N/APosted on - 06/29/2011
My computer has this file and I don’t even know what it is. I begin to suspect this file when I found out that its file size is getting bigger. I tried running an anti-virus and anti-spyware software but nothing was detected on my computer.
What kind of file is this? and why it is in my computer?
What is Win386.swp and its uses
Win386 is a Windows swap file in Windows Environment like Windows 95, 98, and ME that is used for Virtual Memory. When running an application this swap file is responsible for providing memory. It is normal that this file accumulates space on your hard drive, so if your have a low hard disk space then you computer might slow down. The only thing that you can do is to move this swap file to a location that has larger space, doing so may speed up your computer performance.
How to move the swap file to a different location?
Click “Start”> Settings> Control Panel, locate the “System” icon and double click it.
Click the “Performance” tab under System Properties.
Click “Virtual Memory”.
Choose “Let me specify my own virtual memory settings” from the option.
Select a different hard drive that has a lot of space for win386.swp new location.
You can also move the Win386. swp file to a removable storage. But this media must always stay connected to the computer because it is always being use by the machine. If you attempt to remove it an error will occur or your computer freezes.