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Hello,

Since a few months, every day 7 log files are created in the etc\drivers directory on a Windows XP PC. Logs are 9767 KB big and are filling up my hard drive. These are all called wininet.log and are numbered. I'm up to winint.log1252 now. Two questions:

- anybody an idea where they come from?
- can I delete them just like that?

Many thanks for any help
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Haresh Nikumbh earned 250 total points
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If i am not wrong those are related to Analytic log

kindly refer below link and verify if this setting is configured..  if yes then you can disable logging ..

and if you do not want to disable then .. you can delete old logs .. if they are related to IIS

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/santhoshonline/archive/2010/07/08/howto-wininet-etw-logging-analytic-logging.aspx
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by:P-R-W
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Thanks for the suggestion, but the article applies to other Window versions.

It is an XP machine and it doesn't have Applications and Services Logs.
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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can you post  sample content of the file .. 3-4 lines are sufficient.
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Sounds like IE Debugging is enabled.

Check your environment variables (run "set" in a command prompt) and look for wininetlog=1 and/or WininetLogFile=<location>

If wininetlog=1 try deleting that environment variable, that should stop the logging.

As for deleting them - that shouldn't be a problem, they're log files. Don't delete wininet.dll
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by:P-R-W
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@takecoffe: It is not a normal logfile. Lines are not readable.

@apreed: as it is not a "normal" readable logfile, I didn't want to delete is just like that.
There is no environment variable set called wininetlog or wininetLogFile
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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those logs are getting created by Wininet.dll which is mainly used for debugging program.

as you mention there IE debugging is not enable on this machine then verify what software are installed ( Development tool -- Visual studio , SQL or any other ) which is has enable this option.
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by:P-R-W
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Thanks for your help guys. Found out the problem. There is a proces that has a special "logging" enabled. The points are for the effort.
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