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Wasted Space

by DerfX / March 20, 2011 8:31 PM PDT

Another little pet peeve of mine is wasted space. Not that it matters when you have a 500GB drive on a laptop but I have all these folders in my root of the system drive that I'm not sure even need to be there.

I learned a long time ago not to delete stuff arbitrarily but I would like to know just how important these folders are. They all have these very cryptic names which look like long hexadecimal numbers. I am going to try and provide a link to a pic of them here --> http://www.flickr.com/photos/59976690@N03/5545901727/ <--

I would like to zap them but I was hoping someone here knew a little more about them first. Any ideas?

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Those folders.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 20, 2011 9:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Wasted Space

I looked at the image but can you confirm these folders are on the Root Directory? EG on the C:\ drive, and not in any other folders?

If so, they are certainly strange. Anything inside them?

Are they 'hidden system' folders? If you go to the Control Panel, then Folder Options and the View tab, have you unchecked the option to "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)"?

If that option is still checked then I would say they are not Windows folders at all, (not placed there by Microsoft).

Have they always been there?

Mark

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Re: strange folders
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 20, 2011 9:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Wasted Space

Such happens sometimes. Most likely they are a remnant of some Windows or Microsoft Update.

Just rename them. If nothing goes wrong for 2 weeks delete them to the recycle bin. If still nothing goes wrong 2 weeks later again, it's safe to delete them from the recycle bin also.

Kees

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That's what I was Thinking
by DerfX / March 21, 2011 8:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: strange folders

They are definitely in the root, (C:\) and they do have interesting contents. Two of them had that little "lock" icon next to them and I couldn't open any of them until I opened Explorer with Admin privs. I thought I remembered seeing a couple folders inside, the pair of folders you usually see together in an installation folder with one folder named something like x386 and the other one maybe something to do with MAC.

But as i look now, all of them have that same single file in them called "MRT.exe"

I think I had to take "ownership" of the two locked ones to open them but now I can't remember which one had those other files.

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MRT.exe
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 21, 2011 10:16 PM PDT

MRT.exe is Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool and as I understand an updated version is downloaded and run during Windows Update installation at unspecified periods.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/891716

I'm not sure about renaming these folders as, if you had to 're-name' them back, you would struggle with those long folder names. But moving them to the Recycle Bin and leaving them there for a few weeks seems a good idea.

Mark

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I wonder why MS leaves them there
by DerfX / March 22, 2011 7:22 PM PDT
In reply to: MRT.exe

I am using "Auto-Update" so I should be getting a new MS Malicious software tool each time they send it out. I assume it runs as soon as it's downloaded. Or does it need to be there to keep an eye on things?

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I don't think it expires
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 22, 2011 11:03 PM PDT

because I have read somewhere, (can't recall where), that we can use the Malicious Software utility manually if we wanted to. But it does get updated/replaced by future Windows updates.

Like Kees says, this happens sometimes and these folders get placed in the wrong directory. Try moving them to the Recycle Bin and see if the computer blows up!

Oops! I mean, see if moving them makes no difference, Devil

Mark

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Possible Deleltes
by DerfX / March 23, 2011 6:02 PM PDT

A long time ago, I created a folder in the root directory called, "Possible Deletes". I figured nothing would look there so i could stick stuff in there without having to rename it. Then, if something went awry, I could just move it back. So I'll try that. It's just seemed weird that they put administor rights only on some of those folders and not all of them.

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