Sometime in December while I was in Mexico I had a problem with my C:/Windows/Temp folder filling up for no reason to the point that my C:/ drive was completely full. Several members tried to assist me in solving this problem. I searched the internet for a possible solution, but nothing worked.
Today I decided to try the laptop I was having this problem with at home. The problem seems to have gone away now and I have no rational explanation.
I am wondering if for some reason because I was using a Mexican ISP caused this problem? The Temp folder has about 12-16 files and goes up and down within that range
UPDATEToday I decided to try the laptop I was having this problem with at home. The problem seems to have gone away now and I have no rational explanation.
I remember your previous thread but forgot what OS yu are running.
Do you have Windows updates enabled for auto update Or the “pause” feature enabled and now the pause time has expired?
Seems to be many possible causes, but a lot of them seem to relate to buggy Windows versions.
I didn't see any indication that the ISP would have caused this issue.
this is what I would do:
If you don't have these programs, download and install - Notepad++, HxD, TCF = Old timer temp file cleaner at bleepingcomputer.com
1. try to open with Notepad++
2 if not try with Hxd
HxD will open anything since it is a HEX editor. Open HxD and Drag&drop the file to the window.
look for any text as a clue. In HxD the beginning might tell you what kind of file it is and the end may give you a clue about the origin.
run TCF to clean all your temp folders. It is pretty thorough and can take a while to finish. Just wait till another window opens.
Perhaps your laptop got confused in Mexico seeing 1s and 0s in Spanish while it is expecting English 1s and 0s.
Jokes aside, I remember your post but don't remember what you did. I though you did something to fix the problem back then.
I remember your post but don't remember what you did. I though you did something to fix the problem back then.
Not easy to find but the original post was http://www.poi-factory.com/node/50306
It'll clean out the crap.
It'll clean out the crap.
Been using it for years, just thought I'd mention that all is well now.. Some people have a problem and it gets solved but you never hear back from them.
It got its U's and O's mixed up? It wouldn't have had problems with the Z's.
The cloud is calling ya, it's the feature.
in addition to running Ccleaner, I run the built-in "Disc Cleanup" program that's been around for years. Once that window opens, I click on the "clean up system files" button and that often finds gigabytes of the old installation files.
You can quickly access the "Disc cleanup" feature by hitting the Windows key and they type disc cleanup
There are also some articles from reputable sources stating that older versions of CCleaner can actually be harmful on Windows 10 in tat they an remove some desirable files. So if you chose to continue to run CCleaner with Win 10, make sure your CCleaner is up to date.
Sorry, I don't remember your other thread but I'll just chime in that my sister goes south every winter for 6 months to Oaxaca, Mexico. She always has trouble while down there with her computer that she doesn't when at home. Maybe there is a THING happening down there
I have serviced a number of computers that needed my help because of ccleaner. NO registry cleaner is smart enough to figure out the difference between a bad entry and a good one. Some are obvious, but some are not.
Also cleaning files and folders will also work for some files, but not all.
In general, I recommend staying away from any registry cleaner and duplicate file cleaners. Dup file cleaners work if you are willing to walk thru the results one by one and know what you are doing. They will eventually bite you in the butt. Temp file cleaners like Old timer Temp File Cleaner (TFC) are good. It only cleans TMP files and finds them all.
I learned a long time ago to check what Ccleaner wants to remove. I.e cleaning the registry it always wants to remove some files which are related to a burner program I have. If I let Ccleaner remove them I have to re-install the program.
So yes I am cqareful what I let Ccleaner do.
When I originally had this Windows/Temp/ folder filling up I tried every suggestion as well as what I could find on the web.
But as I said in the beginning of this post all seems to be well now, maybe a Windows update fixed something. I DO not know.
When CCleanr was distributed by Piriform and I was in Win 7, I used to use it. It was since acquired by Avast and has engaged in some suspicious (arguably malware-like) behavior, and I removed it. (Win 10 and browsers like Chrome and Firefox can also do most of what CC can do, better and safer, like removing temp files, cookies, and browsing history.)
If you have to install CC to do something that can't be done otherwise, I suggest using it to do what you need to do and then uninstalling it from your PC, or at the very least, changing some default setting(s) as described below. And I advise no longer using CC's Registry Cleaner, which now has an unfavorable risk vs. benefit ratio, causing some serious trouble for some Windows users.
Here are two recent articles by techies warning about CCleanr:
Is CCleanr Safe? Not Quite. And We Show You How to Remove It:
Why You Shouldn’t Download CCleaner for Windows Anymore:
What you haven't mentioned is what programs you were using while in Mexico. That might help us to narrow down what happened. Also, what was in the temp file taking up all of the space?
As an aside, CCleaner seemingly would not fix the problem if it were a live problem.
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