C drive full of folders with random names such as 0ad14b7fef20de97e40973

Hi
My C folder is full of folders named 0ad14b7fef20de97e40973 and similar each one is roughly 150 megs. They seem to be some kind of SQL 2005 server patches.
These folders can not be delete in safe mode or in regular windows mode.
Any clue
?
LVL 19
http:// thevpn.guruAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

mkriszCommented:
If your aim is to delete them regardless of they are important or not for SQL then you should boot a Vista DVD, select repair and open cmd. With cmd you will be able to delete these folders if you want. Or of course you can boot linux or any other system too... Vista DVD is just a convinient and quick method.
0
nobusCommented:
if the above does not help, try unlocker : http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
http:// thevpn.guruAuthor Commented:
Well I would rather want to know where these files are coming from if possible.
0
10 Tips to Protect Your Business from Ransomware

Did you know that ransomware is the most widespread, destructive malware in the world today? It accounts for 39% of all security breaches, with ransomware gangsters projected to make $11.5B in profits from online extortion by 2019.

Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
Some good tips here on cleaning up Locked files:
http://www.optimizingpc.com/optimize/deletefiles.html

You might want to see what Windows Update is doing - do these files appear all of a sudden if you run it manually?

You may have some old app installed (SQL related?) that MS are trying to patch, but you no longer use...

hth, Danny
0
nobusCommented:
they can come from malware, or a update that is putting files in the wrong locations.
any thing in them ?
0
johnb6767Commented:
Should be an .INF file in each of the folders, or an Update.exe/Setup.exe that should be able to give you more details......

0
johnb6767Commented:
"Well I would rather want to know where these files are coming from if possible."

Did you find out where they came from?
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows XP

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.