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Mark Phelps

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Win8.1 has gotten bloated -- so I have been searching for stuff to remove.

In my C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\svchost\ folder, I have 109 hidden xxxxxxxxx.exe files, ALL dated 10/19/16 11:29 AM. This folder is consuming 6.5GB of my Windows partition -- and I'd like to reclaim that space.

So, I looked through the various ProgramFiles folders to see what app I installed around that date -- and there is nothing even close to that date.

It is safe for me to empty this folder?
 

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RolandJS

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If your OS and Data partition full image backups onto external media are recent, current -- delete away.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Acers & 1 Antec[?]
    CPU
    i7 in 2 Acers, i5 in desktop
    Motherboard
    Desktop w/Gigabyte
    Memory
    Two w/16GB, 1 w/8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Laptops GameWorthy; Desktop maybe GameWorthy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    flatscreens; 2 are BluRay worthy
    Screen Resolution
    1368x768; 1600x900
    Hard Drives
    1TB internals; 2 ext usb WD 1TB HDs
    PSU
    what's PSU?
    Cooling
    Regular plus external fans
    Keyboard
    desktio w/PS2
    Mouse
    desktop w/PS2
    Internet Speed
    DSL middle level [160?]
    Browser
    from Netscape 0.9 to FF 36
    Antivirus
    well-balanced, well-configured mult-layered defense is best
    Other Info
    From MS-DOS 3.3, MS-DOS 6.22, from Windows 3.1 to WFW 3.11 to Windows 95-98SE, now to Windows 7 Pro.
    Security for now: Windows 7 Firewall, Emsisoft AM, MSE [scan-only], SpywareBlaster, Ruiware/BillP combine

Mark Phelps

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If your OS and Data partition full image backups onto external media are recent, current -- delete away.

Sorry I did not respond sooner -- but I got busy doing other stuff and forgot I did this post.

Anyway -- I made an image backup, cleared out the svchost folder -- and will see what happens. So far (the same day) have not encountered any problems.

NOTE: Did an online search for help on this but the only posts I could find were related to the svchost malware issue.
 

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