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Odd Files Left Over After SP1 - Can't Delete (Long Paths)

Q: Odd Files Left Over After SP1 - Can't Delete (Long Paths)


After installing installing SP1, a folder on my C drive is left over.

I am unable to delete it since the path is too long, see attachment.

Also, see attached txt file for directory and file info.

I can't rename the files either, rename does not even show up on context menu and F2 does nothing.

So safe to delete these files some how? I get the same error if I try and move it like it recommends in the message. I tried moving just a single file to C drive but same error.

Not a big deal since it's only 2 484 269 bytes or 2.36918354 megabytes worth of files.

Take Care,


A: Odd Files Left Over After SP1 - Can't Delete (Long Paths)

I'm not sure if it will work with the file you're having problems with, but you can try Windows 7 Disk Cleanup.
There is an option for Service Pack Backup Files.

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I am also facing a similiar issue, like given in the thread - Cannot delete shortcut file

I cant deleted some invalid paths and shortcuts in the system....
Here when I open any application and try to insert or open a file for that application, I am facing the problem.

For Example,
In VLC Player, I click on Media --> Open File

This gives you the Box to select the file you want and in the bottom of that small window in the " File name " box, you will be having a drop down box to select the file.
Here all the deleted files are listed with the file name and path, which was deleted months ago...
When you select the file it says, "Path does not exist, try again"
So, I think all the invalid shortcuts are stored some where in the system, which displays there.
So we need to deleted that particular cache.
I found out that there is something called " Indexed Cache " in Vista, which saves all the shortcuts as the files are stored.
I need to find out how to delete the file shortcuts from that location.
Please help.

Similiar issue is there in Outlook 2007, when I compose a new message and insert file.
It gives the drop down box like the above issue with all the deleted files path.

I tried rebuilding the Indexing Options as advised before.
It didnt work.
I performed all the basic steps, like deleting cookies,temp files from system,ran chkdsk,disk cleanup, and also used some popular and unpopular cleaning software and nothing worked.

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A:Unable to delete invalid shortcuts and paths of deleted files.

You are talking about most reciently used files.
This can be deleted in the disk cleanup.
Hope this helps.

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I have had an issue where some files won't delete.. while others take too long.. while others delete quickly..

The type of files i mostly deal with are in PDF format..

I have 6 Gigz of memory.. and i'm not running anything heavy in the background..

I know that this is a problem with Windows.. but i can't find a solution

Please help?


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Long file paths cause real problems when need to move/copy or delete large amount of data that the path is 350 character long (max character allowed by Windows is 256)

I was wondering if anyone knows of any third party app. that can help with this. Something that will prevent users from naming files/folders on the network and display a message to them.

Renaming files/folders is not what I'm looking for. The problem currently is resolved, I'm trying to avoid this from happening in the future.
Thank you

A:Prevent users from creating long paths

I think the real problem here is that the users don't always see the full path.
If you as an administrator map a network drive to a path, the user will be blissfully aware of the true full path.
I'm pretty sure that no human is going to use a path that length deliberately.

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I'm doing some work on my brother in law's laptop. I used his external HDD to create a system image which worked fine. I also see backups from computers he doesn't even have anymore that are old, some from as far back as 2003. Anyway, when I selecet them and hit delete, it takes 20 minutes or more to delete these old backups. Why does it take so long? I turned off moving the files to the recycle bin so it should be just a matter of the OS marking that space available, right?

For the most part the files are deleted bam, bam, bam but every once in awhile it will pause on deletion of a single file for a minute or more. There are no error messages so I don't believe these pauses are due to read errors.

Any suggestions on speeding up things?

A:Why so long to delete files from external HDD?

Antiviruses like to interfere with activity on externals. You could try disabling that.
You could also (while the external is plugged in) right click the trash bin and tell it not to cache items from the external. (this will remove your ability to recover items deleted from that drive from the recycle bin.

...but honestly it's a feature I probably use once or twice a year anyway.

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My system lost its motherboard.  I recoevered data from the hard drive and saved recovered files to my file server.  I back up my server every week.  When I had to delete some back up copies becasue of space, a few files cannot be deleted
becasue their filepath is too long (18 to 20 subfolders down).  Is there any way to delete them?  I tried renaming and moving and cut & paste, etc.  I was able to delete the recovery file on my server. 

A:Cannot delete files - file name is too long

The solution is here :
Alternate method:
 Regards, h9ck3r.

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I have not been successful to delete 3 files in 3 separate folders from C drive and same on the D drive..2 physical hard drives on a Toshiba laptop using win vista home prm.
I believe that all malware has been cleaned..and the 2many security programs are all reporting me clean. Though I never did experience any of the symptoms of any these malware.
I dropped Norton IS 2010 and now have PC Tools Spyware Doctor, AdWare free, SUPERAntiSpyware free, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware free, plus other stuff such as uninstallers process explorers.

The 6 files in 6 folders on 2 physical hard drives all say the same thing. A reference to a a program from RegRun long ago uninstalled but now from several weeks ago I have these files and folders showed up. On C:\ there is Autorun.inf,Comment.htt and Desktop.ini And inside there is this 1 file <lpt3> that in the properties box says <Drive_is Protected_against_flash_virus_by RegRun file. Same on D:\ Of course I went googled it. At there answer was to reinstall their program and I kind of shy to do so. I not even sure why regrun still on my computer after all this time. Though I remember that the program was operating at a lower level looking for Rootkits. ?? Could RegRun still be in the Boot Up ?? Or maybe I am infected in the Boot Up ?? I uninstalled RegRun 1 year ago. And if I am remembering correct I did something wrong using RegRun's program and ruined My OS and had to use the restore disk or did I re... Read more

A:unable to delete files left from program uninstall

Try this: Norton Removal Tool to verify that Norton is completely removed.Have you ran any anti-malware scans?

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As soon as I left click on something to open it, it'll ask me if I want to send whatever I'm opening to the recycle bin. If I attempt to close that message, it'll keep popping up continuously. For some reason, lines of text also seem to disappear when I open text files and such.

NOTE: When I ran the HijackThis scan, I got a message saying that my system had denied HijackThis access to the hosts file. It was telling me to open it and edit it. Is that something I should've done before having scanned my computer or will I only have to do that during the malware removing process?

Here's the Hijackthis log file:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 18:40:41, on 09-01-2014
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.16428)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\Update Core\NvBackend.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Odometer\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\NVIDIA Update Core\NvTmru.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hp\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\DeathAdder\razerhid.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\avastui.exe
C:\ProgramData\Easybits Magic Desktop for HP\mdhpSUN.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\DeathAdder\razertra.exe
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I am in the process of cleaning a system. I have emptied all the temp folders, content.ie5 folders, scanned for and removed viruses and run CHKDSK /R to correct errors in the file table as well as run MalwareBytes' Antimalware and rebooted several times; but, I have a few files left behind that have excessively long names that resist deletion, resist renaming and resist moving.

I haven't actually counted the number of characters in the names; but, I am guessing there are about 150 or more of just random characters.

Example name:

They are all contained within the various Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\xxxxxxxx folders.

I've tried deltree /y, tried rd /y /q and I've tried simply right-click and delete on their containing folders.

By the way, the hard disk I'm cleaning has been removed from its primary system and connected as a secondary in another system.... Read more

A:How do I delete files with excessively long names?

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Here's my main problem: There are files I want to be deleted, search finds the files, but they are not in the folders shown. I can search for my folder of items that were supposed to be deleted, and search finds them in exactly the spot they are supposed to be in, but when I click them to open, or even look in the folder they are supposed to be in, they are not there. When I select them in the search to delete them, they stay. They are also shown as having 0 bytes. I WANT TO DELETE THESE FILES.

This is how I'm pretty sure it happened. I selected a large file (17 gb) and sent it to the recycling bin. After about 30 minutes I figured it was going nowhere, so I canceled sending the items. This was equally as frustrating. So then, I went into the recycling bin and tried to delete the file from there while it was still canceling my request to send them to the file. After leaving my computer for an hour or so... the computer came back with an error from the recycling bin saying the file couldn't be found.

I have tried everything I can think of to delete the files, any suggestions?
(I have Vista Home Premium)

A:Deleting files took too long, after cancelling, and can't delete them!

What you are find in the search may be "Recent links" the deleted files.
What is the FULL file name including the extension of these files shown in the search pane?

Are you this one file is 17 Gigs as it is way to large?

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I frequently want to clean out folders that have file names over 64 characters. Currently I am up against one of about 80 characters. I most frequently find these thiongs on Content.ie5 folders. I can't delete it. I can't rename it and I can't move it. I can, however, copy it and make another file of the same name in another fiolder that I cannot delete.

I can't format the drive in Windows, either.

Any suggestions?

This one happens to be a USB drive--160-Gig IDE drive in a USB enclosure.

A:How to delete files with really long names--over 64 characters?

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I tried to delete the "users" folder from a backup copy of my C drive. The backup is on another disk. I get the following message: "the source files are larger than supported by the file system...." The files are buried deep in the users folder. I am not able to rename them. I don't know how to delete them. Any help appreciated.
See attached imageshack image.

