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Deleting a write protected file

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Jazzman, Apr 19, 2004.

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  1. Jazzman

    Jazzman Thread Starter

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    I use Windows ME. I have just installed Macafee Virusscan which has found a bug in C;\_RESTORE|ARCHIVE\FS3206.cab. This file is in a write protected area and McAfee cannot clean, delete or quarantine it. How can I remove write protection from this folder so that McAfee can do it's work?
    As a matter of interest what is this data?
     
  2. Lobos

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    that is your systems restore
    you should be able to get rid of it by turning on your systems restore
    rebooting then turning it back on
    heres how to

    Right-click the My Computer icon on the Desktop and click Properties.
    Click the Performance tab.
    Click the File System button.
    Click the Troubleshooting tab.
    Select Disable System Restore.
    Click Apply > Close > Close.
    When prompted to restart, click Yes.

    reboot

    Right-click the My Computer icon on the Desktop and click Properties.
    Click the Performance tab.
    Click the File System button.
    Click the Troubleshooting tab.
    Select enable System Restore.
    Click Apply > Close > Close
     
  3. Lobos

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    oh probably good idea to run another av scan to make sure it is gone
     
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Follow Lobo's advice. I recently worked on a Windows ME computer where a virus was detected in one of the System Restore folders. The antivirus program was unable to get rid of it. I disabled System Restore, rebooted, then re-enabled it. The virus was no longer detected. :D
     
  5. Jazzman

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    Thanks Lobos I took your advice and it worked like a charm. I will probably do this from time to time as a monthly maintanance routine to dump redundant restore files and free up some space.
     
  6. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Just note that when you do this, you will NOT be able to do a System Restore until another checkpoint has been created.

    If you just want to control the size of these files, see link

    It describes Restore and shows how to change the size.
     
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