Mysterious appearance of desk-top icon
Thread poster: Jenny Forbes

Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Apr 24, 2007

An icon often appears of its own accord on my desk top. It has the Windows logo and a tilde underneath it. If I try to open it the system tells me I can't. If I delete it, no harm seems to occur.
Can anyone explain what it's for, why it appears, etc?
Files also sometimes save themselves in my "Temp" file, usually unopenable or containing nothing. Again, nothing dreadful happens if I delete them.
I'm just curious - this isn't an urgent matter.
Thanks in advance,

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James Murphy  Identity Verified
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Temp files Apr 24, 2007

Hi Jenny,

these would be temporary files, and depending on how the particular program was designed they may be automatically deleted when the application is closed, or may be deleted manually by the user to free up space. There's never really any harm done in deleting temp files, normally denoted by the file extension .tmp

The specific file that appears on your desktop, to know exactly where that came from, i.e. what program would require a more detailed analysis of your computer, but as it doesn't seem to be a nuisance, let sleeping dogs (or files) lie.

If you notice however a decrease in performance when that dile appears, it would be caused by a virus or something.

Making sure you have an up-to-date virus definition files and regularly running a scan should keep your machine free from thsis type of threat.

Hope that helps!


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