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My C:\Windows\Temp folder has over 50 GIGS of files in it. Most are large AVP___.tmp files, 1.8 megs in size. My computer had about 20 of these created just today.

Also there are many files like cov2F.tmp that are 20 megs in size.

I have been experiencing unusual computer problems, so did a manual virus scan today using my F-Secure program, and I noticed the virus scan really bogged down in this file folder, making only very slow progress.

Anyway, I want to delete these files, and find out why so many are made. If they are necessary, why aren't the old files automatically clearing themselves out.

What is going on here? Thanks.

My PC is 2 years old
Windows XP pro
version 2002
Service Pack 2
Intel ® Core™2CPU
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1.86GHz, 2 GB RAM
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