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Windows 7: WEIRD FILENAMES on System's directory

06 Feb 2018   #1
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Last Update: 10/01/17
 
 
WEIRD FILENAMES on System's directory

I was exploring my PC just out of curiosity also because I wan't to make it run faster so I'm searching for junks folder by folder, and I saw this files on [C:\Windows] and [C:\Windows\System32] :


32 files with 1KB size only (extensionless files, .ini, .dat)




640 files with 1KB size only (extensionless files, .ini, .dat)




They all got weird names and all the .ini files has identical texts on it. :
3djl3lm8421j137621gj2kfc86ty64p3
386h3y0r464v16i02gyf2mms8bmq6t5c
32x83ggy4q7f1chf2mpb22yp8zah6vyn


What I already DID:
-Scanned for Viruses and Malwares using Malwarebytes Premium and Bitdefender Total Security
-Cleaned Junks using CCleaner
-Defragged my PC


But...
-None of them were detected as virus
-None of them were treated as Junks


I tried deleting them all and also refreshed that folder to see if they're still there and they didn't appear again but after closing those folders and revisit, they appeared again with the same count.


I didn't bother them when I saw them for the first time but after three weeks, it bothers me and makes me curious about it, and I feel it is the reason why my PC is slowing down, I don't know. Please help.


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06 Feb 2018   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Shnxxx
Have you used a third oarty to upload a screenshot to this thread. My system shows a malacious website!
On no account should you touch anything in the system 32 folder. You can break Windows if you are not sure what you are doing. I see you have just 2Gb of memory installed. This is the very minimum you need to run Windows 7 Ultimate and is a major factor in the slowness of your machine. Upgrading the ram is the best way to increase the perfomance of your laptop.
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06 Feb 2018   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I don't know the reason for these files but I would consider the likelyhood of them being the cause of your performance problems as remote.

Edit: When dealing with performance problems it is best to take a systematic approach. Things to consider:

What is the nature of the performance problem?
Do you have high CPU or disk usage?
Is there a memory shortage problem?

This is where you start. Looking at unusual filenames is not a good way to diagnose problems. There may be a perfectly legitimate and reasonable reason for those files that is unrelated to your problem. With the limited information provided that is what I would tend to believe.
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06 Feb 2018   #4
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Last Update: 10/01/17
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Shnxxx
Have you used a third oarty to upload a screenshot to this thread. My system shows a malacious website!
On no account should you touch anything in the system 32 folder. You can break Windows if you are not sure what you are doing. I see you have just 2Gb of memory installed. This is the very minimum you need to run Windows 7 Ultimate and is a major factor in the slowness of your machine. Upgrading the ram is the best way to increase the perfomance of your laptop.
Thank you very much for your kind reply @mitchell65,
I'm already using windows 7 with 2GB ram for almost more than 5 years, no slowness was experienced, and I'm proud that I can play some games here in those years without problems (The Sims 3 and 4, GTA SA, Torchlight II, Crossfire, NBA 2k14, etc...) Now, it just happens to me. But thank you for your kind concern and It is much appreciated, I will consider your suggestion

But... My main problem is those weird filenames, it is look like a spam. I don't know. I tried to delete some of them but they keep on returning.

Quote:
Have you used a third *party to upload a screenshot to this thread. My system shows a *malicious website!
It was uploaded on >>> cubeupload - zero compression image sharing It is a safe site.
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06 Feb 2018   #5
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Last Update: 10/01/17
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
I don't know the reason for these files but I would consider the likelyhood of them being the cause of your performance problems as remote.
Thank you very much for your response @LMiller7
Yes, it is look like a spam on me, 600+ files and 1KB size only, plus, it has weird names, I cannot even consider it as abbreviations. Hmmm....
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06 Feb 2018   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

With win 7 32 SP1, 2G of memory is the minimal. Ideal is 4G.

