delete a folder ever 5 minutes

Posted on 2016-09-12
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Last Modified: 2016-09-13
looking for a script to delete a folder in C:\Windows every 5 minutes. i do have a script but it seems its only successful after the PC reboots

OS : Win 8 & Win 10
Question by:NxJNY
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by:Bill Prew
ID: 41794287
What is the script you are using currently?

And are you using Windows Scheduler to run it every 5 minutes, that would seem like the most straight forward approach.


Author Comment

ID: 41794296
so here is my little story

we have malwarebytes anti-ransomware which scans our computers but malwarebytes do not have a console as yet for this product so there is no alerting if we get infected however the anti-ransomware produces a local log file that we can read through to check if we got infected.

we are trying to leverage IBM Bigfix to perform this action by creating bat script to move the file to a temp location then delete the file.

here is the script

echo off
RD /S /Q "C:\Windows\Ransomware"
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Bill Prew earned 2000 total points
ID: 41794304
My guess would be that once the anti-malware utilities are running they have that folder "locked" or open for access and Windows can not remove it them.  Whent the BAT script runs (run it from a stand alone command prompt for a test) what error message does it display?

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Author Comment

ID: 41794499
i have a script that copies the log file to a temp location and another that reads the log file

now i need one to delete the log file :)

Copy the log file

@echo off
set Src=C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\MBAMService\logs\MBAMSERVICE.LOG
set Tgt=C:\Windows\Ransomware
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ("%Src%") do (
   xcopy "%Src%" "%Tgt%\%%~na\" /e
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Expert Comment

ID: 41794589
Maybe leave it as is?
- You have the log file.
- The folder does clear, albeit after a reboot.

Author Comment

ID: 41796744
i used Robocopy - thanks for all your help

robocopy.exe /Mir 'C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\MBAMService\logs' 'C:\Windows\Ransomware\MBAMSERVICE'"

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