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#1 bearspencer

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:50 AM

Hi

 

I'm unexpectently running out of room on a sole use 90 GB hard drive.  
There are only 14 GBs worth of files in all of My Documents, but 19 GBs in a temp folder whose path is

C:\\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\temp\

All the files have either html, LOG or txt extentions and seem to be associated with .NET framework. The dates range from present day all the way back to 2010.   Since its obvious that neither Ccleaner nor similar software crap cleaners cleared this stuff out, I'm hesitant to delete the files in the folder manually.  Especially since I faguely, dimly, sorta, kinda remember hearing that one can brick one's desktop by deleting the wrong temp files.  

So, based on your expertise yet with no guarantees, are the files in this folder safe to delete or not?

 

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#2 Angoid

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:57 AM

Ccleaner only clears out the temporary data for the currently logged in user.  So if you have two accounts on that machine and you run Ccleaner while logged in as account A, then the temp files for account B will not be cleared.

 

So try logging in as each of the other accounts in turn and run Ccleaner while logged in as those.

 

Alternatively, or in addition, you could try Windows' own Disk Cleanup tool - I often use Ccleaner and Disk Cleanup in conjunction, especially at work as I find that there are temporary files that one will miss but the other will catch.

 

However, this will probably not address the files in that folder - just checking on my work laptop and I have about 880MB in there.

Looking at mine shows that they seem to be log files in the main, so would be safe to delete.  Any which are in use will remain (you'll get an error  about it being locked when you try to delete it) and others will come back as they get recreated.

 

Others are having the same issue - take a look here:

http://answers.micro...a6-5fa0fb325b9e

 

It seems to be safe to delete the files in that folder.

 

However, do NOT run any of the malware removers referred to in the post by Rhry on 19th September unless you know exactly what you're doing!

 

By "sole use" I presume you mean "sole user"?  If so, then my remarks about Ccleaner probably aren't relevant to you.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 01:58 PM

Hi Bearspencer.... Welcome to S-A-F!  Yeah, you can delete any files in any temp folder safely. That is why they are there.... they are temporary only. Problem is, they do tend to stack up and take valuable space. Another thing you can do is defrag the hard drive. That may help a little if you haven't done it for a long time.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 03:26 PM

I have, on occasion, known temporary files to be undeletable if they are in use.  If you select all and then attempt a mass delete, it will stop at the first one it cannot delete and not even try to delete the ones afterwards.

 

If this happens, then you may want to reboot and try again, or do it from Safe Mode (unless you can work out which application is locking the temp file(s) down in which case stopping that application will be sufficient).


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 07:05 PM

Or toss them with Unlocker.


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#6 bearspencer

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:42 AM

@jimholly
Glad you mentioned Unlocker.  Had it on an even older pc, but somehow never got it on this one.

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Appreciate the "Welcome". Your avatar reminded me of the times I've spent on a friend's ranch in CO; both because it looks like his place
and because of the hospitality extended towards me there.


@ Angoid
Thanks for your first responder help.  Just as you said some of the temp files were in use, but were able to delete after rebooting.  

Thanks also for your advise concerning the malware removers.  I intend to do a scan using MalwareBytes & SuperAntispyware just to be on the safe side.  

FYI I received a link from the Microsoft Community indicating it might be a malfunction with the .NET framework rather than a hack. Thought you might be interested.
http://answers.micro...96-8cef0ae6e2ad
 



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 04:34 AM

Hi Bear.... take whatever M/Soft says with a tablespoon of salt; half of what advice you get is useless, the other half is incorrect. An exaggeration, of course, but it teaches the lesson. :cowboy:  If unlocker doesn't help you, try entering safe mode and delete them from there.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 08:55 AM

While my avatar is a picture of the castle on the Island of Lindisfarne, taken by myself :)

http://en.wikipedia....iki/Lindisfarne

 

Wouldn't go quite as far as saying that half of what M$ says is useless and the other half incorrect, but I would say that you sometimes feel like you need a degree in Microsoft Studies to extract the useful and pertinent information in some of their articles.  But thanks for the link, bearspencer!

 

Malware scanners such as MalwareByes and SuperAntiSpyware are always safe to use, and it it recommended that these are installed and used as regularly as necessary; it's the specialist fix tools such as ComboFix I would advise against unless you know what you're doing or have been told to run at the advice of a trained anti-malware helper.


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