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How To Kill Useless Folders like: Downloaded Program Files

by Gatta / December 31, 2004 9:54 PM PST

I have quite a number of useless folders (i.e: They
have no files), which I delete and then they re-appear

The folders are:

@ C:\ My Documents (and ofcource: My Pictures)





Downloaded Progarm Files (re-appears, only when
surfing the net)

Of all these, Downloaded Program Files is the real piece of cake. Many doggie sites, install files, cookies and God knows, what else though this folder (or atleast leave a foot-print in this folder)

I have tried deleting the enteries in the Registery
(i.e.: Regedit), with no luck.

I Will appreciate, if someone can recommend a antidote
for these poisons, especially the 'Downloaded Program

I am almost certain that there is an *.EXE file, which
generates these folders (e.g.: at C:\WINDOWS >>


will create some of these folders). I have deleted
this file on my computer.


Frankie-in-Tears (All due to Billie's Bad Boys)

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well, you may not know...
by reefurbb / January 1, 2005 12:03 AM PST

XP recreates them also because they are considered "system folders".
no cookies go into "downloaded program files", which is used for Yahoo stuff, shockwave flash, etc. The others aren't always "useless" also, and don't hurt you to remain there. W98 is skippy enough without doing this kind of stuff, learn more before you do it or we'll hear again from you with problems generated.
W98 won't find the My Documents folder and you'll always have to point to a new place to "save in".
Yes, there are some like "my pics", "my music", "my ebooks" (with Adobe), safe to delete.
Finding "zero byte" files and folders to delete is mostly a waste of time and potential trouble.

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well now
by broke / January 15, 2005 6:05 PM PST

These are, as mentioned, "System" folders so deleting them may indeed cause problems temporarily and the next boot wil re-MKDIR them.

But yeah, sometimes large globs of junk may be left there.

Make a batch file (and/or also add this line to AUTOEXEC.BAT) with the following -

ERASE "C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\*.*"

Note, the quote marks must be included to clue DOS command that a Long-File-Name (more than 8 characters, possibly with embedded spaces or other characters Windows allows but DOS doesn't) is being given. You could figure out the short name (the DIR command will show it - except it won't show "System" or "Hidden" dirs/files without switches -
dir c:*.* /ad /ash /s /p
will list directories in this status. But gets messy, so why bother?

Optionally, do the same for stuff in the "MYxxx" folders, but be careful, what you delete you will often later find you wanted, like pictures.

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How To Kill Useless Folders
by Gatta / January 21, 2005 10:28 PM PST
In reply to: well now

Thanks for the tips

Deleting useless files or folders with a batch file
(AutoExec.Bat or any other custom created) is hardly
a problem with me. I have been using such files for
over 10 years.

The Downloaded Program Files (DOS name: Downlo~1) is
a real monkey. I can delete the files, but can not delete enteries made by the spywares, hijackwares etc.
in the registry. In addition these junkwares, sometimes create files in Windows\System sub-folder
(for exanple: Shockware). So, a better way is
needed to Billy's Babies.


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do you know regedit?
by reefurbb / January 22, 2005 12:15 PM PST

If I know the spyware name, sometimes 3 variations of them, I can search registry and delete the entries.
Yes, a lot is hidden in Clisd entries, but oh well.
Spysweeper, 1 shot free, then $$, finds traces of spies. It found 15 spyware and 42 traces.

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