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ScanDisk does not delete downloaded program files

by dars3001 / June 27, 2005 2:15 AM PDT

I have Windows XP, Scan-disk utility does not delete the downloaded program files (such as active X, game controls, etc.) Tried HP support, they say is adware or spyware, but have none on my machine. I used Norton anti-virus, Microsoft anti-spyware, and adaware. Really do not feel savvy enough to use hijack-this software app. Is this just a common problem with scan-disk application? Can I safely delete what I recognize and don't intend to use presently? Thank you.

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Disk Cleanup doesn't do that as well.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 27, 2005 2:32 AM PDT

There is an article at and MSDN as well about this. As I read it, I don't see anything broken here. Except "expectations." We have the same issue when people discover:

a. NTBACKUP doesn't such CDR/W or DVDR/W media.
b. XP doesn't understand DISKSPACE diskettes.


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Do you mean the program files left in TEMP files or.....
by tobeach / June 27, 2005 3:57 PM PDT

the main Exes you have or have not in/un-installed? If it is those in the temp files (after you've installed and used a few times) CCleaner will get rid of them and alot more in under 3 seconds. Available (free) at: and descriptive list of items removable at:
By default will only remove those over 48 hours old.
(Unless I've misunderstood the ?? Then..nevermind) Happy

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