Windows XP filling up Temp folder..

November 12, 2010 at 06:03:19
Specs: Windows XP, 2.4 p4, 1 gig ram
It creates files like CB141.tmp, CBEA.tmp etc every 6 minutes or so. Its always the same 11 files, but with variations on the name.

Some of the files are 80,12,5,7 megs while others are just 460, 369, 108 and 24 kilobytes. After a day or two, the computer runs out of available space.

I used CC cleaner and it removed the old files, but they are still being made.

Two different virus scanners showed nothing. Unlocker doesnt find any handle or thread to tie these to a program in my machine.

I am unsure how to find the process that is creating these files. Ive been reading online for a couple of days now with no luck.

I just did some additional reading, it might be tied to Comodo, which I am using.

Additionally, Comodo has stopped updating in the last couple of days as well, so I will have to read more on their forums.

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November 12, 2010 at 06:28:31
usual methodology is to use msconfig and uncheck the startup of all programs. Confirm the files are not being created. Then check a progam at a time to then see if the files show up. Once they do you have the problem app

I would also suggest that you use malwarebytes to scan for malware.

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November 12, 2010 at 06:52:23
thanks, will grab malwarebytes and see what it says.

ok Malwarebytes found a few things, but that is not the cause I think.

Seems like Comodo is having trouble updating the virus signatures, and is tossing all that into the windows\temp folder every few minutes. Odd.

Further update: it seems it was Comodo after all, the updater is failing and tossing all that stuff into the TEMP folder in Windows. Thanks for the help!

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