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calendar   Wednesday - February 27, 2013

pooter problems

Something has gone very wrong with my poor old machine and I’m trying to fix it. It just sits here thrashing the hard drive hour after hour, for no reason that I can find.

I’ve run all the system tune up programs. I’ve run all the malware killer programs. While that helped a tiny bit, and found some naughty cookies and a couple of latent trojans lurking in the background, the machine is still close to dead. And what’s worse, running the Super Anti-Spyware in Full Scan mode took 4 and a half hours ... for a 22Gb disk? No way. And as I sat an watched it, I saw the same directory being swept over and over, file after file. Thousands of them. Tens of thousands of them. So I wrote down that directory, and looked stuff up online.

It turns out that Windows has this issue wherein it tries to cache the entire internet, every last file, on your PC. This is the dreaded “Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5” directory problem. Which is almost the problem I’ve been having. So I read up on that, applied the solutions, cleaned out the files and the local index.dat files ... and still the problem persisted.

It turns out that ... at least for my machine ... I have the same ...\Content.IE5 directory structure hidden deep in WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5. And down in that hidden directory, once I rest Explorer to make the directory unhidden, I found dozens of subdirectories, some old some new, and each one had THOUSANDS of small files in it. Thousands! Every little arrow, button, background color .gif, URL, page header ... blah blah ... every last bit of every web page visited. Funny thing, not only do I not even have IE5 on this machine any longer, I rarely even use IE. I even uninstalled Chrome because we just didn’t get along.

And not one of the articles I saw mentioned the shadow copy of the files hiding down in SYSTEM32. Strange.

So I’ve spent many hours cleaning ... nearly 5Gb worth of crap off of this machine. Finally I opened a DOS window and did things the old fashioned way, rmdir /s [directory name], because killing the files with Explorer and then emptying the Recycle Bin of gigs worth of files was taking forever.

It’s finally done. I’ll post this, then try to reboot the system. Assuming that I haven’t utterly killed the PC, I can then run the FileAssassin tool to delete further instances of Content.IE5s index.dat files on reboot - both of them, the visible one and the invisible one. Then I can pull up Control Panel and IE8 or whatever version that damn browser is and make sure all the caching settings are set to Off or to as small a size as allowed. And cross my fingers once again.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/27/2013 at 09:59 AM   
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