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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Cymraeg, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Cymraeg

    Cymraeg Lurker
    Thread Starter

    In the Downloads folder on my Kindle Fire 10 there are numerous files of this form:


    .org.chromium.Chromium.Gwet8n


    .org.chromium.Chromium.4v4oac


    .org.chromium.Chromium.3BkYPc

    They take up over 1 Gb space. What are they and can I delete them?

    Thanks
    John
     


  2. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Chromium is an open source browser that Google Chrome is based on.
    https://www.chromium.org/Home
    I presume that's the browser you're using? Yes, I think it's perfectly safe to clear its cache files.
     
    #2 mikedt, Feb 7, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2018
  3. Cymraeg

    Cymraeg Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Sorry to be a bit of an idiot (I'm 71 years of age and not very computer literate). Yes, I do use Chrome, however I have been downloading some PDF files which have automatically stored in Downloads. The Chromium files are mixed in with these. Are these still cache files as a result of where they have stored themselves?
    Thanks very much for replying.
    John
     
  4. 88keyplayer

    88keyplayer Lurker

    I use the Brave Browser because of privacy and don't like being used as a product.
    Will Brave create these .org.chromium.Chromium files? I have 2 listed in my phone and have never seen them before today after using an Android File explorer app from Play.
     
  5. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    First, a belated welcome to Android Forums, 88keyplayer! :) I rarely visit this board any more, so I didn't see your post until now.
    I'm guessing that it's the file manager, not the browser, causing this.

    I have several reasons, including the fact that you've never seen them before installing the FM app.

    After reading this thread about a Linux program, Zulip Electron, creating large numbers of .org.chromium.Chromium.xxxxxx files on computers, I deduced that an Android app could do the same on an Android [Linux] device.

    From that same thread I found that Opera browsers create those files, too. But, again, since you've been using your browser, Brave, before ever seeing these files, I don't think they're related.

    On Linux computers, in the first person's case, they're stored in /tmp, which is a directory that's usually cleaned up by the system, including emptying it following its [very rare!] reboots.

    If you can tell us where your files are located, that will help figure out what, if anything, to do about them.
     

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