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06-20-2015 07:25 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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guys, so how do I find this open Temp File so I can close it ??

I did a Disk Clean up, and I have this temporary file called "Counters" when I tried to delete it another window called it> "Counters dat",, anyhoo my computer says I can not delete it because that file is open in "Windows Explorer" and I have to close it first to delete it,,

I can't find it, so how do I find it in Windows Explorer ???

I searched "Programs and Files" in the Windows Icon on the bottom left, with no luck.

BTW, this computer is only 1 month old, and this file was not here 2 days ago,,,, and, no !!! I was not in porn sites, but I was in a car site that I was having problems with that had a link to a dating site

so how do I find it ??

thanks big time!!

Jim
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06-20-2015 07:58 PM  3 years agoPost 2
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sounds like a file used by a tracking cookie or some "spyware" app used my one of the brazzilions of "fluff" software that comes with all new computers. you will need to used task manager to find out which service is using that file.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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06-20-2015 08:37 PM  3 years agoPost 3
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I looked there and I could not find it, asked there too it couldn't be found,, also I did a SpyBot earlier, it didn't remove it,, later I will search on-line to see if there is info on it

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06-20-2015 09:11 PM  3 years agoPost 4
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Did you do a search for file in the windows tab? Or try to find something in the add/delete in the control panel. Sometimes they hide them things very well.

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06-20-2015 09:15 PM  3 years agoPost 5
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This may help:
[url=http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10-windows_7/unable-to-delete-countersdat-file/501c7dcc-9df4-4684-8301-d9c4d1ac94ca]

Or maybe try Malwarebytes, it is free.

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06-21-2015 12:43 AM  3 years agoPost 6
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yes I tried Windows Tab and control panel

aceisback,, that link did nothing, didn't open, didn't do anything

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06-21-2015 12:51 AM  3 years agoPost 7
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Malwarebytes, it is free
yee-up, I have that too, it didn't remove it

Jim
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06-21-2015 01:13 AM  3 years agoPost 8
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That one there seems to be a pest.

Delete and reinstall explorer would be my last guess.

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06-21-2015 01:22 AM  3 years agoPost 9
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my son's friend is a computer wiz, I will wait till he comes around again

Jim
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06-21-2015 01:43 AM  3 years agoPost 10
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From limited research here is what I found in reference to it:

A little more information

counters.dat seems most assuredly to be IE10 related. Deleting the file and running IE10 will create a new counters.dat file

To delete, log out of the account the ran IE10 thus creating the counters.dat file, log into administrator and delete the file from the user account.

If in doubt lean it out . We don't do this to save money, we save money to do this

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06-21-2015 05:18 AM  3 years agoPost 11
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if thats the case its likely tied into the history function of IE10... so it should close when IE10 is shut down... if its not, it may be stuck in a wait state or an update issue that was not shut down...

IE has so many issues now... I rarely use it...

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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06-21-2015 06:40 AM  3 years agoPost 12
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Hmmm, I just googled controls.dat. Here is the link again (fixed I hope)

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...01-d9c4d1ac94ca

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06-22-2015 12:31 AM  3 years agoPost 13
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my son found (on-line) what it is,, it is a new type of cookie from Internet Explorer, if it get's deleted it will be replaced once you get back on Internet Explorer

now,,, only if what he read is correct LOL

thanks for the help guys !!!

Jim
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