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Why can't I delete / shred files for good?

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#1 clayto


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 01:00 PM

Recently I have found files and folders which I cannot get rid of no matter what I do. As well as delete I have used 4 different shredding/wiping/destroying apps with multiple wiping, including wiping the released disk space ---- many, many times. It seems to work, but after a reboot they are back again. I have tried various things, such as moving offenders to an external USB drive which I then format, thoroughly. The files reappear in the previous location.


Among the problems this causes is the failure of updates to apps / programs. The older version will not go away and even when I launch the updated version what happens is the old version appears, not the new one.


I have spent many hours on this, repeating the deletion / shredding endlessly. It is driving me bananas. I am not referring to the use of spe cial recovery apps like Recuva.  

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 01:25 PM

It sounds like these file are files which may be part of the Windows operating system.  You can't delete these files.  Microsoft has protected these files so that those who don't know what they are doing can't brick the operating system.  You may be able to go through the process of deleting these files, but when you restart the computer the files will reappear.  please post some of these files so we can determine just what they are.

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