Windows 10: BootTel.dat


  1. Posts : 64
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit & Windows 7 Pro
       28 Nov 2017 #1

    BootTel.dat


    Curiosity has got the best of me! I have this file on my c drive and have no idea what it is. Cannot find any info on it?

    Ron
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 171
    Windows 10 Pro
       28 Nov 2017 #2

    A quick google search would suggest it may be malicious in some way. Best to run a malware scan and see what that says. dont run a quick scan tho, run a full scan.
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  3.    28 Nov 2017 #3

    I've been wondering about that BootTel.dat file myself. Neither Windows Defender or Malwarebytes complain about it and according to VirusTotal it's clean.
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  4. Posts : 64
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit & Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       28 Nov 2017 #4

    Likewise, nothing shows it to be dangerous but also nothing I can find shows what it is!
    Ron
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    28 Nov 2017 #5

    I'm not recommending this ...
    Since I couldn't find any info on the BootTel.dat file, I decided to see if it's actually need for boot, etc. I renamed it BootTel.dat.bak and rebooted with no issues, then did a shut down and start up with no issues. Still no clue where it came from or what it is, but it didn't exist until 10/20/2017 according to it's file date.
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  6. Posts : 64
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit & Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       29 Nov 2017 #6

    My file date is 11/12/2017. OCD about explanations and there appears to be none for this file. Will delete it and go from there
    Ron
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    29 Nov 2017 #7

    Interesting. I can't find any scoop or usable info on this anywhere. Inspecting the file contents in Notepad++ doesn't shed any light, either. It's mostly made up of NUL characters with very little actual data, none of that amenable to "interpretation by inspection." But as a member of the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" club I'll leave it be for now. Perhaps somebody else can come up with more info?
    --Ed--

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  8.    29 Nov 2017 #8

    I wonder if that BootTel.dat has something to do with the 1709 manual update? IIRC, I waited a couple days to see if it would show up thru Windows Update and when it didn't, I manually updated both my systems using MCT / USB stick, around 10/20/2017.
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