I do a clean install every two years to get rid of all trash accumulated.
If you want to speed up, do a clean install. Yes, it will take half a day but is the best solution.
- Backup your data on another disk.
- Detach all other drives leaving on only the one you want win 7 to be installed.
- Do a Factory Recover or a Clean install Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

For the updates, use the offline MS releases SP2 for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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06 Feb 2018   #7
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

Shnxxx,
STOP, HALT, DESIST and QUIT!!! You're shooting yourself in the foot, messing with anything in the System or System32 directories. Those belong to Windows, not to you, and messing with them may turn your computer into a door stop.

If you want to get rid of excess files on your PC, search out files with the suffix; .tmp, .bak, .bac, ..~mp. and leave the others alone, for now anyway.

You can run Windows own Disk Cleanup, in Extended mode, to do a daily or weekly cleanup that will help your PC to run more efficiently.

Some so-called disk cleaners can delete things that will leave your computer inoperable. So be careful what you use.
I tried "Windows Utilities" (WinUtil) and I liked it so much that I bought the program. It's 100% safe, easy to use and lets you decide what to look for and what to delete.

I also run a Batch File, that I wrote myself, to delete temp files and even empty the 'recycle bin'.
I run that batch file from my Startup folder for a daily cleanup of the junk I really don't want to keep.

So before you start deleting Windows files, (NEVER!) get rid of the pure junk on your HD first.
Your PC will love you for it. I practice what I (as a PC tech) preach, and my PC is lightning fast!
Cheers mate!
TechnoMage
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2018   #8
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Last Update: 10/01/17
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
With win 7 32 SP1, 2G of memory is the minimal. Ideal is 4G.

I do a clean install every two years to get rid of all trash accumulated.
If you want to speed up, do a clean install. Yes, it will take half a day but is the best solution.
- Backup your data on another disk.
- Detach all other drives leaving on only the one you want win 7 to be installed.
- Do a Factory Recover or a Clean install Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

For the updates, use the offline MS releases SP2 for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
Ill try this first, but I have questions...
-Where can I get a fresh and untouched copy of windows 7? Should I download THIS
-I'm worrying about the freaking year-long windows updates, is there any chance to shortcut it? Like, just installing the important ones?
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06 Feb 2018   #9
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Last Update: 10/01/17
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
Shnxxx,
STOP, HALT, DESIST and QUIT!!! You're shooting yourself in the foot, messing with anything in the System or System32 directories. Those belong to Windows, not to you, and messing with them may turn your computer into a door stop.

If you want to get rid of excess files on your PC, search out files with the suffix; .tmp, .bak, .bac, ..~mp. and leave the others alone, for now anyway.

You can run Windows own Disk Cleanup, in Extended mode, to do a daily or weekly cleanup that will help your PC to run more efficiently.

Some so-called disk cleaners can delete things that will leave your computer inoperable. So be careful what you use.
I tried "Windows Utilities" (WinUtil) and I liked it so much that I bought the program. It's 100% safe, easy to use and lets you decide what to look for and what to delete.

I also run a Batch File, that I wrote myself, to delete temp files and even empty the 'recycle bin'.
I run that batch file from my Startup folder for a daily cleanup of the junk I really don't want to keep.

So before you start deleting Windows files, (NEVER!) get rid of the pure junk on your HD first.
Your PC will love you for it. I practice what I (as a PC tech) preach, and my PC is lightning fast!
Cheers mate!
TechnoMage
I somehow do that also, I always run CCleaner automatically every startup, and once a week with Wipe free space 35 passes option and with MyDefrag Custom Script for Intense defragging.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2018   #10
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Last Update: 10/01/17
 
 

But its is just weird, why do I have those files? and why it has random names. It really looks like a spam, they have all 1KB size and the .ini files has identical text content. Until now no one still answers that

Can you guys check it too if those files are present to your system. I'm worried :/ Reformatting will be my last resort, I wan't to try a FIX first
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