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Should I Delete These Files?


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#1 treynolds1943

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:05 AM

Mod Edit:  Split from https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/594180/many-suspicious-files-on-my-system-cant-find-info-anywhere - Hamluis.

 

I have the file four (4) times on my C: drive - all the same date and time with author Kevin L. Brown.

 

Date Modified: 3/18/2017  4:58pm   C:\Windows\System32\MSDRM

Date Modified: 3/18/2017  4:58pm  C:\Windows\SysWOW64\MSDRM

Date Modified: 3/18/2017  4:58pm  C:\Windows\WinSxS\wow64_microsoft-windows-r…t…

Date Modified: 3/18/2017  4:58pm  C:\Windows\ WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-r…t…

 

All Size: 13.5KB  Authors: Kevin L. Brown

 

​What is the downside to deleting the files?


Edited by hamluis, 12 September 2017 - 12:16 PM.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:14 AM

Don't delete files and folders stored in Windows folder those files and folders look legit i have a folder named MSDRM as well.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:35 AM

 MSDRM = Microsoft Digital Rights Management

For example there is also msdrm.dll and many other Microsoft system files and folders.

 


Edited by zainmax, 13 September 2017 - 08:36 AM.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:39 AM

Mod Edit:  Split from https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/594180/many-suspicious-files-on-my-system-cant-find-info-anywhere - Hamluis.

 

I have the file four (4) times on my C: drive - all the same date and time with author Kevin L. Brown.

 

Date Modified: 3/18/2017  4:58pm   C:\Windows\System32\MSDRM

Date Modified: 3/18/2017  4:58pm  C:\Windows\SysWOW64\MSDRM

Date Modified: 3/18/2017  4:58pm  C:\Windows\WinSxS\wow64_microsoft-windows-r…t…

Date Modified: 3/18/2017  4:58pm  C:\Windows\ WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-r…t…

 

All Size: 13.5KB  Authors: Kevin L. Brown

 

​What is the downside to deleting the files?

 

Please allow me to correct your question: What's the UPSIDE to deleting those files?



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:49 AM

Windows OS stores all system files and folders at Windows directory deleting any one of these protected system files can cause Windows OS not to function correctly.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:35 AM

As already posted never manually delete files out of the WinSxS folder. Windows 8 and later automatically cleans the folder using Task Scheduler. Let Windows do it's job. In other words if it ain't broke don't fix it.

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/clean-up-the-winsxs-folder






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