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Folders on my c: root directory has strange names

There are several folders on my root directory that has strange names. Inside the folders are the following files:
hotfixexpress (setup information) 3kb
osql
sqlcmd
sqldiscoveryapi.dll
batchparser90.dll
another folder named 1033 and one named hotfixexpress

The folders are all read-only. My computer has been extremely slow, whether using applications or internet. Can I delete these folders? Do you think these folders are slowing down my system. I've done virus checks, malware checks, and spyware checks and can't detect anything. I've also ran Hijack this and it came out okay.

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Laballa1
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houssam_balloutCommented:
Download and run combofix:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

I think that they can be deleted safely
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bctechgirlCommented:
What are the exact names of the folders?
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beesterCommented:
Those files are related to a SQL Server installation, probably the native tools for SQL Server 2005. If the folders have strange names, I would think they're results of chkdsk or similar utilities, and that you've had some problems with the file system on your disk.

As btechgirl asks - what are the exact names of the folders?
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torimarCommented:
Folders never slow down a system, only active programs, services and drivers do.

I should be careful deleting this folder because it originates from a Microsoft MS-SQL update. You must make sure that none of the files is in active use first, then make sure whether they might passively be required.
Download Sysinternals Process Explorer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
Run it, select View > Select columns > check: Image Path
Then verify whether the folders appear in the path column. If they do, do *not* delete.

If they don't, rename the folder, do not delete. Run your system normally for a couple of days. If no errors happen, you are safe to delete.

Your slowed down machine is another problem, though.
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Laballa1Author Commented:
I attached a copy of the Combofix log.

Thanks everyone for your input and assistance.
log.txt
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torimarCommented:
Laballa1,
I am surprised about this way of closing the question.

- The ComboFix logs clearly prove that none of the files or folders discussed here were deleted by it, so they were no malware and did not require CF.
- Your question history clearly proves that you know about Combofix and have used it before, so this was no new info to you.
- The last of the two sentences that this solution is comprised of consists in a mere assumption, i.e. personal opinion of the expert, not in a definitive statement. Other opinions have been expressed that tried to be more considerate with regards to the integrity of your system.

I find it difficult to understand why you chose the one proposed solution over the others.
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beesterCommented:
I must say I agree with torimar here - the log you posted clearly hasn't done anything with the files in question.

If the files are gone/removed now, my assumption would be that the file system errors or corrupt directories have been fixed by i.e. chkdsk under the last reboot. I seriously doubt that ComboFix has done anything really helpful to your system, it might even have rendered your Coupon Printer unusable because of the deletion of an .ocx file.
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Laballa1Author Commented:
After reading the last two comments, you're right. I did award the points too soon. Yes, I have used Combofix before, however I hadn't with this problem until it was mentioned. You're also right, combofix didn't remove the folders. My system did speed up. The reason I wanted to remove the folders was stated in the beginning that my system was slow and I was wondering if those folders had anything to do with that. I still don't know if I should remove the folders, so I guess I'll leave them.

I will request attention to this question and see if I can amend the solution. I guest I'm so used to not bothering others that I didn't want to persist with it too long.

Please except my apology. I'll try to make it right.
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Laballa1Author Commented:
I did what each suggested. I still have the folders and my system has slowed again. After running Combofix and it was good until the reboot. I'm back to square one. After I posted the names of the folders no response from anyone. No other suggestions received.
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beesterCommented:
Hmm. I think I'd rather not have any points here, since it didn't really solve your problem. Our goal here is to help you, gaining points is just an 'extra bonus'.

You mentioned you posted the names of the folders - but I can't seem to find this post anywhere?

If you look at the Performance tab in Task Manager, how is your RAM usage and average CPU usage?
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