I'm not sure what these files are ... safe to delete?

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  1. OceanFrog macrumors regular

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    When I look in ... Macintosh HD - users - [my name] ... it gives me the below.

    I'm not sure what all those files from 16 Feb 2017 are. Is it safe to delete them?
     

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  2. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Yes. Maybe temp files from a third party program.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    What folder are they in?

    What happens if you click ONE TIME on one of those files, then type "command-i" (eye) to bring up the get info box?
    Does it tell you what app the file is associated with?

    As mentioned above, they look like some kind of temp file or something along that line.

    My guess (and it's ONLY "a guess") is that you can delete all of them without any problems or consequences.

    But I wouldn't be surprised if more of them appear, if you're still using the same app that created them in the first place... ;)
     
  4. OceanFrog thread starter macrumors regular

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    They are in the Macintosh HD - users - [my name] folder.

    I've included the info for two of the files.

    I've uninstalled a few programmes over the last few years. My guess is that these files are leftovers.

    Are they safe to delete?
     

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  5. crjackson2134 macrumors 601

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    Just make a full backup of your drive 1st, then delete them.

    Considering they are 0-byte files, I doubt they’re anything critical.
     
  6. fisherking macrumors 604

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    or, move them into a folder, put that folder aside for a while (or on another drive), see how things go.but they do look like temp files from some app (usually, you find this sort of thing in the user preferences folder).
     
  7. OceanFrog thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks ... I'll try this and report back here in a few weeks.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    The files "contain nothing" ("zero bytes" reported in get info).
    Just delete them.
    No backup needed.
     
  9. sbuntin macrumors regular

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    Looks less like temp files and more like a terminal command line gone wrong, as if something tried to eval a base64 string into your home folder instead of into a file.

    Base64 evals are commonly used in obfuscated adware infecting websites - any chance you were working on Wordpress plugins or something?
     
  10. fisherking macrumors 604

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    you can (sometimes) find these files in the user preferences folder; i have over years. seems just temp files, nothing complicated (or sinister).
     

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