A:Solved: Cannot delete files with long filenames

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I frequently want to clean out folders that have file names over 64 characters. Currently I am up against one of about 80 characters. I most frequently find these thiongs on Content.ie5 folders. I can't delete it. I can't rename it and I can't move it. I can, however, copy it and make another file of the same name in another fiolder that I cannot delete.

I can't format the drive in Windows, either.

Any suggestions?

This one happens to be a USB drive--160-Gig IDE drive in a USB enclosure.

A:How to delete files with really long names--over 64 characters?

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Hey, how on earth can i delete some files that have stuck themselves onto my desktop?

my issues started when i ran the shell:links command in the start run bar and it moved my music and pictures folders to stupidly long and deep 'loops' of music > links > music > links etc... some going on for 78 folders!

as such, i haven't been able to delete them. i've tried everything i can think of, fan CHKDSK /f /r but everything's fine, tried forcebly deleting them with numerous applications but to no avail, and the final straw now is that i somehow got some on my dektop and they won't budge!

didn't get much help to my previous thread about it

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A:Can some help? cannot delete files as 'names too long for filesystem'

Have you tried unlocker?


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I recently transferred a large quantity of files from my XP machine to my Vista x64 machine. All went well except for a small group of successfully transferred (Thunderbird) .eml files that cannot be opened, moved, copied, deleted, or renamed on the Vista machine.

If I try to delete the entire containing folder I get the following error:
This folder contains items whose names are too long for the recycle bin.

If I try to delete, open, copy or move the files themselves I get the following error:
The source file name(s) are larger than supported by the file system. Try moving to a location which has a shorter path name, or try renaming to shorter file names before attempting this operation.

The right-click context menu does not display the "rename" option (although rename is available for other files)

Anyone know how I can get rid of these?

A:Vista x64 / Cannot Delete Files - File Name Too Long

Can you move the folder to the root of the drive as in "C:" ? That may shorten the path enough to get them deleted. When you delete them hold the shift key to bypass the recycle bin.

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WOW Long Path Tool! This Program is amazing! It can simplify and probably end your problems in unlocking, managing and renaming files that appear to have a long filename.

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Whenever I delete a folder I notice it takes Windows an awful long time for the deletion dialog box to finally disappear. In Windows 2000 when you delete something it does so right away.

I notice this on IBM desktops and Dell laptops/desktops so I don't think it is a hardware issue.

Does anyone know what causes this and if it can be sped up?

A:Windows XP takes a long time to delete files

Has anyone seen this or am I the only one?

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I have seen a number of posts regarding this problem. I have tried CMDs erase, del, RD, File Shredder, cut and paste to a root folder, "file shredder" (that tries to install a number of junk programs), and "Long Path File Tool"
that wants me to buy it to try. I can move the folders but never can delete the files. I get this more often on a USB drive than my hard drives.
Seriously, Microsoft needs to come up with a tool to handle this. So far, the only fix is to format the USB drive.
See the error message below.

A:Cannot Delete files and folders - Source Path Too Long

Hi Gregger,
did you ever try this:  ?

Please let me know if you were able to remove your file using it.

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Here is the simple solution to fixing the Windows 10 taking long time to delete files and folders problem.


When you delete a big file (or folder) or lots of files in File Explorer, you notice in the popup window
the green progress bar goes to 99% and then stops and you have to wait many minutes for it to finish
the deletion process thereafter.


? Open File Explorer
? Highlight with your mouse "This PC" in the Left Sidebar
? Click the "View" tab in the Top Menu Bar
? Look to the Far Right in the Top Menu Bar and Click "Options"
? Click "Change Folder And Search Options"
? In the popup box next Click the "View" tab
? In the "Advanced Settings" box Scroll Down and CHECK the box that says "Launch Folder Windows In A Separate Process"
? Click the "Apply" button at the bottom

Now when you delete files and folders in File Explorer it will go to 100% delete rapidly instead of hanging on the the 99% point.

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an old user account now has the same group of folders and files repeated several times and the total size is about 30GB. When I try to delete these I get the message that a file name is too long and cannot be deleted. I have trawled the internet for solutions but, so far, none has worked. Has anyone any ideas?

A:Delete multiple files long file names

back-up your files and re-format... quickest solution with the least amount of headache...

As for the problem itself, not a clue. But I can bet formating will fix it ;)

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I copied the Pictures folder from my friend's non-working laptop using a Linux disk and external hard drive. When I try to copy it to a new Win 8 computer using Windows, Windows says the path is too long, cannot copy some folders and files. The problem seems to be some iPad photo backups that ended up in folders that are nested 12 folders deep - folders within folders within folders, etc. When I go to the deepest folder level and try to move or even delete some files, Windows refuses, again says path is too long, even though I am only trying to delete.

I assume I would be able to sort this out in Linux, but I'd prefer to do it in Windows if anyone has an idea how it can be done.


A:Path too long, Windows cannot delete or move files

Can you drag and drop one of the folders in the tree to a "higher" folder (eg. create C:\TEMP and use that)?

An alternative (much more convoluted) which might work is to set up a network share for one of the folders on the tree, map it to a drive (Y: say), and then delete it from there.

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What i am experiencing is when i try to right click, open up, or delete a file using the delete key, my computer is taking approximately 30+ seconds to interact with that file. However, when i use a shortcut to open the file it's fine, and this happens with every file in my computer. Except folders and shortcuts.

What i am running is:

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
194gb Hard Drive
1gb DDR2 ram
Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT Graphics Card
Pentium 4

What i have done:

Disabled Indexing (Then re-enabled when i figured it did nothing)
Updated my computer
Cleaned Registry
Cleaned Temp Files

I have recently installed professional when i wiped my hard drive when i have collected a virus which slowed down my computer to the point to where all i could do was open the start menu.

I hope my information was sufficiant.

Just a reminder:

This problem occurs with all file types except for .ink and folders. File size doesn't matter.
In many occaisions would right clicking a .exe file work like it should.

EDIT: I am running Nod32 AV

Thank you for your time.


A:Files take a long time to open/right click/delete

A bad installation of windows xp could cause your pc to run slow. That can only be a software prob and if you formatted recently it's unlikely you have a virus.

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Hello Guys and Gals - hope someone out there can help?
I have noticed that my laptop is not operating up to par over the past few months - HP Pavilion g7 4 GB Memory x64 Windows 7 - bought in Jan 2012.

Periodically things don't work right - Sep'12 on I experienced Blue screen and now when turning on I quickly hit esc and it starts up fine. Sometimes programs won't download - I have also noticed at times that my AV was 'Off' and now has expired. Decided to go back to Avast and chose the 'pay' option. I managed to download it to the desktop but it won't 'Run'. Phoned Support and spoke to 3 'helpers over this afternoon. None could help. The last gal investigated further than the 2 before her.... she went to Temp Files and told me that I had 100s more than I should and that a lot were corrupt and I need to take the PC to an 'expert' to clean - not to do myself as, If I delete these Temp files I could be deleting files that are required for running programs. She also showed me 'Start/reliability history where there are a lot of red Xs and problems. She told me I will not be able to d'load Avast or probably any other program until I get the computer cleaned. Either she was trying to steer me to Avast Tech which we discussed, and is $169 per year!!! Or she was genuine. How can I resolve this dilemma ? At the moment I have no Anti Virus - !!!!

A:Is it safe to delete Temp files with long numbers in front?

Quote: Originally Posted by Cheeki

Hello Guys and Gals - hope someone out there can help?
I have noticed that my laptop is not operating up to par over the past few months - HP Pavilion g7 4 GB Memory x64 Windows 7 - bought in Jan 2012.

Periodically things don't work right - Sep'12 on I experienced Blue screen and now when turning on I quickly hit esc and it starts up fine. Sometimes programs won't download - I have also noticed at times that my AV was 'Off' and now has expired. Decided to go back to Avast and chose the 'pay' option. I managed to download it to the desktop but it won't 'Run'. Phoned Support and spoke to 3 'helpers over this afternoon. None could help. The last gal investigated further than the 2 before her.... she went to Temp Files and told me that I had 100s more than I should and that a lot were corrupt and I need to take the PC to an 'expert' to clean - not to do myself as, If I delete these Temp files I could be deleting files that are required for running programs. She also showed me 'Start/reliability history where there are a lot of red Xs and problems. She told me I will not be able to d'load Avast or probably any other program until I get the computer cleaned. Either she was trying to steer me to Avast Tech which we discussed, and is $169 per year!!! Or she was genuine. How can I resolve this dilemma ? At the moment I have no Anti Virus - !!!!

Do not delete temporary files that are in your TEMP folder ... Read more

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I constantly have problems dealing with the 260 character limit in file path/names and have read many times that a new GPO called "Enable NTFS long paths" was supposed to be included in the Anniversary Update and have seen many screen shots and videos showing it, but they were all preview versions. Does anyone know if it was pulled out of the final release? Edit: Never mind. They moved the GPO up in the chain. It's no longer under "NTFS," but is under "Filesystem."

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Hi guys,

We have been using a labeling software from a laptop with Windows Vista for a long time. In that laptop we have thousands of labels stored that we open and edit with such software. Those labels contain logos of companies as absolute paths, that is C:\...\something.jpg , instead of embedding the image on the file.

