Cannot Delete Unrecognised temp files CS ?????.tmp

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A large number of files have started appearing in my Windows\Temp folder.
They have the name
CS????.tmp where ???? is a decimal or hexadecimal number. Most of them are
zero byte.
Does anyone know what creates them? I can only delete them by using Safe
Mode. I thought they might be from Thumbs Plus (CeriousSoftware) but it is
not running.

The system is well protected against viruses and malware.

--
Uncle John
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Uncle John wrote:
    > A large number of files have started appearing in my Windows\Temp folder.
    > They have the name
    > CS????.tmp where ???? is a decimal or hexadecimal number. Most of them are
    > zero byte.
    > Does anyone know what creates them? I can only delete them by using Safe
    > Mode. I thought they might be from Thumbs Plus (CeriousSoftware) but it is
    > not running.
    >
    > The system is well protected against viruses and malware.
    >

    There was a recent thread about this and it turned out to be Webroot's
    Spy Sweeper program that was doing it. Do you have that program?

    Malke
    --
    MS-MVP Windows User/Shell
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic"
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Hi,

    Can you check all the process under process tab in windows task manager?
    End all the process that are related to CeriousSoftware.

    If you really want to delete, go to safe mode with the least option and
    without networking to delete those temp files.


    --
    --
    Kelvin Lin
    http://www.webgururox.info


    "Uncle John" <unclejohn@uselesnospam.com> wrote in message
    news:u0A$MXPdFHA.1384@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >A large number of files have started appearing in my Windows\Temp folder.
    >They have the name
    > CS????.tmp where ???? is a decimal or hexadecimal number. Most of them are
    > zero byte.
    > Does anyone know what creates them? I can only delete them by using Safe
    > Mode. I thought they might be from Thumbs Plus (CeriousSoftware) but it is
    > not running.
    >
    > The system is well protected against viruses and malware.
    >
    > --
    > Uncle John
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Kevin,

    Thumbs is not running. The only process that resembles the temporary file
    names is

    csrss.exe using about 11k of memory.

    which seems to be the "Client Server Runtime Process" and cannot be stopped.

    --
    Uncle John
    "Kelvin Lin" <me@webgururox.info> wrote in message
    news:OX14QdPdFHA.2124@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    >
    > Can you check all the process under process tab in windows task manager?
    > End all the process that are related to CeriousSoftware.
    >
    > If you really want to delete, go to safe mode with the least option and
    > without networking to delete those temp files.
    >
    >
    > --
    > --
    > Kelvin Lin
    > http://www.webgururox.info
    >
    >
    > "Uncle John" <unclejohn@uselesnospam.com> wrote in message
    > news:u0A$MXPdFHA.1384@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>A large number of files have started appearing in my Windows\Temp folder.
    >>They have the name
    >> CS????.tmp where ???? is a decimal or hexadecimal number. Most of them
    >> are zero byte.
    >> Does anyone know what creates them? I can only delete them by using Safe
    >> Mode. I thought they might be from Thumbs Plus (CeriousSoftware) but it
    >> is not running.
    >>
    >> The system is well protected against viruses and malware.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Uncle John
    >>
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Hi Malke,

    Bless you! I do have Spyweeper recently upgraded so I shall now check
    whether it is the problem

    I will post the result.

    --
    Uncle John
    "Malke" <notrealemail@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:OMCNtXRdFHA.3040@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > Uncle John wrote:
    >> A large number of files have started appearing in my Windows\Temp folder.
    >> They have the name
    >> CS????.tmp where ???? is a decimal or hexadecimal number. Most of them
    >> are zero byte.
    >> Does anyone know what creates them? I can only delete them by using Safe
    >> Mode. I thought they might be from Thumbs Plus (CeriousSoftware) but it
    >> is not running.
    >>
    >> The system is well protected against viruses and malware.
    >>
    >
    > There was a recent thread about this and it turned out to be Webroot's Spy
    > Sweeper program that was doing it. Do you have that program?
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS-MVP Windows User/Shell
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic"
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Malke,

    I have checked and SpySweeper is not the culprit.

    --
    Uncle John
    "Malke" <notrealemail@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:OMCNtXRdFHA.3040@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > Uncle John wrote:
    >> A large number of files have started appearing in my Windows\Temp folder.
    >> They have the name
    >> CS????.tmp where ???? is a decimal or hexadecimal number. Most of them
    >> are zero byte.
    >> Does anyone know what creates them? I can only delete them by using Safe
    >> Mode. I thought they might be from Thumbs Plus (CeriousSoftware) but it
    >> is not running.
    >>
    >> The system is well protected against viruses and malware.
    >>
    >
    > There was a recent thread about this and it turned out to be Webroot's Spy
    > Sweeper program that was doing it. Do you have that program?
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS-MVP Windows User/Shell
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic"
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Malke,
    You were right first time, with a slight gloss!

    After a series diagnostic boots and found that these tmp files ARE created
    by SpySweeper if Adaware is also running. Spysweeper has to be disabled not
    just turned of before the files can be removed after a reboot.

    --
    Uncle John
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