I was going to start a new thread about this issue since I recently discussed it with Westside
However, this etilqs_ issue seems to be quickly resolved as far as jorjab is concerned, so I hope nobody minds I am adding valuable information to this thread (not really "hijacking"
) by posting more details below. Maybe I'll get lucky and get some answers too. WinPatrol
's dog occasionally startingly barks and presents me with a "New Program Alert" window that displays the above-mentioned etilqs_???????? file as the "new program". The path to the file is displayed right below that.
Here's what WinPatrol's "PLUS" Information (available to paid users) says about the alerts.
| Path: C:\Documents and Settings\mailman\Local Settings\Temp\etilqs_t2ZBTd4jEVs5a4AbPVWM |
SQLite Temp Files – ETILQS_
Etilqs_7uskvgpey8hw3blgg9nk and other files starting with etilqs_?????? (where ?? are random letters and numbers) may be found in your c:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Application Data\ folder (Windows 95/NT/98/ME/2000/XP) or c:\Users\\AppData\Local\ (Windows Vista, Windows 7). The word etilqs is SQLite spelled backwards. These appear to be SQLite related temp files that appear when using a Mozilla browser. These files started cropping up after a recent sqlite update. You'll find more information at http://www.sqlite.org/changes.html.
SQLite is a in-process library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. The code for SQLite is in the public domain so it is found in a number of programs including Mozilla Firefox, Skype, the Adobe Acrobat reader and more. You'll find more information at http://www.sqlite.org/famous.html.
It is likely that this issue will be addressed in a future update. In the meantime, it's safe to delete these files.
Sometimes I will get only one alert. Other times I will get three or four alerts in quick succession as I delete the files via WinPatrol. I have not yet determined a pattern such that I can reproduce the alerts at will. (This time I did have several Firefox tabs. Some tabs were created by links. Other tabs were created with Ctrl-T. I wonder whether that has something to do with the SQLite temp files being created or not.)
The WinPatrol alerts are beginning to annoy me though. Westside stated
he has never seen these WinPatrol alerts. Therefore, I wonder whether it's because his browsing style differs drastically from mine or malware might actually be causing WinPatrol's dog to get excited in my computer. EDIT:
My OS: Windows XP Home SP3
| My WinPatrol: PLUS v16.0.2009.6
WinPatrol Alert issue occurs with at least Firefox versions 3.0.11 and 3.0.10 (and maybe earlier?). EDIT#2:
I searched http://www.sqlite.org/changes.html
for "WinPatrol" and found nothing. I searched for "etilqs" and found only one mention (of the date SQLite started naming it's temp files backwards). In other words, I did not fin ANY mention of WinPatrol's "New Program Alert" popup windows.
- Does anyone know WHY WinPatrol occasionally alerts about these etilqs_?????? files?
- Does anyone else here see these WinPatrol alerts too?
- Can anyone else here produce the WinPatrol alerts at will? If so, then how?