Now we have installed such software on newer PCs and moved those files to the new PCs. Consequently, the labels appear with the links to the logos broken.

I don't know how to manage that.

Can you give me a hand?

Kind Regards,


A:Files with absolute paths links - How to move them?

Just to say those images are on any folder of the C: unit from the laptop.
There is no a folder that contains the set of images.

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I guess this may be a tiny bit off the subject here, but I am attempting this in windows 7.

I have a program file manager tool called 'Directory Opus' that is capable of calling windows external programs and passing them the current directory the file manager is sitting on.

So far so good.

Now I want to call a cygwin (linux/unix emulator for windows) terminal with that file manager.

Checking properties on the cygwin Icon I got the path: C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico -

So it is a path to a command and an argument to that command.

Actually I guess it is 2 arguments to a command since I think '-' in that position means to feed anything on STDIN to the command. At least that would be true in unix shell programming.

So using the Directory opus setup I pass this call:
'@async:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - <and here add {s}>'

So the call ends up:
'@async:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - {s}'

That call does just what it is supposed to. It passed the current file absolute address however cygwin terminal does not understand the windows path notation. If I were passing it: C:\subdir\blah\ It would just say 'No such file' Cygwin terminal wants to see /cygdrive/c/subdir/blah Or at least I think that is what is happing.

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I would ask on specifically this forum:
General Software Discussion -

The reason is I know there are a bunch of DO aficionados, who also use Linux, on that forum. I've never tried DO myself. I have played around with CygWin. But it's been a few years.

If the site wants a donation to sign up just explain to Mouser why you want to post etc.. I think he'll be sympathetic.

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I just ran a Spybot S&D scan and for the first time since first downloading this program I came up with missing dll files, wrong registry paths, etc. Over the weekend, I had a power surge and it seems that I've had some minor problems with different programs. For instance, I had to reload my McAfee Virus Scan again this morning before running my online scan, which is unusual. Updates aren't unusual, but this seemed to load files that load when I first downloaded the program???? Also my directX files were missing. Anyways, I went to the help file on S&D and it warned not to correct the following unless I am comfortable. Would someone with much more knowledge than I verify that the following are okay to fix?? Thanks in advance for the help y'all....

Congratulations!: No Spybots were found. ()

Windows Registry: rvse.chm (Missing helpfile, nothing done)

Windows Registry: shvl.chm (Missing helpfile, nothing done)

Windows Registry: bckg.chm (Missing helpfile, nothing done)

Windows Registry: hrtz.chm (Missing helpfile, nothing done)

Windows Registry: chkr.chm (Missing helpfile, nothing done)

Windows Registry: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\VDOWAVE.DRV (Missing shared DLL, nothing done)

Windows Registry: C:\Program Files\Corel\WordPerfect Office 2002\Programs\QPW.exe (Missing shared DLL, nothing done)

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A:Spybot S&D results: Missing files and wrong appl. paths

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BSOD appears with the comment "DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE"

Win 7 Home Premium x64 (pre-installed)
New HPdv6-6c40us purchased in March.

This is a new computer, it shouldn't be having any issues?

Re: Attachments, I have included the Windows NT6 BSOD jcgriff2 folder as noted in the BSOD posting instructions but running perfmon /report returns the message :

An error occured while attempting to generate the report.

Access Denied.

Thoughts? Recommendations?

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Have you tried a system restore to a date before May 3rd? System Restore and pay close attention to the NOTE: in step 8. of OPTION ONE.

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tl;dr warning I like to write a lot, scroll down for pure data
Hello, bleepingcomputer staff! While I generally prefer to fix all my computer problems by myself, this time I must admit Im defeated. Its my own fault, because I got a bit too confident about not having problems with viruses. Some tweaks, hardware firewall + windows and common sense were enough. I got lazy and stopped doing regular virus scans (active protection? aww hell no, muh RAM), updates, ETC.
When I got in problems with local hacking/cracking/doxing/hiddenweb community I only added zone alarm firewall, which propably isnt that great nowadays, anyway, one day I was helping my female friend (how they manage to catch so much viruses is beyond my understanding) and just got a thought - lets run DrWeb, just to make sure I dont have any problems.
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¤¤¤ Szkodliwe procesy : 1 ¤¤¤[Suspicious.Path] etu2iasg.exe -- D:\TEMP\7DAD633C-13E6175D-279D8F98-9775DFB1\etu2iasg.exe[7] -> ZAKOŃCZONO [TermProc]Unless you know what this is run the RogueKiller tool and delete it.===Do you know what this is?Are you sure that this is safe?S3 g23ky4ym; C:\Windows\SysWOW64\drivers\g23ky4ym.sys [35904 2014-06-18] (VirusBlokAda Ltd.)===Open notepad (Start =>All Programs => Accessories => Notepad). Please copy the entire contents of the code box below. start

SearchScopes: HKLM-x32 - DefaultScope value is missing.
FF Plugin: - disabled No File
FF Plugin-x32: - disabled No File
FF Plugin-x32: - C:\Program Files (x86)\Pando Networks\Media Booster\npPandoWebPlugin.dll No File
FF SearchPlugin: C:\Users\Shival\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\qke6ul0o.default\searchplugins\duckduckgo-next.xml
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S3 Synth3dVsc; System32\drivers\synth3dvsc.sys [X]
S3 tsusbhub; system32\drivers\tsusbhub.sys [X]
S3 VGPU; System32\drivers\rdvgkmd.sys [X]

Save the files as fixlist.txt in to the same folder as FRSTRun FRST and click Fix only once and wait.Restart the computer to reset the registry.The tool will create a log (Fixlog.txt) please post it to your reply.===In a few words what is the issue(s) with this computer.

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The browser is going to whatever it feels like. I have run malwarebytes and spybot. Also have brand new copy of Mcaffee total protection suite. After every reboot the Antivirus goes away. It's a dell inspiron 5315 running vista service pack one.(newly installed) Here is my log. Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 5:51:10 PM, on 6/25/2009Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\Explorer.EXEc:\PROGRA~1\\agent\mcagent.exeC:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\msc\mcshell.exeC:\installs\HijackThis.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = Read more

A:PAV left unattended and running wild for long time.

Thanks nevermind got it. Spyhunter has its uses.

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Been suffering this long time, finally looking to investigate. Newer Dell Studio XPS 9100:

Win 7 Enterprise, 64 bit (originally)
Core i7 intel 930 2.8
Mobo: Dell 05DN3X
PSU: Corsair AX850
Radeon HD 7700 (switched after suspecting previous card which was a beast - no change)
Samsung SSD (but same BSOD with SATA drives)
PC 3 yrs old

Have replace PS, RAM and video card.

BSOD Viewer always reports with the pink highlighted files as suspect: hal.dll, ntoskrnl.ex, and pci.sys. Required analysis zip file attached.

Bug Check Code : 0x00000124
Parameter 1: 00000000`00000004
Parameter 2: fffffa80`117d5498
Parameter 3: 00000000`00000000
Parameter 4: 00000000`00000000
Caused By Driver: hal.dll
Caused By Address: hal.dll+12a3b
Crash Address: ntoskrnl.exe+75bc0

Suspect heating issue but not sure why. I guess because only occurs when left on all day or for most of the day.

Any help appreciated. This one seems to be very generic.

A:BSOD when PC left on long periods: error 0x00000124 hardware



A fatal hardware error has occurred. This fatal error displays data from the Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA).

If we run an !errrec on the 2nd parameter of the bug check (address of the WER structure) we get the following:


Common Platform Error Record @ fffffa80117b7038
Record Id : 01cfcc91c4a8a2c7
Severity : Fatal (1)
Length : 672
Creator : Microsoft
Notify Type : PCI Express Error
Timestamp : 9/10/2014 9:27:00 (UTC)
Flags : 0x00000000

Port Type : Root Port


AER Information @ fffffa80117b71b8
Uncorrectable Error Status : 00004020 ur ecrc mtlp rof uc ca CTO fcp ptlp SD dlp und
Uncorrectable Error Mask : 00000000 ur ecrc mtlp rof uc ca cto fcp ptlp sd dlp und
Uncorrectable Error Severity : 00062010 ur ecrc MTLP ROF uc ca cto FCP ptlp sd DLP und
Correctable Error Status : 00000000 adv rtto rnro dllp tlp re
Correctable Error Mask : 00000000 adv rtto rnro dllp tlp re
Caps & Control : 00000005 ecrcchken ecrcchkcap ecrcgenen ecrcgencap FEP
Header Log : 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
Root Error Command : 00000000 fen nfen cen
Root Error Status : 00000000 MSG# 00 fer nfer fuf mur ur mcr cer
Correctable Error S... Read more

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How do I change from a double left click to open files or Icons to a single left click?

A:Changing from double left click to open files to a single left click

control panel>folder options

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HI Every one i have this partition on the left thats not doing anything right now in

my pc and i would love to delete it.

It use to be windows xp as a second OS but i deleted it and it left me with 15 gigs

of space.

I can format it and shrink it just to test if it functions and it does.

