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1) Autoruns
Just like msconfig only better. It shows you anything that launches when you turn on your computer right down to services, drivers, shell components and lots more. It allows you to also view the publisher and file path, as well as disable or delete the item. Another great feature is to hide all items signed by microsoft, showing only 3rd party items.

2) ProcessExplorer
Just like task manager only better. It shows you all running processes but also shows collapsable and expandable process trees so you can see what launched what. Also shows you the file path and publisher at a glance so you don't have to track it down.

3) Unlocker
Can delete anything. No matter what. Great for finally nuking that virus you tracked down with the above programs.
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post #2 of 11
I'll give Unlocker a try. I have a folder that I can rename, but it's undeletable. There's nothing in the folder and safe mode cannot delete it either.

The folder is still there. ._. Unlocker said it cannot delete it and would I like it to delete on my next boot. I restarted and it wasn't deleted. Godly folder I'd say!
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post #5 of 11
I have had Unlocker now for a while and you never know when you will need it until you cannot delete something, which has happened quite a few times.
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post #6 of 11
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The main focus of these tools are giving you the power to quickly and effeciently do things the good old manual way. No scanners, no definitions, and almost no installers (aside from unlocker).
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by TaiDinh View Post
I'll give Unlocker a try. I have a folder that I can rename, but it's undeletable. There's nothing in the folder and safe mode cannot delete it either.

The folder is still there. ._. Unlocker said it cannot delete it and would I like it to delete on my next boot. I restarted and it wasn't deleted. Godly folder I'd say!
Killbox for deleting.
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amdkillsintel View Post
Killbox for deleting.
The File can not be deleted. XD Godly folder... well enough of me. This isn't a "help" thread.
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post #9 of 11
Process Explorer was rweally nice, I recommend it to everyone who likes to be in control of their running processes.
But did I get it from the MS site..? without validation??
Now.. that's scary...

Here is a great tool for mal/adware, it scans with multiple scanners. (Ad Aware, Spybot S&D, CW Shredder, Spy Sweeper and more.) Note all of these aren't free but the download includes trial on the only one you have to pay for, when the trial is over you can either buy it or disable it in Hitman Pro settings.

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post #10 of 11
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Wow that's pretty creepy Tai. I had a folder just like that once but unlocker managed to take care of it. Have you tried doing a chkdsk first? After you run that it may be deleteable with unlocker.
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