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Purpose of cleanup.exe?


After deploying epo-agent version to our systems, it seems a file cleanup.exe is being put under a directory C:\windows\temp\mfexxx.tmp.

It also seems removing this file/directory just makes it come back. What's the purpose of this? Is it normal behaviour or should I be worried?

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Re: Purpose of cleanup.exe?

This is normal - cleanup is part of the agent installer. I shouldn't worry about it - unless it's causing other problems?



Re: Purpose of cleanup.exe?

We use a third party tool to distribute the framepkg.exe and it was set to distribute always without checking if the agent was already installed or not :-).

The cleanup.exe file under c:\windows\temp\mfexxx.tmp was part of a pending file operation.

So it seems in no way should you have that file in that location under normal circumstances. Only after an agent installation/reinstallation until first reboot.

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Re: Purpose of cleanup.exe?

Yes, that's correct - it should be removed on the next restart

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Re: Purpose of cleanup.exe?

Hi all,

I have the same problem, but in my case mfexxx.tmp files end up using all the free space on the disk, what can be?

Machine with Problem:

System Description N/A
Operating System OS Type:Windows 2000,OS PlatformSmiley Tonguerofessional,OS Version:5.0,OS Service Pack VersionSmiley Frustratedervice Pack 4
Is 64 Bit OS No
System Tree Sorting Enabled
Managed State Managed
Agent Version (deprecated)
Last Communication 6/23/10 5:40:43 PM
Last Sequence Error
Sequence Errors 0
Installed Products Data Loss Prevention, McAfee Agent, Product Coverage Reports, VirusScan Enterprise, AntiSpyware