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CAVTemp folders and TEMPMON files

 
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timz



Joined: 24 May 2011
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Location: Buckinghamshire

PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 4:57 pm    Post subject: CAVTemp folders and TEMPMON files Reply with quote

I was trying to clear some space on an old Windows 2000 laptop with a pathetic 6GB hard drive, and found this large folder at C:\WINDOWS\CAVTemp. It contains a large number of files called (typically) TEMPMON_1960_0. They are approximately 10MB or more in size, so if they are un-necessary I would like to delete them. I have also discovered a similar folder with fewer files in my Windows XP PC. Both devices (interestingly) have CA anti-virus loaded. Even more interesting, my local computer Support Expert checked his Windows XP laptop, but could not find this folder and its files. But then he doesn't have CA anti-virus installed (!) CA have been unable (or maybe unwilling) to provide any information about these files. Can you guys help? The only info on the web seems to be related to viruses which have been found in this folder. What are these files? I opened one with Notebook but couldn't make any sense of what I saw. They were all last modified in October 2009 - on my PC, that is. Unfortunately, I can't check the laptop right now, as it is in Italy.
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JonS



Joined: 31 May 2010
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe these are just temporary files resulting from the CA security program downloading updates. Delete them. They're called "temp" so by definition they're intended to be removed
My guess is the AV program has gone wrong, should be automatically clearing these - but isn't.

My solution? Uninstall the CA Antivirus. It consistently scores low on the regular comparison checks. The common free AV programs all score better. I'd go for a combination of Avast, Threatfire and Windows Defender: all work together OK, and all are free
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with JonS, but just to add little extra. If you are unsure about deleting something like this, then rename the folder, or move it. If that causes no problems over a few days, then you know it's pretty safe to delete.
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JonS



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just revisting this, and I think you'll find it hard to find an AV program thats any good and will actually work on that Win2K box. Virtually all the AV companies have dropped support for Win 9x/2000

if you look around you can still get older versions of some programs (e.g. version 4 of Avast is available on CNET) but there may be problems in getting definition updates for these
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