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#1 nightman

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 04:53 AM

Hello,
When I run a computer scan of my HDD it shows up files and programs (including a redundant ,supposedly deleted account)that have been deleted long ago. Is there anyway to remove all trace of these deleted files from the computer HDD ,without having to reformat?
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 06:11 AM

Have a look at this list of freeware, there should be something in there that can do the job:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

Personally, I've used CCleaner for files and Revo uninstaller for programs. If you use Ccleaner, just be careful with it. I would also avoid "registry cleaners".

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 06:26 AM

What scan did you use? Was it a file recovery scan?
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 07:54 AM

Hi nigglenush85,
I was actually doing a virus scan with Kaspersky and I noticed in the list of files , all the files from a redundant account, which I thought had been deleted.
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:45 AM

When you delete a user account if memory serves it asks you if you want to keep the users files. I would imagine this is why they are still there. Do the virus scanners give a location of the files? (maybe in the logs/reports)
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 11:39 AM

The folders in the Documents and Settings folder will normally be retained, even when you delete an account (although option to delete personal/private info may affect this).
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