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« on: September 10, 2004, 08:16:32 AM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: Win XP
Problem Application Name & Version: Internet Explorer?


My System 32 folder has got 3,497 files in it.  I want to delete all the ones not needed to run the computer.  How do I tell which ones have been put there remotely (ie - while I've been connected to the internet) and which ones should be there (ie - ones for the system and ones for programs installed on my computer).

There are a bunch of folders in there, but the vast majority of the files are in there loose.  A lot of them are adware.  Is this a problem I can sort myself?  Or do I need a technician to look at it?  I have disconnected my computer from the Internet and won't be re-connecting it until this is solved.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2004, 08:29:42 AM »

I wouldn't make such a fuss about it. The System32 folder is one of the main driver/program folders for Windows. If you want a comparison, my Windows 2000 System32 folder consists of 3,678 files and 90 folders.

If you want to really clean out, reinstall Windows fresh. But else, it isn't something to worry about. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2004, 08:54:16 AM »

Thanks for the advice, Jee.  But these files only appeared on my machine after I connected to the internet.  I just want to do a house keeping excercise really.  There are a lot of applications that came from the internet that I didn't download in there (they are really small file sizes - some are less than 100k).  Can they do any harm?  My machine runs fine - but I'd like to get rid of as much as the junk as I can.  I'm just worried about deleting something that the system needs and then not being able to use my computer.  If I re-install windows wil I lose any of my work saved on the machine?  Will I need to re-install all my other packages too (Corel, Photoshop, etc...)?

Thanks for your help.

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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2004, 09:07:10 AM »

Check your system with some of the utilities that should get rid of the spyware & adware that may have accumulated there.

A repair of XP reinstalls only Windows. It should retain your data, applications etc. The only thing afterwards is that you will have lost all your service packs and hotfixes, so your system is extremely vulnerable to any worm lurking out there. Putting a firewall up before anything else will help though.
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