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Cleaning up partially deleted files


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#1 moveon

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:14 AM

I had found iObit file shredder effective for a long time, but now I'm coming round to those warnings against iObit stuff, as I've found supposedly shredded files coming up in search results (for terms within them, not even the titles). There are 3 files with the same term that come up in the Windows 7 start menu search results, and one of those also comes up in a WIndows Explorer search for the same term, along with a bunch of text from the document. Can't open or delete them,

Going to the old file location, the file isn't there, and if I try to open it, I get the pop up saying this file could not be found. But there's still stuff there (and perhaps from other old files I thought I'd deleted with the file shredder. How can I clean them up?



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:33 AM

Files are only part of the equation that results in a working application/program.  The other half of that equation...are the registry entries.

 

To truly attempt to rid a system of an application, both halves must be addressed.

 

You might try Revo Uninstaller...after reading carefully the directions for using it.

 

Me...I prefer just doing a manual search of files, using a tool like Everything search engine, and then doing a manual search of the registry, using Regedit.

 

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#3 moveon

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:34 AM

These are all Word documents, the files I'm aware of with bits left behind. I only want to clean up the remains of those, not uninstall any programs at the moment.



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:42 AM

I was wondering if perhaps the files were marked as hidden but I doubt it as they are Word files. Check your explorer options and enable hidden files. They may show up in the location the search found. 

 

Edit: Something else you may want to try. Rebuild Windows Search Index


Edited by JohnC_21, 29 July 2017 - 08:46 AM.


#5 moveon

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:45 AM

Yeah, it's already set to show hidden files. (I just checked again.)



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:59 AM

Rebuild the Search Index and see if that helps.



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 09:09 AM

Going to try that, thanks.

Though it does seem as if the files weren't actually gone after all, so the file shredder was pretty worthless. Or is this an illusion of indexing issues?



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:09 AM

It could absolutely be a result of the index not having been updated or corruption in the index of some sort.  You've already clearly found that the file itself isn't there.  I don't use the product you mentioned, but virtually any file "shredder" program I'm aware of not only deletes the files but overwrites the data blocks that were used by said file, so no actual file content should be recoverable.

 

Be aware that deleting and rebuilding the Windows index for Windows Search can be a very time consuming process (as far as the process running goes, not the human steps necessary).


Edited by britechguy, 29 July 2017 - 10:11 AM.

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:56 AM

It worked! Thanks very much.






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