Folder created by broken update??

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  1. Ludi

    Ludi Member

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    Hi,

    i have a folder which is totally locked, so even as an administrator i cant do anything.(screen 1). inside the folder are some data which apparently belongs to netframework 4 (screen 2).

    i had an error while applying updates(i think so) yesterday (totally system freez, nothing worked anymore). now every update is installed and win7 cant find any new ones. so my question is: should i delete this folder?? or could it some really nasty maleware thingy??

    ohh and why is this folder not on my Win7 main drive (C:).. its on my second HDD (E:)

    thanks a lot.

    screen1. screen2.
     
  2. Pauli

    Pauli Extraordinary Member
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    The fact that it's on a secondary drive could imply it is a baddy, but not necessarily. First thing to do would be to scan your system thoroughly, with the Antivirus you have, and Malwarebytes.

    If your system works well, you could use the safe way and rename the folder, then reboot, and test various programs. If you can't rename it, Unlocker http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/ usually works fine, or Take Ownership http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/.

    Another aspect is to use a restore point, Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Backup and Restore. Take a restore point "day before the problem". But then you need to be careful with what updates you are offered later.

    It may be kinky. The main thing is if your system works - if it does, is there a need to do anything? ;)
     
  3. Ludi

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    thank you i gonna try this..

    i just dont like folders, programs or anything else that just "pop-up" without really knowing where it came from.
     
  4. Josephur

    Josephur Windows Forum Admin
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    I see these pesky left over folders from updates all the time, it picks a drive with ample space and creates it during install but does not always clean up after itself.
    I've found the most sure way to rid yourself of this folder is using a command prompt ran as administrator and issuing the following commands:

    TAKEOWN /F X:\123456abcdefg /R /A
    CACLS X:\123456abcdefg /C /E /T /G Everyone:F
    RMDIR x:\1234567abcdefg /S

    Of course replace my example X:\1234567abcdefg with the directory that you are dealing with.

    Don't try to delete these folders while Windows Update is currently running, you may interrupt an installation of an update! But if your sure Windows Update is not installing updates currently then feel free to nuke these random directories.
     

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