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Deleting files

by DawnW / August 24, 2005 2:03 AM PDT

Hi: My disk space is running low, and I ran across something called Wiper Wizard. I ran the program and it says that I have 541 junk files. They all say the reason is "invalid file type." It is $20.00 to purchase this program to erase them. Does anyone know anything about this, and if it would be worth it, or is there something free I could try? I do not know very much about computers, but I do regularly delete the cookies and temporary internet files, and have good virus protection. I have not been able to run the disk defrag lately as it says I do not have enough disk space. I have went through and erased any unneeded programs already. I paid $100.00 to add disk space already to my computer last year, and do not want to do that again. The main thing is all of the software that I had to install for school. It is taking up lots of space. Any suggestions?

Thanks much - Dawn

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Dawn, No Need To Spend The Money...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 24, 2005 2:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Deleting files

Simply use the steps in the links below:

If you're using Windows XP per your forum profile, then leave the .chk files where they are.
How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

Next, open the C\Windows\Prefetch folder and delete all files inside. Restarting the computer will recreate them.

Next, follow the procedures in the link below to "Tidy Up After SP2".

After following all the procedures above, run Error Checking/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Hope this helps.


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by DawnW / August 24, 2005 12:17 PM PDT

Grif: Thank you so much for your help! I have been working on this and cannot believe the amount of files that I found. I also ran across a few things that I am thinking is spyware: Altnet, BDInternet Billing, Gator, tons of Wild Tangent stuff, Cydoor, Comet Cursors, Keen Value, LookMe, Minibug, mywaymybar, nCase. My kids have games installed on the computer. Are any of these for games, or all spyware?

One other thing, my printer ink is going out and when I printed off the instructions I did not notice the part about not erasing the .chk files, as it did not print right. I erased them from the recycle bin also. Will this matter? My computer seems to be running great.

Again, thanks so much for your help. Dawn

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Dwan, Most Of That Is Spyware...NOT Good!
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 24, 2005 12:32 PM PDT
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...and it clogs up the works.

In regards to the .chk files, it's not a big deal. They will get replaced and should work fine.

Wild Tangent produces games and some brand name computers, like HP and Compaq use those games. ALL of the other stuff is spyware and should be removed. They install a lot of files and take up space as well as resources and internet bandwidth. It's best to clean it all out. Here's how.

Download, install, update, then run ALL of the free spyware removal tools from the links below:


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Thanks again!
by DawnW / August 24, 2005 2:26 PM PDT

I am working on the things you said to do now. I really appreciate the help. This forum is wonderful! It is great that you and the others are willing to take the time to help people out. Dawn

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For $100 ...
by Kees Bakker / August 24, 2005 7:22 PM PDT
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you should have gotten a new disk of at least 100 Gb smaller ones hardly exist anymore). And it's really ridiculous that that's full again so fast.

I would recommend you download one the two programs below to keep an eye on where the diskspace is being used. No need to say, I think, it is foolish to delete things just because they take space, and it surely is necessary to know what you do, but tools like this are useful to get a better picture of your system. You can always turn here for advice, of course.

Two programs showing diskspace graphically:
- clduw from
- i.disk from (only LOOK, don't use it to delete files)
There must be a lot of other comparable programs, but I find these two free ones to be good enough for the purpose of keeping an eye on your system.

Hope this helps.


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by DawnW / August 25, 2005 12:39 AM PDT
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I did not know anything like this existed. I see that the majority of my disk space is for software I need for school. It takes up a huge amount!
Thanks again -Dawn

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