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Can I get rid of these folders?

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  • Started 1 year ago by mdvbilt
  • Latest reply from ispalten
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mdvbilt
mdvbilt
Posts: 34

Hi there. I have loads of folders scattered around my computer that look like this:

{0F77699F-7CE5-4DA0-8C49-A1FAABF1A0BB}

With any infinite variation of letters and numbers. They're in various directories of the \Appdata etc. (Windows 7 x32)

They also seem to be empty. Can I just get rid of these? What might they be, if I encounter them in the future? Nothing seems to peg them as malware.

Posted 1 year ago
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Xhi
Xhi
Posts: 6298

Two rules apply. Are they necessary? The Summar rule applies. "Summar, Summarnt" Normally the user does not know which. If you don't mind if your computer starts working funny, then delete some.

Rule number two which is Xhi's rule #1, "If it ain't broke don't fix it".

Posted 1 year ago
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ispalten
ispalten
Posts: 6259

First search the REGISTRY for the complete string. Also look to see if hidden files or sub-folders are in those folders. I think some are required for installed programs, might use them as scratch area's and IF not there, those apps might not run OR just recreate them?

I've got quite a few too... some of them (note some are files with sizes) :

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C:\>dir {* /s /p
Volume in drive C is OS
Volume Serial Number is 1C5C-DD5E

Directory of C:\

09/01/11 01:31 PM 2,456 {BB9EE6CC-D939-45DF-B7D1-5E1E7E0BB592}
1 File(s) 2,456 bytes

Directory of C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\CacheMSI

08/13/10 10:00 AM <DIR> {987FE247-4E69-4A2E-A961-D14F901FDBF6}
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Setup Files

01/20/13 11:48 AM <DIR> {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AB0000000001}
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\Download

02/15/13 04:30 AM <DIR> {430FD4D0-B729-4F61-AA34-91526481799D}
02/22/13 10:48 PM <DIR> {4DC8B4CA-1BDA-483E-B5FA-D3C12E15B62D}
11/19/11 01:06 PM <DIR> {74AF07D8-FB8F-4D51-8AC7-927721D56EBB}
12/15/11 04:06 AM <DIR> {8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96}
02/21/13 08:42 PM <DIR> {8BA986DA-5100-405E-AA35-86F34A02ACBF}
04/29/11 03:37 PM <DIR> {E845EB6B-5ADF-4EFC-88FF-EC095F12BCAF}
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\cio

02/22/11 10:39 AM <DIR> {C788B026-20BD-4E96-B698-533F1D6C5013}
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging

01/06/13 08:19 AM <DIR> {131D8ED6-4864-4554-9BAB-09B47C232522}
01/06/13 08:10 AM <DIR> {4E484899-4F93-4086-88BA-56BDDF47A776}
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Temp

01/06/13 08:19 AM <DIR> {131D8ED6-4864-4554-9BAB-09B47C232522}
02/29/12 02:49 PM <DIR> {4E484899-4F93-4086-88BA-56BDDF47A776}
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\InstallShield Installation Information

12/30/12 11:43 AM <DIR> {0F86FD09-BA63-4E45-A70B-604C1106C2F2}
01/01/13 10:17 AM <DIR> {2FBA0453-1A7F-4AAB-93E7-81FBD2CF41C9}
02/20/11 04:36 PM <DIR> {32821558-2C36-4FD0-A891-CA65360B0EC7}
.
.
.

Total Files Listed:
8263 File(s) 3,049,813,385 bytes
851 Dir(s) 45,958,873,088 bytes free
=====================

I am NOT about to mess with them at all...

Irv S.
Irv S.

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

I delete those all the time. They are useless.

Posted 1 year ago
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ispalten
ispalten
Posts: 6259

I'm NOT so sure about that Bill. The few I've looked at have real data in the folders that start with {. As far as I can tell, most seem to be for device drivers even. I suspect, but I'm not sure, these are for drivers that can be RESTORED or REPAIRED. Un-installers get into the Registry and find that pointer, then run the SETUP. Of course, I suspect IF you do delete these with no SETUP.EXE and UNINSTALL is just done, so there might be no harm done.

Not worth worrying about.

Oh, there WAS a bug in Windows Live that left 0 byte files during updates last year. Easy to determine if this is the cause, look at the Windows Live logs and check the timestamps on them and the files. Same, nuke them.

Irv S.

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mdvbilt
mdvbilt
Posts: 34

Hmm. So I'm left wondering. Obviously I could just leave them there, as they aren't doing anything more than messing up the clarity of my file system. But they're annoying, and apparently blank. Hmm.

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ispalten
ispalten
Posts: 6259

MIne are NOT blank... and least a majority of them. Note the 3GB file size for over 8,200 files. This Folders, same thing, 851 of them, and the few I looked at DO have some files in them.

I'm sure some are empty (files), but I'm not going to try and locate them.

Some probably will do no harm if deleted I'm sure too, but I'll leave them be.

Irv S.

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Try this, move the files to some place and see what happens. That's what I did the first time and since nothing bad happened, I eventually deleted them. Just got rid of another bunch a couple of days ago. No negative impact at all.

Posted 1 year ago
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SarahJames
SarahJames
Posts: 6581

Like these?

They are made by Windows Live Messenger (and maybe some other Live apps, but I only have WLM installed). Usually they appear when one or more of your contacts has entered mobile phone data in their profile (at least for me they only appear for those contacts). I delete them every once in a while, which is why there are only two in this screenshot.

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ispalten
ispalten
Posts: 6259

Sarah, Windows Live is known to have this 'defect', it leaves the install files and folders around. Hasn't been fixed yet either I recall?

WHS, the few I looked at had SETUP.EXE in it. I didn't run them, but I suspect they will also do a RECOVER/REPAIR as it seems all the install files are there. If you did delete them, then I think an UNINSTALL would be done. Part that bothers me about REVO is they don't show if you have REPAIR available. Many times when I've done and UNINSTALL with REVO a dialog box opens and a REPAIR is one of the choices. I suspect it is those folders it goes too and runs the SETUP.EXE.

Surprised searching the web turns up nothing for file names starting with a curly brace? Actual numeric/alpha strings in the name seem to be random on each system. So searching for the string is no help either?

Irv S.

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