Vista keeps recreating endless folders on my hard drive

Sat, 2010-03-13 10:55 by kerryfenn · Forum/category:

Vista keeps creating endless desktop/user/desktop/user folders on my hard drive. It says I can't delete them but if i start on the last and work up I can delete them. Trouble is it just recreates them on the next reboot. Any suggestions?

try a new anti-virus

Wed, 2010-03-17 14:53 by Wedge1967

had the same problem and found it was a virus and not vista, the more you delete the more it makes,
have you tried a new anti-virus, Avast free has a boot scan abillity which works well for this type of infection, but watch out
if its avast your running it can now be infected to.
Try AVG free also, its not bad but can fall short in the detection of viruses already on your PC before installation.
As to system restore, it does work sometimes but most viruses now eather disable the restore abillity or delete any restore point before the virus infection (check out the new IMPROVED win32 jefo wrm virus for that, I think its been changed by someone since its last appearence, it now deletes your restore points and disables you system restore)
don't always trust your anti-virus when it says your system is clean
research shows that most PC's need to run at least 2 anti-viruses + 1 or 2 stand alone anti-spyware and anti-maleware programs, and then its only 50% safe most of the time.

Read before you write

Sat, 2010-03-13 21:46 by admin

You didn't mention whether you have already applied the standard procedures (click on Start, top left), particularly System Restore.

The standard procedure in a case like this is to immediately use System Restore to roll the system back to a state before the defect appeared.

Write after reading

Mon, 2010-03-15 12:08 by kerryfenn

No I did not. It happened about 2 weeks ago and I'd be afraid to restore now in case I'd lose all my recent files.

System Restore without data loss

Mon, 2010-03-15 18:27 by admin

Normally System Restore does not delete data files, only system-related files. However, there is no absolute guarantee.

You could back up all recent changes, then do a System Restore, but check first whether you actually have a restore point 2 weeks back.

You could also try a Repair Installation, which comes with a fair chance (but not with a guarantee) to solve the problem.

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