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Remove Viruses from XP Pro "System Volume Information" folder

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by shaelesand, Sep 22, 2003.

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  1. shaelesand

    shaelesand Thread Starter

    Sep 27, 2002
    I have a SIMPLE and easy way to remove viruses from system restore without losing all your restore points.

    In command prompt type:

    cacls "c:\system volume information" /e /g "username":F

    (username = your user name eg. Administrator)

    it will say 'processed dir.....'

    run the virus scanner again to remove the virus.

    I do this in safe mode, in the administrator account so that my standard account can't access the system restore and screw something up.

  2. Bryan


    Jul 3, 1999
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    That's a good suggestion for users running Windows XP Pro. Basically that command is granting authority to the "System Volume Information" folder to the user you specify on the command to get around the "Access Denied ...." error.

    The other way to accomplish it is to disable "Simple File Sharing" under the Folder Options. Then right click on the "System Volume Information .." folder and select Properties. Then click on the "Security" which appears since you disabled "Simple File Sharing". At that point you can grant the user authority to the folder.

    Anyway, thanks for the shortcut. It will come in handy in the future.
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