing old files" with a status bar that never moves beyond, say, two or three bars. Then is seems to freeze up or something. I've even walked away and left it alone and come back after 45 minutes and it's still stuck there. Additionally, the red light on my harddrive isn't even lit up like I imagine it should be. At first I thought it was because my harddrive is a good size (80 gig) but I would think that it shouldn't take that long just to figure out which files to compress and move on.

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