Can some one help me delete it and give the 15 gigs back to my C:.

oh I also tried using partition wizard home edition, it did not work,

and i tried to use EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition free edition

but it said that its no compatibale with 64-bit even though i got it from the 64-bit

section.( and yes just incase, I right clicked and ran as administrator )

Below are a few pics hope they show

thanks in advance for any type of help Thank You

A:How do i delete the partition to the left of C:

Hi Ramza:
Have you tried this: Start Menu \ Control Panel\System and Maintenance\Administrative Tools \ Computer Management \ Disk Management \ Right click on the partition you want to delete \ Delete Volume.

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i am running Windows Live Mail on Windows 7. i have deleted emails from my inbox only to find them in my inbox after a restart. the deletion was done when AVAST av was down if that makes a difference. upon finding the inbox full again i tried to delete them again a received an unknown error. i then looked in the deleted box and all the emails were there too. i then authorized a permanent deletion from there, so the emails are gone. but they still show in my inbox. i sent an email to myself to make sure it works. is there any why to clear the inbox?

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Hi, hope somebody can help -- windows vista home edition -
every time i left click on a item - flolder or shortcut
the dele windows appears with multipul occurances -
I have carried out virus / trogen / mal ware scans using many different
programmes and nothing shows up -

any help would be welcome

A:left mouse click = delete

What kind of mouse do you have, and does this also delete text?

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I will start by telling you this is a clean installation of windows that has just finished, has not been online or done any sort of updates or driver installations - everything is off the disk, XP Pro Service Pack 2.

The problem started before i formatted the laptop and having tried everything (to the best of my own knowledge and online forums etc) i decided it would be easier to wipe and start again. WRONG WAS I!!!

The computer finished the install and went into windows. Its quite an old laptop and all the drivers were in place off the cd. Everything worked perfect ntil i rebooted for the very first time. Now the problem is back! Everytime i left click on a desktop item, in device manager etc the laptop tries to delete it and the confirm delete box pops up.

I have tried ...

Updating the mouse drivers
Disabling the mouse driver
Uninstall & reinstall mouse drivers
Deleting all mouse drivers from windows folder
A PS2 mouse
A USB mouse

Everything just leaves me with the same problem - it's crazy BUT it works perfectly fine in safe mode which leads me to believe it is some sort of software/driver problem and not hardware. Mousepad, ps2 mouse & usb mouse all do the same thing even with different drivers. I disabled the mousepad and used usb mouse, no different.

Completely stuck on this one and any help asap would be great, laptop is useless at the mo.

HP Omnibook 6100


A:Left Mouse Click = Delete!!!

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Laptop model hp pavilion g6 2016txos windows 8.1 pro 64 bit For the past 1 week,my laptop's delete , left and right arrow keys are not working all of a sudden.I tried uninstalling the keyboard driver and restarting but it didnt work.i tried removing the battery it didnt workBut when i entered into the bios system left and right arrow keys are working. Please provide me a solution to solve the problem as early as possible Thanking youBasil Joseph

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In order to get rid of the malware "powerfulvirusremover2008" junk, I downloaded [Malwarebytes Anti-Malware], which did a tremendous job. Still, four registry keys are left over after a couple of reboots that I can't even delete manually in regedit.
Any suggestions what to do would be truly appreciated (googling and then clicking on some result still "re-directs" me to a site I do not wish to go!

Here is the log after a couple of reboots:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.30
Database version: 1414
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

11/20/2008 6:24:12 PM
mbam-log-2008-11-20 (18-24-12).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 53017
Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 43 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 4
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Settings\bf (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Settings\bk (Trojan.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.
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A:Can't delete registry keys left by malware

Please reboot your computer and update Malwarebytes. This time do a FULL scan and post the new log here

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There is already a similar issue reported in this forum left click=delete. Am facing the same issue now. What was the solution found to that problem..? could somebody please share it ..? left click acting as delete intermittently. I have windows vista 32 bit installed on my laptop. Is this virus by any chance..? My 'delete' button on the keyboard is also not working.. I tried with a new mouse. Problem still persists.

A:Left click working as delete intermittently

This is the Windows XP forum, not Vista.

But I think the problem is being caused by a rogue application, which is reprogramming your keyboard and mouse. To test it boot your PC in Safe Mode using F8 and see if the problem continues. If it does not uninstall unneeded applications.

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Hi All
I had used the disc burner CDXPBurner for some time, when I came to uninstall the program the vast majority of it uninstalled but it left behind its Folder in C:/My Documents/Program files/CDXPBurner; I have tried removing by hand every bit I could find, The folder itself refuses to Delete and brings up an error box. When trying to Re-install CDXPBurner it gets to about 2/3rds way through and then stops returning to the default start.
Have used Revo Uninstaller, no change, Folder and 1 file still in Program Files folder. Anyone have any idea's where to go next...Please.
O/S Vista Home Premium

A:Solved: Left over Folder-Refuses to delete

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alright awhile back when I got this computer, I downloaded limewire pro 4.14.4 using bitlord, the torrent had good health, good comments, and was considered safe, so now I've uninstalled bitlord and limewire Pro, removed all traces of torrents and limewire from my computer except this one file that keeps causing the folder to freeze when I right click or try to delete it. It's an application and it's in a folder called .NetworkShare (C:\Users\TheArmegeddon\AppData\Roaming\Limewire). Is it possible to delete this, and if so how, also is this a dangerous Application?

A:can't delete this one file left from limewire unistallation

HelloTheArmegeddon. Have a look at Royy22 the next link down is it dangerous I do not know.

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Hi All,

All the best for 2015 to everyone.

Got a Word file from my back up that has an overly long name. It's of no use to me and I want to delete it, bit is says "Cannot delete file name too long"

It won't let me open, rename, move or delete it. I've tried to delete it through a command prompt but that does not work, even in safe mode.

How can I get rid of this little bugger?



A:Cannot delete file name too long

Hello Rob,

If you haven't already, you might see if the free program Unlocker may be able to delete the file for you.

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How do you delete a file when the File name is to long to delete?

A:File name is to long to delete

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File name is too long to delete,is there a quick fix, anyone tried the Long Path Tool, can it resolve file name is too long to delete?

A:File name is too long to delete

Are you attempting to delete the file from inside Windows? I believe the name includes folder names. If you have a file in a sub-folder you may need to move it up a level or two.I have no experience with the Long Path Tool.

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I have an ITunes file that I am unable to delete. It tells me file name is too long. I thought I had read in one of the threads how to handle this but I can't remember which one it was. Can someone help me? This problem is preventing me from getting a clean Backup of my system.....

A:Unable to delete file-Name too long

Where has your computer been going to pick on of thoise up.

THe best way is to go to the safe mode with command prompt when booting up and then go to the directory and then the file and delete it thru there manually. Also you might want to try a HijackThis log file to get the system cleaned out

To download HJTsetup.exe fromTrendSecure To Download HijackThis go to the following at the File Repository
Click on the link below to Download HijackThis Self Installer:

Save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy doing that copies the text to the clipboard, you won't see it yet....
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
A s... Read more

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Sometime ago, I made a copy of a hierarchy of folders under my "Users" folder to another drive as a quick backup. I no longer need this copy of folders and files. So when I tried to delete these files I got a message that some filenames are too long. When
I look at these files they mostly seem to be part of Internet Explorer temp directory, and also some files used by Mozilla Thunderbird, so they were likely created by these utilities on purpose. I cannot rename them to shorter names, or even move them to lower
folders. I can't even copy their filenames to show you what these filenames are! When I use the DOS prompt's "dir /x" command these files do not even have any 8.3 short filenames either, which I could've used to delete them with. There are over 400 of these
I know what the problem is, the Windows OS has a limit of somewhere around 250 characters for filenames and complete pathnames. I've seen some utilities advertised saying that they can delete these files, but they all require money. Anything that's free?Yousuf Khan

A:Cannot delete file: filename too long

Looks like no one has an answer to this one. Well I tried something really desperate yesterday. I decided to boot into Linux and mount this Windows disk under it. That did the trick, all I had to do is mount the disk, and then navigate to the folder hierarchy
which I wanted removed. Just right-click it in the Linux file explorer, and tell it to delete. It took a split second and it was gone. It was in fact faster than when I tried deleting it under Windows, because under Windows it seemed to go and find each individual
file and delete each one. In Linux, it simply deleted the base folder and everything was gone underneath.
Yousuf Khan

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I have Vista Premium 32Bit

If I hit delete on a small file (shortcut) it take 30 seconds before I see the Are you sure message.

All other operations seem to quickly and after the message it take a fraction of a second to complete

What could be causing this and how do I fix it?

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I have a problem with my XP (profetional)..

When I wana delete a file, it takes a long long long time for the (confirm delete file) message to appear..

what do u think the problem is? and how can I solve it?
Thank u..​

A:Long time to deLete a fiLe

molal said:

I have a problem with my XP..

When I wana delete a file, it takes a long long long time for the (confirm delete file) message to appear..

what do u think the problem is? and how can I solve it?
Thank u..​
moLaL..Click to expand...

When was the last time you defragmented your drive ???

try uninstalling any unneeded programs .. and stop programs from starting up

These can be disabled from start>run>msconfig > startup tab. Disable All.

This will also disable any firewalls and antivirus so only do this to see if it resolves the issue.

