Wing Man & Platypus...thanks for your input to my question here! I've worried that I did not explain things correctly...wrong terminology, etc.
I do want to say that the search was done with the asterisks *.gif* and later without the asterisks. Of course I got two different results. Not as many pics showed up in the search with the plain..gif. I searched C drive only. Files and Folders. Also included Hidden Files & Folders. I think the total number of Files found was like 3202. I just now counted the files that are the old deleted pics and there are 35 of them. When I right click on any of them, each one will "Open Containing Folder". And each one has tons of pics and each pic can be Previewed. I have deleted 3,138 pics, give or take a few, thus far. (And sure enough, I did restore a few.) It doesn't look like I have made a dent yet. I so want to just highlight the entire section in the search and delete them all at once but as ya'll mentioned...my "keeper" pics are mixed in with the lot.
The pics are from old emails, internet pics, scans and of course my digital camera. I have come across pics that dated back to 2003!! They were digital camera pics and dated. It's just weird to me that they're still around.
I do have Kodak Easy Share. I always just delete the old pics from my camera after I download them to pc. I also delete the "album" from Kodak collection. I've only used the program for downloading my pics to my pc...not for the "View My Album" thing that people use for sharing their pics with friends/family.
I keep trying to tell every little detail and action that I've taken. (Probably too much so.) I keep worrying that perhaps I've failed to give some little bit of info that would explain things better and ya'll could just say.."Oh you dummy...do..blah blah blah"... and it would be fixed.
Last night on a whim, I did a search for jpeg's and nothing was found. No results at all. This surprised me being as I have jpegs in my keeper pics. Am not questioning it however. I have enough "results" to delete for now....deep sigh.
I am still hoping that when I finally get all of these goofy pics deleted and can delete a lot of music that I've piled up, my ole pc will feel better.
Thank ya'll so much for your ideas and advice...it's nice to know there are people that will take their own time to help out like this. I recognized ya'll's names and also Louis' from my lurking around the site for help in the past. This is the first time that I've "cried out" for help and I appreciate the fast attention...seriously I do.
Ok...am off to continue with Project Massive Delete. Bear in mind...I'm working with only one contact lens on/in. But that's a whole 'nother story...
Thanks again kind sirs!!
Cocking head sideways trying to focus eyes,