What is this

October 20, 2010 at 07:39:51
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium M / 1000 MB
Hi. I was trying to clear my computer of all the bugs and files that it had (and were a lot, by the way) and I came across this folder. Its directory is C:\c01c9f12241ac9c7f4 and inside it has the sub-folders "amd64" and "i386", which have some files in them (7 each, to be exact). It only takes like 6 MB, but i was wondering if I could delete it, just to be on the safe side (in case this is like a weird virus or something). What should I do?

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#1
October 20, 2010 at 07:43:52
I think you can safely delete it. Folder names like C:\c01c9f12241ac9c7f4 are usually randomly created by installation processes for temporary storage. Once the process has completed they should be deleted but sometimes they can get left behind. I doubt very much if it is a virus or some other kind of malware.

If you do delete in and something breaks you can always recover the folder from the recycle bin.

Stuart


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#2
October 20, 2010 at 13:43:50
The files inside the sub-folders are .dll... What is that btw?

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#3
October 20, 2010 at 13:58:02
DLL = Dynamic Link Library. A collection of routines that are called by and application to perform a particular tasks. DLLs are usually, but not exclusively, installed in Windows\system32.

Stuart


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#4
October 20, 2010 at 14:11:18
inside it has the sub-folders "amd64" and "i386",
Stuart, aren't those system files???

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#5
October 20, 2010 at 14:21:12
Not necessarily so. i386 is often the name of a folder that contains installations files. amd64 will be files only pertaining to an AMD 64 CPU. I would put money on the aforementioned DLL files being a collection of files of only one which is used depending on which AMD 64 bit CPU is in use

System files would not be stored in a folder called C:\c01c9f12241ac9c7f4. That is a randomly generated folder name often used by installation routines for temporary storage. It uses such a convoluted folder name to ensure that it doesn't clash with an existing folder which it may not know about it..

Stuart


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#6
October 20, 2010 at 14:24:32
Looks like I learn something every day, thanks for the reply

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#7
October 20, 2010 at 14:58:15
Another question: I was about to delete the folder, but it gave me an access denied sign... said the "filterpipelineprintproc.dll" couldn't be deleted, smthing about not having access to it... Any extra help?

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#8
October 20, 2010 at 15:08:55
Here is the answer to everything. Scroll down to known issues. Apparently it is a leftover from installing .Net Framework 3.5 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951...

If you still cannot delete it, boot into Safe Mode and delete it from there.

Stuart


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#9
October 20, 2010 at 15:17:21
I googled "filterpipelineprintproc.dll and learned that the folder is really a Leftover folder after Microsoft Update in Windows Update. Take a look at this thread

http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software...

If I were you I would forget about it - the folder size is small.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#10
October 21, 2010 at 06:43:37
Thanks XpUser!

To anyone with a similar problem just follow these instructions (at least it worked for me):

"this folder is created by the microsoft XPS printer. it's safe to
deleted.

do delete the folder:

windows XP proffesional:

1: open c:\
2:click "tools --> folder options" on the toolbar
3: select "view"
4: drop down the toolbar an deselect "use simple file sharing". click
ok
5:right click on the folder and select "properties".
6:on the security tab, select "administrators" group(anything that say
administrator)
7:click or select "full control" on the "permission" box.
8:click ok.

now you have the rights to delete the folder."

I'd recommend also to, after deleting, return to the original settings (just because "use simple file sharing" has recommended next to it). Yet, as I'm a what-you-can-call-a-person-that-understands-nothing-of-this, this may not be (probably is) a smart move.

Bye and thanks for all the help provided!


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