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This happened when I attempted to back up all my Steam Games into one file. It crashed and now I'm stuck iwth a Folder within a Folder which as a really long name (basically about 50 names) I cannot delete the file. It's advising me to rename it which I've tired but fail miserably. I attempted to use CMD like this:

C:\Users\Name>DEL "\\?\E\Steam Backup Games"
\\?\E\Steam Backup Games\*, Are you sure (Y/N) Y

Nothing happens.. the folder is still there.

I'm pretty much stuck and I cannot remove this folder.
I also created another similar to this but the Folders are empty and the name of both the folders is called "Steam BackUp Games 2" yet i can't shift+del it...

What Can I do?

A:Source Path Too Long - Cannot Delete.

I had this happen to me a while ago. St the time I made a note, should itb happen again. No gurantees, but this is my note. ( Command prompt as Admin):
cacls D:\Foldername /T /G Everyone:F
rmdir /s /q D:\Foldername
Just change the folder name, of course.​

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I was trying to delete some files that had been copied from the C drive of my Lenovo Flex 2-14 running Windows 8, to an external backup drive. I get an error message saying that Filename or extension too long --- can't delete. I've tried to open those copied files too, but get the same error message.
Has anyone come across this?
Any solutions you can suggest?

A:Filename or extension too long --- can't delete

Can you rename the files to something shorter and then delete? Are the files located in subdirectories? Move them to the root of the drive and then try a delete. 
If the above does not work then download and run File Assassin.

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i am newbie who just learnt registry editing ..
i found a post regarding deleting system folder left in my computer (by sony ericsson pcsuite)

i followed the procedure,
but folder is still remaining.. earlier it showing name as sony ericsson file manager but now it showing only system folder..

if anyone clicks it by mistake.. it crashes my system...
plz help....

A:delete system folder left by sony ericsson pcsuite

Does this work
Download Unlocker 1.8.9 -


This great tutorial about deleting folders

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Unable to delete a folder due to long path,

I wanted to delete the attached file but I got the ?long path? error (attached).

How the folder can be deleted anyway?

Thank you



A:Unable to delete a folder due to long path,

One of those things you perhaps need to be sat in front of to play with...

Have you tried dragging the folder elsewhere, say to documents and deleting from there ?

Is it in a separate HDD ? if so have you tried using the HDD on another PC and deleting from there.

And totally crazy suggestion... browse for the folder by using the "insert image" option on this forum (as if you were attaching a picture). When the forum window opens and you have the folder showing can you right click and delete it from there.

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I've decided to create a new account for myself as the other one was getting cluttered and i wanted to start from fresh. I've now created the new account and attempt to delete the old one. I click on delete and it just dosn't respond again.

How long should it be taking it to delete a profile on XP. I've been using this profile for several months.

A:Takes a long time to delete an account

It was just taking ages to work. This can be closed now as solved.

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I have an external hard drive that has many folders with hexadecimal names. I have no idea what they're for, but they're becoming rather unsightly and a little unwieldy when I want to access the drive.

I've included a screenshot of a partial view of Windows Explorer in the root directory of my external hard drive. The first six only report around 450 KB in usage.

What are these directories and are they safe (or is it possible) to remove them?

I didn't know how to search for this, so if a basic guide exists for this already, all I request is a link to that guide.


A:Want to delete folders with long hexadecimal names

This might help you understand what they are. (colors)

Web colors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I'm on Windows 7. I know that I had Virtual Box on my pc in the past. I don't see it in Add/Remove Programs, probably because I already removed it. But my C drive is filling up and SpaceSniffer shows that I have a folder named .VirtualBox which is 13.4 GB. How can I remove this to make space on my drive?

A:Remove Virtual Box Files, Files Left Behind?

If they're VDI files, delete them.

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I'm on Windows 7. I know that I had Virtual Box on my pc in the past. I don't see it in Add/Remove Programs, probably because I already removed it. But my C drive is filling up and SpaceSniffer shows that I have a folder named .VirtualBox which is 13.4 GB. How can I remove this to make space on my drive?

A:Remove Virtual Box Files, Files Left Behind?

If you don't want it or use it anymore, you can just delete the .virtualbox folder if you wanted. I believe the.virtualbox folder is in the hidden AppData location.

You would have to unhide the folder - Option One here:

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

*Just the hidden folders, files, Drives. No need to unhide the Protected Operating System files option there.
You can set it back to hidden after deleting your .virtualbox folder if you want.

Then go to C:/Users/yourusernamehere/Appdata/Local, and the folder should be in there.

I believe it's in Local folder, not totally positive though. Might be in Roaming. Don't have it installed, so don't remember exactly. Check which appdata folder it's in, and you can delete the whole .virtualbox folder if desired.

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A few months ago my wife bought an external hard rive for her PC to store her vast array of music. thinking it would be the easiest way, she dragged and dropped her library onto the external hardrive and apparently that is no where near the correct procedures to move an Itunes library b/c of pathways and the way Itunes is set up. After this occurred she attempted to fix it herself and somehow someway ended creating about 20 tiered subfolders labeled music in her PICTURES folder, with the original itunes library at the bottom. Fastforward to me trying to fix this, and I get the same error every time I try to move,delete,or rename the itunes folder "destination folder pathway is too long, cannot move/delete". I looked online and found the "purgeie" program and from what I understand from reading the instructions/limitations it can't help me. I thought checking in with you guys would be the first step b/f I seek professional help. Thanks, let me know what you need to start assessing this highly annoying problem.

A:Cannot delete,rename folders. File path too long.

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.I seen a few programs out there that seem to claim to do the dirty work of deteting files or folders with long file names or file paths.Those programs for the most part are either trials that don't work unless you pay for the program and then whose to say they will work.Of course the recommended procedure would be to try and delete the file by its short name, which is how it is often viewed from MS-DOS.It can also be viewed by booting to any boot disk and going to the root directory of C: and following the paths by typing cd or the dir command.The del command is for deleting a file of folder.For example if you can get to the root directory of C: and type dir it will give you a list of files and folder on drive C:Here is an example of deleting the windows folder from drive C: (please do not do this, this is only an example)del C:\ WindowsSome folders have longer file names and will be shortend to 8 charicters.Here are some useful MS-DOS commands.*.* =Wildcarddel =deletecd =change directoryattrib *.* -r -h -s =makes most read only, hidden or system files or mkdir =makes a new directorydir or dir /p = lists what is in a directory the /p pauses once the screen is full and allows slower manual scrolling of larger directories.copy =allows copying of named file/folder to another location.rmdir or rd =remove directory (example rmdir C: Windows) If this command was used, it would remove the folder called windows.rename or ren =... Read more

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Hi everyone. I'm working on someone else's computer. He couldn't tell me what caused this, so I'm flying blind a little bit. Here's what I know: He has a folder on his desktop called "college". That folder drills down a TON of layers, many of them called Documents or College, and finally terminates in a folder with two PRPROJ files (Adobe Premiere) with icons that just look like Windows folders. Here's the path:C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Desktop\College\DOCUME~1\cx\DOCUME~1\College\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\College\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\College\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\College\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\DOCUME~1\11\PREMIE~1\4.0\Encoded Files
​The user created the folders to hide downloaded content from his parents back when he was in high school. He was able to delete the other folders and files in this directory with no problems. It's just this one, which I think begins at \11\, but may begin as early as \cx\ or as late as \4.0\. I'm not sure because it's been a couple of years since this all started. Also, odd to me, when I drag the folder into CMD, Encoded Files is spelled all the way out. It should be \ENCODE~1.

The two PRPROJ files are Untitled1 and Untitled2. I believe at the folder called 11 is where some sort of corruption takes place. I'm not able to delete anything inside that folder. There are two folders in \4.0\, one called \Adobe Premiere Pro Preview Files\ that will not open (... Read more

A:Solved: Self-replicating folder, cannot delete because the filename is too long

Note: Where I pasted the path at the top of this post, "Encoded Files" didn't have a space in it. The folder doesn't have a space. But once I hit "Submit" the forum post seems to think there was a space. On my screen it looks like "Enco ded files". Not sure if you're seeing that or not. It was pasted directly from Windows address bar, and the space was not there.

Also, I should say he's on Win7 now, but was on Vista when this started.

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Hi everyone, I am currently trying to clean up my hard drive and I have a folder that I would like to delete, it consists of a series of subfolders and in total there are 2,570 files in 440 folders. It is a series of audio files that I have created and collated over the years for music making, but I have now burnt it to DVD so want to free up disk space.

However, when I try and delete the folder, I keep getting errors saying that certain files won't delete as they have either an invalid filename or are too long - and this is causing a headache! I just want to delete the entire contents of the folder, and each time I rename a file with this problem, another one crops up!

Any ideas on how I can remove this folder and all of its contents in one fell swoop would be much appreciated - thanks for reading!

A:Solved: Cannot delete file - filename not valid or too long - please help!

This might work >

Here is a way to delete any file in XP
Go to Start>>Run>>cmd
Type in the path where the file is located (eg. "cd c:\temp" ), don&#8217;t close this window
Press ctrl + alt + del
In processes panel close "Explorer.exe" (you would see that taskbar disappears), dont close the window
In the command screen delete the file ( del filename )
In the task manager click File >> New task >> Explorer.exe
Taskbar reappears and the file deletes.

