Folder "Data"

  bluto1 20:21 03 Dec 2007

I keep all my antispyware and antivirus applications in a single folder and when I opened it to update Ad-Aware I found a folder named Data 4,923 KB. I opened it and found it contained 112 files described numerically.EG F10095 DK. The descriptive figure increased throughout but not consecutively. On returning to the folder I passed the mouse over it and the description read: Type: Cabinet File
Date modified: 17/10/2002 11:17
Size: 4,80 MB.
That date is over 3 years before I got this PC, and I'm certain Windows Millenium was the OS then.
Is it safe to delete it?

  Technotiger 20:35 03 Dec 2007

I would advise you to leave it alone - Cab files are necessary for the running of your OS, even if it is quite old.

  Technotiger 20:37 03 Dec 2007

PS - for instance, if you have say, DirectX on your pc, this is made up mostly of Cab files.

  bluto1 22:16 03 Dec 2007

Hi Technotiger, The content of every one of the 112 files is identical. I dragged and dropped the file to my desktop and deleted it without any warnings from my OS, XP Home, but that's possibly due to the original file being left in situ. I only dragged an image of it. My query now is where did it come from, why install itself in this particular folder. It wasn't there yesterday.

  Technotiger 22:27 03 Dec 2007

Sorry, I am afraid I cannot answer your questions, I am not techie enough:(

  Technotiger 22:43 03 Dec 2007

I have done a bit of Googling, I cannot pinpoint your particular CAB files, but contrary to what I said earlier, it does look as if it may be safe to delete them - so this is what I would suggest after first creating a Restore point in System Restore, just-in-case!

  bluto1 23:03 03 Dec 2007

Thanks TT, I've just done it and will know if it was the right action when I boot up again.

  Technotiger 23:09 03 Dec 2007

Ok - let's know how it goes.

  bluto1 18:42 04 Dec 2007

Everything is OK, but for the wrong reason. I found another "Data" file in My Documents. I think I'm going to leave it alone. Cheers and thanks for your input

  Technotiger 18:57 04 Dec 2007

Thanks for the feedback.


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