Can I delete these folders?

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    hoangtu69

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    I see these folders on my machine Win XP Professional 2002 SP3

    • 446659eb603691dca883047810
    • f24b5e1566ae6f590a9dda
    • f58a142b20e136536d780becb4f3
    • fea7301367798636aa4b1d9cbc650c

    My guess is these directories are temp dirs and were created after Windows updates

    Can I delete them?
     
    hoangtu69, May 18, 2013
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    Elizabeth23

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    where are these folders located?

    if they are in the temp files , then yes you can delete them, if not need to know the folder name and location
     
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    They are right under the C drive as

    c:\446659eb603691dca883047810
    c:\f24b5e1566ae6f590a9dda
    c:\f58a142b20e136536d780becb4f3
    c:\fea7301367798636aa4b1d9cbc650c
     
    hoangtu69, May 19, 2013
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    Elizabeth23

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    I got no hits on these, run the following and post the info requested also:

    1. what is your current antivirus?

    2. Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select All (Ctrl-A), Copy (Ctrl-C) and then paste (Ctrl-V) the information back here in your next reply.
    You can edit out any personal information.

    Download, install, update and do full scan with these free malware detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    Remove all found, reboot, and run again until scans run clean, these can be removed afterwards if you so choose.
     
    Elizabeth23, May 19, 2013
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    1) I use Avast free edition antivirus
    2) My system is clean after running the malware software. It found nothing

    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name ADMIN-746084038
    System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    System Model Latitude D610
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~798 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A03, 3/2/2005
    SMBIOS Version 2.3
    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
    System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
    User Name ADMIN-746084038\student
    Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time
    Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 185.44 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 1.22 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
     
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    Elizabeth23

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    have you opened them?

    I would delete them, reboot and see if everything is working ok, and set a restore point first before deletion.
     
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    Yes, I opened them. They each have a bunch of files under them but I don't know what they are for.

    I'll try to delete them.

    Thanks
     
    hoangtu69, May 20, 2013
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    Elizabeth23

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    if they will not delete in normal mode boot to safe mode. :)
     
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    I can't delete it even in safe mode. It said

    can not delete eula.rtf: Access Denied

    Here are contents of these folders

    2 of them have alot of eula files. I don't know what they are for
    1 contains 3 folders named dotnetfx20, dotnetfx30, dotnetfx35
    1 contains 2 folders amd64 and i389, each one contains a bunch of dll files, gpd files
     
    hoangtu69, May 21, 2013
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    1. the folder that has amd 64 and i386 do not delete, I also have one of those. :)

    2. .dotnet refers to Microsoft .Net framework , there is a folder in c:/windows for Microsoft .Net , do a search for each folder, go to start, search, ensure look in hidden folders is one of the search locations, and look for first the donnetfx20 if there is 2 locations , same size, dates, and versions, then you can delete this folder.

    3. eula stands for End User License Agreement, I do not know why this folder is there,
    you get one of these eula's each time you download something but it is usually in the folder of the program that you downloaded.

    4. Access Denied: right click on folder, choose properties, clear checkbox that says read only, yes for all folders, choose security tab, click add, click advanced, click Find Now, where there is a list of users find your user and highlight it, then click OK, in the next box that opens, give Full Control, apply, ok and now you should not get the access denied.

    5. I have one of these folders, not the rest, and if it were my pc, I would delete the eula folder, and move the dotnet folder to windows/microsoft.net.

    6. the one with amd64 leave there.
     
    Elizabeth23, May 21, 2013
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    In addition to my last reply, can you right click and choose to scan with your avast?

    I do not know why I can not get a hit on any of these, normally when that happens it generally means malware, but except for the eula folders, dot net and the amd are needed.

    the only one I have on my c drive though is the one with amd and i386.
     
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    Avast came back saying everything is fine

    I guess it's okay to leave them there :)

    Thanks
     
    hoangtu69, May 21, 2013
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    you are welcome.
     
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    Thanks
     
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