Hope this helps ( it's a nice little trick in XP )

It may still be a problem though:
The maximum file path for XP is 231 characters and any file with file path longer than that will cause many problems. Then I've heard it's more like 260 characters?

With these large files are you sure your recycle bin doesn't need repaired?
Is it looking empty when you open it - but showing full when you float over it?

If that doesn't work that folder may be too deep - and here's a great micro soft article with some other ideas that seem alittle tricky at 1st - but are actually quite cool.

Just be careful - if it were me I'd set a restore point before I begin- as I've found some times my personal spell checker is broke? LOL

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Hi, I am running Windows 7 Professional. There is a file I saved on my desktop that I cannot delete either because of incorrect syntax or because the length of the file is too long (maybe both are the problem). I have tried tons of things to get rid of it:
I tried deleting it from the command prompt, I've tried renaming it, relocating it to a new folder so I could delete it with the folder, etc. but nothing seems to work.
I was wondering if anybody has had success with this or knows a way that could help; that would be great. Thanks!
By the way, the path/name of the file is:
C:\Users\Username\Desktop\Fancast | Watch Full TV Shows and Movies | Free Online Streaming | Xfinity TV
Once again, if anybody could help with this I would be so grateful, it's been bothering me for a long time, thanks!

A:Cannot delete html file on desktop because of incorrent syntax, or name is too long?

I've actually already tried everything on that site, and still no luck, haha. But thanks, it's a very stubborn file.

My fast way is to boot with Lunix live cd and try delete the file.ITBM

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HI all, recently I downloaded a software from the internet to my flash drive & I click on it just to check but I think that software had virus or something that uses more memory & makes system slow & the software didn't start at all.So, I deleted it as soon as possible. I didn't realize that all my files in that flash drive were infected but later when I copied all files to my external hard drive for backup I notice that when I get to the place where I stored that flash drive files more memory is used & I can hear my laptop making louder sound that usual. It only happens in that place(in my external hard drive) where I stored those flash drive files. When I don't go to that infected place everything is fine. All of my hard drive files works fine.

So far I've deleted all infected files except one file which doesn't delete at all.
I really wanna know if my hard drive is infected or if that file is once deleted then everything will be fine. As I said only when I get to that place where I stored my flash drive files the system becomes slow & I can hear something(maybe ram & cpu) is running very fast inside making louder noise than usual.....

A:File that doesn't delete,uses more memory & system response takes long

Well; for one thing; you should always; always; make sure to have a anti-virus program installed on your system no matter whether its a external drive or internal drive. I use avg anti virus; but there are a number of others out there as well and you will here differing opinions on which one is better. here is the link to the free anti-virus:

i would download; install, and let it do a thorough and complete system scan so hopefully it will remove all viruses(some may not remove possibly in which case hopefully you have clean versions of those files backed up and can transfer the clean ones to the backup drive). But make sure to let it scan completely.

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Is there a program that i can use, to get rid of left-over files that are left behind from the programs that i've uninstalled...?.?.?

A:How do i get rid of left-over files ?

Hi..Try Easycleaner..
Use Registry and unnecessary files only..

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Hello,my apologies if this was already discussed but I searched the forum and couldn't find anything.

As the title states,on my laptop, vista erased files in my user profile while the 2 other user profiles (my gf's and the guest profiles) were basically left untouched.
I use an HP dv6500 series with Vista Ultimate, 2gb ram,160gb hd and 2.0 ghz if that helps.

For starters, let me tell you what happened.As of late I have been using the Power saver option( so that the screen brightness is dulled so that I can use it in the dark when everyone's asleep) as well as the High performance option when my gf uses it (shes addicted to the sims3 and has pulled me in too ). Normally I have it on the HP recommended option.

A few nights ago I was using my laptop and instead of shutting down I hibernated as I usually do because my gf is usually still logged in. The next morning my gf started up the laptop, and the password screen for my profile came up and she switched users and logged into hers. Then later she hibernated as well, and we left to run some errands with a friend.

When we got back my friend wanted to use the laptop to play online chess(yahoo games to be exact) so I just put in my password to log into my profile so he could play without any issues if he needed to (since my profile is the administrator he wouldnt need me to put in passwords if he had to download or upgrade any software). When I came to check up on him I saw that my wallpaper, the folders on the desktop as we... Read more

A:Vista erased admin user files, other user files left relatively untouched, Help!!!!!!

I don't know what, how, when or why, what I do know is while your still able you need to make another admin account.
that way (not if ) but when it happens again, it may be worse & you won't be able to do anything without admin privileges...

good luck

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Did clean install on second drive and today noticed a bunch of CAB files on my C drive which I believe were put there from the expanding file install process. File with names and dates like AUG2006x64. cab etc etc

SPace not a problem but can I safely delete the files?


A:Files left after install

Quote: Originally Posted by Bray

Did clean install on second drive and today noticed a bunch of CAB files on my C drive which I believe were put there from the expanding file install process. File with names and dates like AUG2006x64. cab etc etc

SPace not a problem but can I safely delete the files?


Normally the installer cleans up after itself as one of the last steps, so you shouldn't have a lot of junk left over.

Do a disk cleanup and see if that gets rid of them - one of the categories is temporary files.

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I have removed Acronis software from my computer, but I see a lot of Acronis files still left over.
How can I search and remove all of them at one time?

A:Remove left over files


No personal experience with Acronis, but it looks as if they have a cleanup utility:

There's also RevoUninstaller and similar utilities.
And/or manual removal of Program Files and Program Data folders and other leftovers, using Windows search.

>>Always a good idea to create a system restore point before doing anything too aggressive.

Or, just leaving them be if they are causing no problems?


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Hello everyone,
haven't posted in a while and I hope you's are all doing well today.

I have a cleanout software and hardware wise once a fortnight, I tend to uninstall any programs that I haven't used for a while or don't longer need however I am sure there are files that are left behind from installations,
I am wondering if there is a program (paid or free) out there that will find all the left behind files from all installations,
I had a program (Revo Uninstaller I think) that when you uninstall a program through Revo you get an option to remove all of the left over files.

However I haven't used it in a while and I have already uninstalled a fair few programs,
is there a program that will find the files that are no longer needed and I can delete them?

Thanks for the help

A:uninstall left over files

Revo Uninstaller Pro can removed leftover files, click on the "Traced Programs" and type the name for the programs you uninstalled and it will scan for leftover files and registry entries and you can delete them. I would recommend you to uninstall programs from Revo directly next time.

Note: You will only see "Traced Programs" in the Pro versions.

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I have been baffled by what XP has shown me lately.

I have selected all the options I can find that would allow me to see all hidden/system files on the HDD with explorer. I have set the Internet Explorer 7 (7.0.5730.11) options to delete all temp files, including offline content, and even gone into tools and selected Delete All. So my expectations were that once leaving IE, the temp files would be gone. However I did find, and delete files in the Temporary Internet Files directory, as well as files I felt were connected with History. (Even though IE should have rid the HDD of them)

I then ran defrag, and low and behold, some of the files that defrag was now "moving", were (I thought deleted) but obviously, still on the HDD. I stopped defrag, and searched for the filename that defrag reported. There were several files, and one of the files was "DC-11030[1].jpg". Search came up with NOTHING. There seemed to be no way to find or delete this file, and I suspect many, many others.

I do know that the above, named file was one I downloaded from a friend's site. Right clicked on it, "save target as", and saved the file on a USB drive. The file is correctly on the USB drive, but for some reason XP added the "[1]", and it appears to be on the HDD too, (according to defrag's reporting).

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A:Hidden Files Left On The Hdd

Good information regarding this issue.

re: Hidden files on the HDD - xp
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 1:12 pm
Windows XP Annoyances Discussion Forum
Posted by Steve (17264 messages posted)

Probably just stuff that gets stuck in the Page file. It will eventually get overwritten. As a test turn off the Page File and System Restore, and reboot. Then run Defrag, and see if the stuff you noticed shows up.


And I used Steve's idea to do the following:

Thanks for your help and suggestions.

By all appearances your description is right on.

I selected "No Page file", rebooted, ran disk cleanup, defrag, and saw no sign of
the file I was sure was gone.

Then to be sure, rebooted, disk cleanup, defrag, set the page file to a ridiculously
small size (40-60mb), reboot. Ran cleanup, defrag, and again there was no sign of
the assumed deleted file.

Page size is back to a reasonable size, and it appears that all is well.

Thanks again

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i've been relying on going to "internet options","general" and "delete" then ticking all the boxes on that page..i found out that by doing this,my temporary internet file swere NOT being this a vista problem? my pc came to a complete sludge of a slow down today and i found that my internet files folder had files going back a year that hadn't been deleted as i've been relying on ticking those boxes..i had tons and tons of and tons of files.i'm wondering if this is the norm and also is it possible that other files are not being deleted when using that method? if so,then i probably have folders that are totally loaded with trash.

A:Solved: Had to delete temp internet files by "view files" ,"select all" ,"delete"

Have you ever unticked Preserve Favorites website data?

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I uninstalled Open, and many files are left behind. They end in\user\registry\cache. Are these safe to delete?
thanks for your help on this.

