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How Do I Get Rid of "Tmpfile1" in My Temporary Files?

by gevans9726 / August 21, 2016 11:29 AM PDT

I have a file "TmpFile1" in my temporary files that I cannot delete. My searches indicate that this is malware and should be deleted.

I tried using a program called LockHunter to delete but it did not work. It said the file would be deleted upon startup, but it evidently reinstalled itself, as the date of the file now shows the current date. How do I get rid of this beast?

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While I know how to delete a file like that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2016 11:38 AM PDT
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Thank you
by gevans9726 / August 21, 2016 12:15 PM PDT

Thanks, I read through your link and will check it out. It looks like it will take me some time to go through.

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Depends on machine, how much is on the HDD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2016 12:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

It's something I've run monthly but not finding much now. My PC is so boring.

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Got Rid of a Lot of Files!
by gevans9726 / August 23, 2016 2:20 PM PDT

I installed and ran all the programs on the links from Grif's post, and got rid of a lot of trash files. The Tmpfile1 did go away until I opened Firefox again, and it came back, so it's apparently something going on with that. I guess I won't worry much about it at the moment, because getting rid of the other stuff has made my computer run much faster than it has been. I will run those programs periodically to clean up my files from now on. Thanks for all the help and suggestions.

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What if?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2016 2:23 PM PDT
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by gevans9726 / August 23, 2016 3:09 PM PDT
In reply to: What if?

This is not in a separate folder, or in a Mozilla Firefox folder in Programs.
It is in Windows > Temp > TmpFile1
It is 8.2mb

I can't find anything that looks like a profile folder.

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It doesn't have to be a profile folder.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2016 3:16 PM PDT
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It could be where FF is set for downloads, cache area, an addon's temp space or other.

That's why I'd have to comb through the file I noted. Since you didn't share it, you have to do the work.

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Have You Tried Uninstalling Firefox, Then Reinstalling It?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 23, 2016 4:57 PM PDT
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Reinstalling FF
by gevans9726 / August 24, 2016 6:46 AM PDT

Thanks, I will try that next.

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Keep in mind that reinstalling
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2016 6:55 AM PDT
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Does not change old plugins and settings.

I've seen folk re-install and the problem remains.

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