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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2008-12-14, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question Deleting computer files

My computer has a large quantity of junk that has remained after I have deleted programs from the add/delete in the control panel. Most of these I have not used in years but they still show up in the program files. How can I get rid of them? Or can I just right click and delete without screwing up the computer
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2008-12-14, 12:09 PM
 
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If you have removed a program from Add or Remove Programs, say "Quake4" and there is still a folder in Program Files, that folder can be safely deleted. Sometimes though, for example, there may be a folder with a different name than "Quake4" it could be the IDSoftware folder, the game developer....these left over folders usually do not have much in them as most have been removed with the un-installer program....so yes, you can delete them...

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Just to add to the above post, you may want to set a restore point and delete any file to the Recycle Bin. Then, if after a few days all seems well, you can empty the bin.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2008-12-14, 03:10 PM
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If you ever wonder about a file and if its safe to delete a good route is to google the exact file name & extension and a bunch of sites will report what that file is used for if its needed or not and if its a safe delete.

A while back I noticed an odd file called khalmnpr.exe
So I googled it turns out its an application for my logitech mouse. Sometimes it sure would help if they named all files to what they belonged to.

Some sites may say a file is safe to delete but you may not want to delete it if for example it controls something you want to use like software for a scanner for example.

I have a photographic memory, trouble is most times the lens cap is on.
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