What are these files, how do I get rid of them

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  1. Posts : 691
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    What are these files, how do I get rid of them


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    !5 of these files suddenly appeared in Explorer. They seem to consist of a large number of zeros. The have been very difficult to delete and after I succeeded they all reappeared again. I got them into the Recycle Bin and instructed it to empty everything. What are they? How do I delete them, presuming they are nothing important?
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  2. Barman58's Avatar
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    They look like some sort of temporary file judging from the file name,

    where are they located,

    do they disappear when you close a specific program or service
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  3. Posts : 691
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    They are in C, the first item(s) when I click the C Drive. More Folders are being added, it is now showing 30. I have just deleted one Folder and found it in RecycleBin, then cleared the Binbut It may reappear as previously. The deleting activity popup, for just one Folder, clocks up 3,000 files! But zero bytes. Properties also reports 3,00 files in each Folder I have checked, total 0 bytes (fortunately, as it would be even more alarming if they were taking up storage space).

    I have searched the web via windows for the Folder name --- it is not recognised.

    I am going to use a few of my cleaning apps to see if they remove them. Will let you know.
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  4. Barman58's Avatar
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    Also check your task manager, sort by disk usage (click on title of column) see if you can notice anything accessing the disk a lot, especially anything you do not recognise
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    The only reference I can find to that shows that filename structure is jv16 PowerTools | Make Windows Better which looks to be one of the many available cure all "save your system " apps, all I could find was an image that showed a number of the folders that were classed as "recovered deleted folders"

    ( i would have included a copy of the image but it was located on a site that my Security systems "did not like")
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  6. Posts : 1,382
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    Time to tell jv16PowerTools to stop recovering supposedly accidentally deleted folders. :)
    I too have jv16PT and the NMV[?] one, and I have them only running on-demand stuff.
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    Do you have music on an external drive?
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  8. Pejole2165's Avatar
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    Download Process explorer from Sysinternals, use filters to show disk writes, it should show you which process is creating the folders, from there you can decide how to "cure" the issue. You can set Process Explorer to run at logon to catch start up writes as well.
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  9. Posts : 691
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I got rid of the files, whatever they were. I removed them one at a time with IOB file wiper which 'smashed' them successfully. After a few days they have not returned. The strangest thing is that despite each file being shown to be zero bytes, as they were deleted the read out for each one showed hundreds of folders were being deleted and thousands of files! So I was afraid something substantial wold be missing from my PC --- but not so, it seems. I am mystified.
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  10. Winuser's Avatar
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    clayto said:
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I got rid of the files, whatever they were. I removed them one at a time with IOB file wiper which 'smashed' them successfully. After a few days they have not returned. The strangest thing is that despite each file being shown to be zero bytes, as they were deleted the read out for each one showed hundreds of folders were being deleted and thousands of files! So I was afraid something substantial wold be missing from my PC --- but not so, it seems. I am mystified.
    I would suggest making a system backup before deleting any file or folders that your're not sue of. Better safe than sorry.
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