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Removing the RECYCLER\NPROTECT folder

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Alex Ethridge, Jan 28, 2007.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    Using Windows XP Pro.

    I'm putting this in the Windows forum because no Symantec product has been installed on this system since the Windows, Program Files and Documents and Settings folders were deleted and Windows was installed fresh and clean.

    All that is currently installed is Windows XP Pro and all the available updates except IE7.

    After doing the above-mentioned, I noticed a 1.8 Gigabyte C:\RECYCLER folder with an NPROTECT folder inside it. Long story short, I converted the file system to FAT32 and deleted the RECYCLER folder in DOS mode (not a DOS window--full DOS mode). Problem solved--I thought. It was indeed gone--until I restarted Windows. It was back; but, this time, it was just 498 Megs, still an annoyance.

    I've tried suggestions from Microsoft's Knowledge Base that didn't work and other suggestions from other sites on the 'net that didn't work, including but not limited to the following:
    RD /s /q \\?\C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT
    RD /s /q C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT
    RD /s /q \\?\C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT\*
    RD /s /q \\?\C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT\*.*
    RD /s /q C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT
    RD /s /q C:\RECYCLER

    Then I went into the Registry and there are no references whatsoever to either RECYCLER or NPROTECT.

    I don't know how to edit the disk or I would try that. Besides, I don't think I have the tools for it.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. jeffd0006

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    Two methods I came across:
    del \\?\c:\recycler\nprotect\*.*
    rmdir /s \\?\C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT

    Also...
    Manual NProtect removal:
    Remove registry entries:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{9a19966f-ae0e-4699-8cce-9b6f5f1c352c}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\typelib\{9a19966f-ae0e-4699-8cce-9b6f5f1c352c}
    http://www.spywaredb.com/remove-nprotect/
     
  3. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    Thanks for trying; but, since no Symantec product has ever been installed on this copy of Windows, those registry keys don't exist.

    DEL is a command that deletes files, not folders and XP returns RMDIR is an unrecognized command.
     
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