A:Solved: Removing files left behind

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Could somebody give some advice with reinstallig Vista please:

I have had random freeze-ups with my Dell Studio Desktop for a couple of months now (10 month old computer). Dell support advised a hardware check which showed no problems. I had run virus checks etc.

Dell advised using their D drive recovery option. I reverted the computer to its original state but it kept crashing randomly

I then found out from Dell that using their Recovery partition is not the same as reinstalling windows vista - I don't understand this as I thought that the recovery takes it back to its original windows state?

I was then advised to do a clean install from the Vista disc, to over right all files, which I carried out without too many problems (driver update issues finally resolved)

My question: I re-installed Vista by putting the disk in and running the installation from that rather than booting to the disk. I found that the recycle bin had some of files from my former installation. Does this mean that I have other old files not overwritten (registry)?

I needed to clear any offending conflicts that may of been causing the freeze ups... does it make any difference how the clean install is made - either from windows or by booting from the disk?


A:Has reinstalling Vista32 left old files?

Hi hemmick reef and welcome to Vista Forums

A recovery partition, such as that supplied on many systems such as yours, will return the system to its factory condition. This includes the bloatware which many vendors install. I would suspect that it is one of these bloatware items that is giving you the problems.

Reinstalling from a Vista disk will eliminate those problems. However, there are 2 ways to install. The first, which is usually called an in-place upgrade install, upgrades your current installation and maintains your existing OS, placing it into a directory so that you can access files from it. This is done by running the installation from within Windows. The other method, a true clean-install, is run by booting up from the Vista DVD itself. If you have the upgrade version, you can use the well-documented trick to clean install.

For more information, see the following Tutorials:
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
Clean Install From Upgrade Vista

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I have just looked in my Programs Files folder, and found Folders containing files that I have uninstalled (Netscape and Real and the like). Even though I ran the uninstaller that came with the software it has removed all files. Is there some software that will remove all files leaft after an uninstall?

A:Remove files left after an uninstall

You could check out the freeware Revo, which can clear up leftovers.Depends if it identifies anything, following your automated uninstalls.

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When I start up whether in SAFE Mode or Normal I automatically get the Confirm Delete Message. This applies to programs, icons, photos, documents , folders etc-
I cannot get to any of my work to back it up.
I have tried Stinger -F-Force and [email protected] Removal Tools. Ran a full AVG scan with uptodate anti virus and Adaware Spyware

Sorry forgot to mention other things tried.

The Pop up message does not appear in the Task Manger either as applications or processes. Each time you respongd NO to negate the delete it pops up again.
There is no way I can get to any of my folders or files to burn to a CD as backup without the Confirm Delete message.
Grateful for any help or info as I have searched all possible sites that I know of.


A:Delete Message. trying to delete all my files

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Okay so i was wondering why after i uninstall a program for instance "Yahoo! Mwssenger", after the uninstall is complete if i run a "search" there are all kinds of files left behind. Then if i try and remove them manually some say "cannot read" or "you don't have permission".

I guess what i want to know is, what is the best way to remove a program without leaving any files behind or am i just going to have to live with the left behind files on my pc?

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

Thanks for any help.

A:Solved: Left over files after removing a program
free version on right

BUT when you use it at the end of the uninstall process it will show highlighted registry entries ONLY AND I REPEAT ONLY uninstall/delete them is good and a bit safer

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I want to make it so that I can see the size of multiple files that are selected in the details menu on the left of the window rather than by right clicking and hitting properties.

Is there any way to do this?

It shows me the size of individual files, but not say... 5 of them selected together.

A:Multiple Files? Details in the lower left...

No one has any idea?

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I am very scared. I got hit by viruses by either going to websites today and midnight yesterday. Now i have alerts of viruses, modified files, and icons on desktop of porn. I am officially screwed. Search engines do not work, and mbam isin't working because it cant find anything on safe mode and it requires Windows Installation, and when it does i cancel it a lot until mbam.exe comes up. HELP!Also, mbam.exe was created and modified when the virus hit, along with other anti-viruses and many other programs/files/etc.Maybe I should reformat the whole thing?Looking on the internet i think i have a vundo and it is using winlogin.exe to do stuff.end processes VRT2 and VRT3, VRT 6 and another one i couldn't remember.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:46:48 AM, on 10/19/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: Safe mode with network supportRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\TEMP\VRT3.tmpC:\WINDOWS\TEMP\VRT4.tmpC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS�... Read more

A:Files being modified left to right!!! VIRUS! lastgood.tmp?

Didn't find the edit button. When I connected to the net with the infected computer, I checked the processes to see VRT6 (random VRT#). I dled DDS and now I went to the desktop to see if the logs were saved there and found again porn icons on the desktop.
DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Run by MyMobile02 at 20:00:20.29 on Thu 10/29/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702

============== Running Processes ===============
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

uURLSearchHooks: Yahoo! Toolbar: {ef99bd32-c1fb-11d2-892f-0090271d4f88} - c:\program files\yahoo!\companion\installs\cpn\yt.dll
mWinlogon: Userinit=c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe,c:\windows\system32\drivers\smss.exe
BHO: &Yahoo! Toolbar Helper: {02478d38-c3f9-4efb-9b51-7695eca05670} - c:\program files\yahoo!\companion\installs\cpn\yt.dll
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
BHO: BitComet Helper: {39f7e362-828a-4b5a-bcaf-5b79bfdfea60} - c:\program files\bitcomet\tools\BitCometBHO_1.3.7.16.dll
BHO: SpywareGuardDLBLOCK.CBrowserHelper: {4a368e80-174f-4872-96b5-0b27ddd11db2} - c:\program files\spywareguard\dlprotect.dll
BHO: {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - No File
BHO: Windows Live ID Sign-in Helper: {9030d464-4c0... Read more

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Referred from here: ~ OBONEI have a Windows XP system.I started getting these pop-ups about 14 weeks ago:1 'XP Deluxe ProtectorFull PC Scan. . . . Warning XP Deluxe has found 24 useless and UNWANTED files on your computerActivate Now'2 'Firewall WarningHidden file transfer to remote host was detectedBlocking is recommended'3 'Trojan detectedA piece of malicious code wasfound in your system. It can replicate itself if no action is taken. Click here to have your system cleaned by XP Deluxe Protector'4 'Update available.XP Deluxe Protector has detected that a new threat database is available.'5 There was also a phoney Windows security alert'Click here to get your XP Deluxe Protector licence.'The Bleeping Computer Forum 'Am I infected? What can I do?' HAS REMOVED these but has advised me to come on this site to remove the C.EXE and DEFENDER.EXE files.TWO I cannot get connected to the internet on the infected computer, so I am sending this to you from another computer.THREEMuch earlier in the year I had a problem with an unwanted file BG SVCGEN.EXE, which appeared in none of my program lists. My computer was passed as clean but this programme was not uninstalled. Could this be the root of the problem? FOURHere is the DSS log:DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Andy at 18:27:52.03 on 28/08/2009Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.44.... Read more

A:C.EXE and DEFENDER.EXE files left by XP Deluxe Protector

Hello and to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.-----------------------------------------------------------We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, ... Read more

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win7 32bit ram:4 gb hdd:9xx gb left

files on desktop are missing, only shortcuts left
also, there exists some shortcuts of folders ,which should not exists in win7 but other os, like window xp,and invaild.
I suspect there should be virus /trojan
I have tried folderfix, Kavo Killer
And those solution online are focus on usb drive and falsh cards but not C drive

Would anyone may help me? Thank you very much!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 17:01:10, on 5/7/2011
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16800)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\360\360sd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\PPLiveNetwork\PPAP.exe
C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVBg.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CCC.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
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A:files on desktop are missing, only shortcuts left

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will ap... Read more

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lost my original copy of windows and over writ with two more copies and i am unable to delete over written copies

A:memory is full but there is no programs or files left to del

As you've been told, memory & hard drive capacity are two completely different things. Your problem has absolutely nothing to do with memory."hi its a dell inspiron 1520"OK, we now know you're asking about a laptop rather than a desktop. From what I can dig up, it probably has a 120GB HDD with at least 2 partitions, C: for Windows (approx 100GB) & D: for Recovery (approx 10GB).You really mucked things up by installing Vista to the D-drive. I won't even ask why you did that. You have no choice but to install it again, this time to the C-drive. You will lose everything so hopefully you have backup copies of any important data.Follow these instructions: http://vistahomebasic.windowsreinst...

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I left my desk top computer with Windows XP in the hands of my brother for a couple of days and now I find it infected upon returning to it this morning. He told me windows malicious software tool claimed there to be a malware infection with (all he remembers) a .fya ending and asked him to quaranteen the file. He did so and it said it removed the file and two processes. I did not see these messages myself, but assume what he says is true.

I'm a bit of a computer illiterate and could really use some help since it would appear I cannot open any programs for help (I'm on a netbook) and items have been removed in my system32 folder (if I try to open security center, for example, I can a pop up message saying c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe application not found).

I have AVG and Malwarebytes but cannot access either of the programs. Nor can I access system restore or any other exe files. Every time I try, I get a message asking me what program I would like to use to open the program I'm trying to run. Now, if I try to open firefox, and it prompts me to find out what program I'd like to use to open it and I choose firefox, it opens the following pop up message "You have chosen to open firefox.exe which is a: application from C:\Program Files\Mozilla firefox Would you like to save this file?

