Atmel Studio 7, Windows 8:
For the last year or so, I've been having issues with my computer writing massive amounts of temp files. Lately it has gotten extremely bad, writing a up to 10 gigs of temp files a day. I could see these 3k files popping up like flies on...old food. When I profiled the processes to see what was creating the temp files, the resource said msiexec. Some reading online said there could be a trojan under that name, but it was in the sys32 folder etc, so I looked deeper - it was Visual Studio constantly trying to install something even when it wasn't running. Cancelling the process, it would just turn back on automatically. If I rebooted, it wouldn't start this temp file business until I launched studio. Then I thought about when the temp files started to be an issue - it was around the time I installed AS7...
After my last reboot, I found nothing running and found that there were no files being added to either temp. Then I started Atmel Studio, and the temp file madness ensued again. I closed AS7 the temp files were still piling in, so I rebooted again, and cleaned out the temp directory under User and Windows, and now AS7 won't run. This is the first time I have cleaned the User temp location.
I had constant problems with crashes and now this. Full deletion of temp files stopped the program from being able to start-up again? Seems odd but I'm wondering if the installation was somehow corrupt, causing it to try to update, or is that update just part of running? I think gigs of temp files that don't go away (hence not temp) that I've had to manually delete for months is pretty absurd.
Does it make sense to clean all VS components off of my machine and then do a clean install of AS7? There are so many visual studio components I'm not sure what to even remove? I don't use VS for anything else, I use Eclipse, but I'm worried there might be some program that uses a VS component under the hood that I'm not aware of - or is that unlikely? What would have caused this? A bad install? Overlap from older VS components? Any insight would be helpful.