What is this folder and files doing in my Temporary folder? Is it a trojan or similar data miner?

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  • Hi,
    I have located this folder and files in my C:Temp Directory(Normally C:Windows/temp).
    CompatTelemetryLogs with
    AppAndDeviceInventory.log right next to it.
    and the following inside the folder.
    Folder = "IMG" lots of little image files of all my software
    Folder = "Resources" with nothing in it.

    Not sure about all of these but I did a search for this one: "TelemetryTransform.xsl" and one entry was this below(except I do not have any office program installed form MS, I use Open Office)

    And this one: "Windows_TelemetryData.xml"

    I am not attempting to install windows 8? at all so why this is coming up is beyond me I am using Win7 64 Pro and am quite happy with that version.

    Is all of this just some attempt at someone to install windows 8 on my system through the comcast internet system?

    I also have now searched for the file that was next to the folder: "AppAndDeviceInventory.log" and got this:

    It looks like someone is or has installed an application to make my windows send data over the internet or network. Making my entire windows system hosed with this. Or has someone any idea of how to get rid of it?

    Thanks ahead!
    Friday, October 17, 2014 2:11 PM

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  • Hi,

    These files are just some temporary file created by using the system. You could delete them manually via disk cleanup:

    Delete files using Disk Cleanup

    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, October 20, 2014 9:21 AM
  • I get rid of this temp folder by opening it and deleting all files within it first. Then I return to the folder by clicking "back" and the folder will now delete.  I've had no side effects on my Windows 7 machine.

    I find this method works with most stubborn temp files; no 3rd party programs required.

     Good luck!

    Thursday, August 6, 2015 2:14 AM
  • I found out, as you may have by now, that those "telemetry" files are to do with your windows 10 reservation, good for one year.  If that's the case with yours, there should be a W10 reservation icon on the bottom right of your taskbar on your desktop.  

    When I succeeded in deleting mine, the icon was gone.  I don't remember offhand how I got my reservation back, but those "telemetry" temp files came back with it.  

    I expect I'll be sticking with W7 as well.

    • Edited by stoploss Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:34 PM misprinted W7,with W10-last sentence.
    Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:30 PM