I did look through my processes and saw nothing obviously malicious to my eyes, but there may be something there. Unfortunately, ... Read more

A:Trojan damage left exe files inoperative

Hello, lets try these. EXE HELPERPlease download exeHelper to your desktop.Double-click on to run the fix.A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.Post the contents of exehelperlog.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran, and should open at the end of the scan)Note: If the window shows a message that says "Error deleting file", please re-run the program before posting a log - and post the two logs together (they will both be in the one file).Reboot into Safe Mode with Networking How to enter safe mode(XP/Vista)Using the F8 MethodRestart your computer. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu. Select the option for Safe Mode with Networking using the arrow keys. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode. >>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.RKill....Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4

Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as ... Read more

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I found a load of files in C:I386 mostly .dll. I assume from the driver for the printer. eg. hpf880al.dll
I found these (among others which probably need to be there)listed in the Startup Programs while checking System Information.
I'm thinking this may be causing my slow start-ups.
Can I just delete these from the registry
I no longer have the printer hooked up.

I'm running XPSP3 on a Dell2400 2.4GHz 1.25GB Ram

Thanks John

A:Solved: HP printer files left behind after uninstall


Look in Add / Remove Programs. If any reference to the printers appears you can use Revo.

I use Revo Uninstaller as it removes all traces of software left behind by the built-in uninstallers and will run eevn if the built-in uninstaller fails.

It sets a Restore Point first, is completely safe and I've used it hundreds of times on both mine and customer's PCs and Laptops.

Download it from

Open Revo, right click the program you wish to uninstall and choose ADVANCED method.

As regards manually editing the Registry exercise Caution and make a Backup first. Try running CCleaner



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I used an Android Emulator called Jar of Beans. I saw that it had put an option in the notification tray settings for me to show icon and notifications etc. I didn't want the program to do that, so I deleted it. The problem is that the program doesn't have an uninstaller. It doesn't show up in the uninstall a program area in Control Panel. It still shows up in the tray option as shown below. What should I do?

A:Left over Program Files or Registry Entries?

Take a look at this: Notification Area Icons - Reset It should help.

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So my son shows me that his Asus EEpc 1005ha netbook will go thru a POST ok, it see's the hard drive and all the hardware installed,  but gets a message to define the boot device and try again. Went thru the CMOS setup to check all the configs and double check the hard drive config is correct so that winXP will recognize the HD upon booting up. Fearing that the HD was toast I remove it and connect it to a USB SATA adapter to see if anything is still on HD.
Accessing the HD is fine but for some reason the entire directory for Windows is gone.. not hidden.. gone. Well that explains the failure to start XP. Funny things left behind are:
Recycle Bin
A folder with his data in it (equal to My Documents)
Program Files
System Volume Info
And that's it or so I thought..  I check in his data folder and I see a bunch of Doc's he created in the DOCX format. Most if not all of the files have the correct names and dates for last modified but the file sizes are wrong because they are either 1K or 11K in size, a few larger but all corrupted that Word 2007 will not open or recover them. Opened the files with WordPad and it looks like all the contents have been written over in code or unintelligible characters. I was able to use Recuva to get some of the files that were not over written but a good portion of his DOCX files are just corrupted with garbage/code...
Has anyone seen anything like this before in a virus/malware software? Doesn... Read more

A:Something deleted XP OS files in it's entirety but left some data?

Hello ... can you run these?Note DO NOT run a registry cleaner.Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here....ADW CleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Vista/... Read more

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Great site!
Looked around at different threads but can't seem to find anything on this.
After moving games off of a HDD to a new HDD. there are scattered spaces left (300 GB). I've defragged with Ultra-defrag. No fragmentation. Is it ok to leave all these spaces or will the drive like it better if the files (mostly games) are all packed together? If so, how can I do this? it's my D: drive. Not C: (which contains the OS).
Thanks in advance,

Windows 7 premium 64
C: 120GB Samsung EVO
i5 4670 3.4 ghz
GTX 970
8 gb ram

A:Can the spaces left on a HDD after moving files be filled?

You can try Puran Defrag, it has a boot time defrag option, and optimization.
Puran Defrag - Automatically Defrag your Hard Disk Drives
See if it makes a difference.

Here is a review:
Puran Defrag Review (v7.7)

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Shocked to see my c drive already filled without even having much files stored in installed windir to find out which files occupied these spaces and found out

CBS 103.6 GB..
LOGS 103.6GB...

what these files are? can i delete this?

Pls see the picture attached.


A:Not much files in C drive but it shows only few Gb storage left!!

First let take a different look at things. I have no idea how well SpaceSniffer works.
103 gb of CBS log is a huge, very huge amount.

Complete the tutorial by Golden.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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McAfee is showing up in my hijack log even though I uninstalled the program.
I went into search and these files came up. I need to know if it is safe to delete them.

Name........................In Folder
McAfee.....................C:\Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data
McAfee.....................C:\Documents & Settings\(Myname)\Application Data
McAfee.....................C: \Program Files\Dell

McAfee Virtual...........C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files
Technician Control Class

Thank you for helping me.

A:Solved: Left over McAfee files and active X

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here's the story:
I successfully burned a couple dvd's on my computer and then wanted to delete the movie files because they are too big to keep around. So, I deleted the files, drive now has 600 mb of space left- it's acting as if I didn't delete those files. I had 10 Gigs available before the movie burning process. I'm running Windows 2000 and I was saving the movie files on my F: drive which has 37 gigs (had 10G available). I've done a search on my computer for big files, but have come up with nothing significant. Anyone have any ideas?

Thank you.

A:i've deleted the movie files, but now have no space left! help!

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Hi, My computer was infected with the Virtumonde virus until I used Vundofix which found some files then had to use VirtumundoBeGone to clear the rest since I still got pop ups. It's been a day so far after using those programs and nothing comes up on adaware or Spy Bot except for cookies from places like, fastclick and along with 3 files in the registry Spy Bot refers to as Virtumonde. I used Uniblue's RegistryBooster 2 to clean up but those 3 reg files are still there. It did clean up after the WebBuyingAssistant files though. The computer's working great so far but I would like to make sure I got everything of the virus out. Here's the HijackThis list:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 6:55:49 PM, on 8/7/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files&#... Read more

A:Virtumonde Fixed But Left Registry Files

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum Josh98 My name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.Download Combofix and save to your desktop:Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop Close any open browsers. Double click on combofix.exe and follow the prompts. When it's finished it will produce a log. Post the entire contents of C:\ComboFix.txt into your next reply. Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause the program to freeze/hang. Do NOT post the ComboFix-quarantined-files.txt unless I ask.Also post a new Hijackthis log.

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I am new to burning pictures from my computer to a cd. After successfully burning 2 cd's, on the 3rd attempt, the message exceeds set limit came up. I think I should click delete temporary files, but if I do will the pictures in this file be lost or will they go back to their original location so I can start over with the acceptable limit?

A:Are files lost when I choose delete temporary files before burning cd

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
How exactly are you adding these images to cd ?
The usual operation is copy and paste or select all of the images and click on burn and choose your burn type data or dvd,
Another option is to use a third party burning utility,

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Motherboard has VM800 on it

ive tried another psu

post test (with just the cpu, ram, mobo)

tried looking up some bios beep codes but cant seem to see anything anywhere
for long long long long long beep codes, just repeating hmm wondering if anyone

tried clearing cmos also and other jumpers........

A:Bios Beep Codes anyone know what long long long is?

heres a site with codes

the award bios seems to have this continous and reports a memory error

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Hi! I am wondering: How long does it takes for my files to be ovwerwritten? ,

how much time do i have to recover them,

is there a limit on how much MB, GB i can delete for example :
I fill 100MB of ''trash''
and it only allow 100MB
so when i am deleting a 1MB (again) ,the file replace the first part of 100MB with the newly deleted 1MB
so i have 99 MB left ?!

old files (deleted) new files(deleted)
Jay's.jpeg Jay' [replaced Jay's,jpeg]]
jay's.txt Jay's.txt [same as: old file]
jays.folders Jay's.folders [same as: old file]
etc.... etc....

just curious

Thank you! :wave:

A:How long for files to be overwritten?

First, make sure that when you are done, you will have 20 percent of the hard drive in free space. Do not crowd those files.
Do not count on everything working as you assume, when you overwrite. Some files will not allow over-writing... and you will not know because the system will not tell you.

With anything valuable, it is important to copy to a third source... DVD disk, external hard drive, etc... before you clean up the drive and try to attempt to perform the overwriting.

Overwriting normal files such as spreadsheets, word processing and such are easily done, but images and adobe files are a different matter.

Care and planning takes precedence over efficience... and be sure you have a lot of reserve free space.

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I'm using Windows XP (with SP2) and I've got a few files on my computer that I can't do anything with because the filenames are too long. If I double click them, they don't open and if I right click I get a different menu with only six menu items. If I select open from the list, I get an error saying there was a problem with the file. I can't rename or copy the files.

Please could someone tell me how to get these files to work?


A:Files With Long Names

Rename them. Example: 1234567890abcdefg.txt, change to 1.txtIf the Directory is creating the long name transfer the file to the C:\ directory.To change the name of a file or folder

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