I have read several forums in which users recommend various programs to delete these stubborn files. Among them, I have used the following programs:
1. HijackThis>Misc. Tools>System Tools>Delete a file on reboot
2. MBAM>More Tools>FileAssassin
3. Safe Mode>Delete
4. But the one that I have found to be most effective, because it allows the deletion of files and folders, is Unlocker.
However, there are at least 3 "programs" in C:\Program Files that have been terrorizing me for some time. I am able to unlock the process, in these three cases...Winlogon...and then delete the folders/subfolders. However, when I reboot my computer, these folders re-appear in Program Files. I put the term "programs" in quotes earlier b/c they aren't actually programs or files of any sort...just folders and subfolders with 0 bytes of data. (It is also, at least to me, somewhat strange that all three folders as well as their subfolders are in lowercase letters.)
I was wondering if anyone else has come across this problem and, if so, can advise me on how to go about permanently deleting these folders. And before anyone asks...yes I can live with this problem, but I really try to keep my system tidy and know what all of the programs are. Plus, there has to be some educational value in figuring out this issue.
The folders in question (and subfolder(s)), which, again are in C:\Program Files are:
2. msn gaming zone
3. microsoft frontpage>version3.0>bin
I don't use any of these programs, but I did have a camera years ago that used xerox software, and at one point, I did install Microsoft OneNote (which I believe is related to Frontpage). As for msn gaming zone...can't recall.
I have a Dell Precision M6300 Workstation, running Windows XP Pro SP3, fully patched, and free of viruses and other malware.
Thanks for anyone's help, in advance.
Edited by hamluis, 11 December 2010 - 04:22 PM.
Moved from XP to All Other Applications ~ Hamluis.