XP Temp Files gone Insane!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Sinister, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. Sinister

    Sinister Guest

    Hi All,

    My hidden OS temp file located here "C:\Documents and Settings\Sinister\Local Settings\Temp" is always filling up with thousands and thousands of files which ends totalling gigs if I leave it for days and dont delete them.

    Why is this happening? Its driving me crazy having to manually delete this files.

    Can someone help :(
     
  2. 2z

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    You have programs that are making temporary files
    for its current use -
    on my system the programs are
    Kazaa
    Banshee screamer Alarm
    Statbar
    It leaves a right mess :-(
    every time I defrag I delete the contents of this folder
    little trick to expose that folder
    change you start menu to classic
    now drag & drop the temp folder on to the start button
    Change your start menu back again (if you want)
    It appears as a cascading folder @ the top of the start menu
    From Docs & settings you can now move this folder to where ever you like & it will keep its cascading attributes
    Now you can browse the folder from either the start menu
    or from a tool bar

    ;-)
     
  3. allan

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    It's a virus / worm. Run NAV. I believe it's the Benjamin Worm.
     
  4. 2z

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    Missed that one Allan
    well spotted
    ;)
     
  5. allan

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    Thanks TwoZ - but remember, I see this stuff all the time. ;)
     
  6. 2z

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    You know somtimes I just cant see the wood for trees

    ;-)
     
  7. allan

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    Well, I do feel that one of my strengths in fielding support inquiries (perhaps my only one) is common sense. I'm one of those people who does not think "zebras" when I hear hoofbeats.
     
  8. 2z

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    :D
    Nice one
     
  9. Sinister

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    I am running Bitdefender Antivirus and did a full scan....and nothing comes up as being a virus.
     
  10. 2z

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    What type of files appear in there ????
    do you get things like :-

    Chterbahn Designer -full-downloader
    Acrobat Capture 3.0 -full-downloader
    Age of Empires-Games-full-downloader
    American Pie 2 -divx-full-downloader
    Baseball 2001-Games-full-downloader
    Metallica - Blackened
    ac dc - Fight For Your Right

    OR

    ~DF96C1.tmp
    kmdb.html
    Twain001.Mtx
    TWAIN.LOG
    XQ_XSET_Cache_XPL_1
    zbpgbqfin.ABI
    utl1.tmpdir



    :confused:
     
  11. allan

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    Don't know anything about BiteDefender - it may or may not have definitions current enough for this worm. You might want to do a search for the benjamin worm and download one of the free utilites that are known to identify and remove it.

    While I can't be 100% certain you have this virus / worm, it sure sounds like it.
     
  12. 2z

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    With it being in Docs & settings ????
    Most Virii/Worms head for the windows folder

     
  13. allan

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    The benjamin worm usually creates a Temp directory in \Windows and fills it up. I'm guessing it went to this temp directory, but obviously I may be mistaken. It may be some other virus. It also may not - but there's absolutely no downside to a thorough virus scan with a top notch AV like NAV or McAfee, etc.

    Not arguing with you TwoZ - you may very well be correct and I may be wrong. Just erring on the side of caution.
     
  14. 2z

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    it was just a thought Allan

    Quite right about the virus scan

    with the amount of virii out there
    It is best practice to update AV definitions regularly
    as well as doing a thorough scan on your machine

    ;-)
     
  15. Sinister

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    Thanks guys for your replies...... Bitdefender has the definitions to search and destroy the Benjamin Worm.....of which i do not have.

    TwoZigzagColt45:

    The files are like:

    ~DF96C1.tmp
    kmdb.html
    Twain001.Mtx
    TWAIN.LOG
    XQ_XSET_Cache_XPL_1
    zbpgbqfin.ABI
    utl1.tmpdir
    *.class
    *.ungz
    etc

    Thousands of 1kb files................I wish i knew what was going on.....i know this folder is for temporary files the OS uses....but his is ridiculous as these dont clear off when their use is over....they saty in that folder permanently...until i delete them myself..............ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
     
  16. 2z

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    First time I came across this folder I was shocked @ how quickly it filled with temp files. Not happy with what was going on I indentified the program causing all these temp files & just use the program as little as possible.
    Sorry its not much help :-(
    This is yet another XP quirk

    ;-)
     
  17. Sinister

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    But Im sure this doesnt happen to other people.....I mean I have a 3gig partition for the OS and if i dont delete the files in that folder after a coupla days it fills up with like tens of thousands of files totalling the gigs....and its hell trying to delete them.....and when u delete some...more pop up in their place...

    All my friends who have XP dont have this problem.....I guess I will never know the answer.
     
  18. 2z

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    Somethings not right
    Do you know which program is creating these files ???
    If not run MSCONFIG
    Start up tab disable all & reboot
    enable each entry 1 by 1
    until you find the offending program

    ;)
     
  19. Sinister

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    OK Lets Get This Sorted!

    Ok Folks...I have located the sources that is using my Temp folder as a dumping ground.

    1) Its my email program Pocomail.....it does this when i access my inbox folder....so now must look for a new email client.

    2) Its my bloody Start Menu.....when i go to start menu and choose all programs and go to the relevant shortcut links.......XP bloody puts all the shortcut applications in the Temp folder.
    For example if i move my mouse button to the Photoshop Startup Menu ... the program shortcuts will show....for these to show...XP dumps the full application *.exe file into the Temp folder........so as you can see if i just move my mouse through my start menu....every single program shortcut gets put into the Temp folder.

    If i do it again a few minutes later.....the process is repeated...This also happens when i move my mouse over a Quicklaunch shortcut.

    Now these bloody files stay in the Temp folder permanently until i manually delete them!

    Now does anyone have any idea whats wrong and what to do? Thanx
     
  20. 2z

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    That is definitely not right
    never heard of this problem before :-(

    Maybe someone has come across this before & can help ???

    If not it might be worth doing a full repair