I want to delete the contents of the Windows/prefetch directory on a PC infected with Spyware. Because, after running four different Spyware removers, spyware files still remain in the prefetch directory.
Note: Please restrict responses to the two questions below ONLY. I am ALREADY being assisted on the specific Spyware aspects of my problem by security experts in this fourm.
Also please review www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20711778.html
in this forum on the Prefetch folder before responding. My questions are based on this thread. It is a very short thread and can be quickly reviewed.
My first question is CAN I SAFELY DELETE THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF THE PREFETCH FOLDER (but leave the empty folder there). i.e The PC will run fine without exception afterwards except some things will take longer to start up.
My second question is, per the first post of Expert CrazyOne in the above linked thread from this forum, will the boot slowdown from deleting these items ONLY OCCUR THE FIRST REBOOT AFTER DELETION AND NO SLOWDOWN AT ALL FROM THE SECOND BOOT ON? The post is not 100% clear on this. One of the key Spyware symptoms the PC owner wants fixed is the long boot time till all startup programs run. So I do not want to "shoot myself in the foot" and "throw the baby out with the bathwater" by doing this. Do you know the answer with certainty on this?
Note: The following link www.jsiinc.com/SUBL/tip5800/rh5826.htm
has more details on Windows/prefetch and may help you in answering the above questions. Note the 4th paragraph down that begins "when the system boots..." seems to have the "meat" of the matter.