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31 Jan 2011   #1

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Windows 7 deletes random .exe files

I recently bought a new laptop with widows 7. In transferring my files I noticed that windows seems to be erasing my .exe files. Not all .exe files, but a number of them. I can't seem to find a rhyme or a reason. Does anyone know why this is happening and/or what I can do to stop it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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31 Jan 2011   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brother dave View Post
I recently bought a new laptop with widows 7. In transferring my files I noticed that windows seems to be erasing my .exe files.
That's impossible. If anything makes your executables disappear it would have to be either a virus, or an anti-virus program.
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31 Jan 2011   #3

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I'm not saying it makes sense. I was thinking maybe anti-virus, but this was a problem before I even had time to install my anti-virus. I thought maybe windows defender or something like that. I turned off real-time protection and it didn't help.
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31 Jan 2011   #4
whs
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Do I understand this right - your .exes disappear from the Program Files? - or are we talking about shortcuts and from where do those disapear?
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31 Jan 2011   #5

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Neither. I have files on another hard drive, flash drive, etc. Whenever I put them on my laptop (on one instance I transferred it to the laptop's hard drive, another I viewed the folder contents directly) they get deleted.
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31 Jan 2011   #6

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Ok. Here's the answer. It was virus scan after all. There was a trial of Norton on the laptop. Apparently, though I hadn't set it up, it was installed enough to mess with me. I got that off the machine and everything worked fine. SIMPLE ANSWERS ARE USUALLY THE RIGHT ANSWERS!
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31 Jan 2011   #7
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brother dave View Post
Neither. I have files on another hard drive, flash drive, etc. Whenever I put them on my laptop (on one instance I transferred it to the laptop's hard drive, another I viewed the folder contents directly) they get deleted.
This is still not clear. You said initially that .exe files are being deleted. But .exe files are only in program files. So what are those files that you are moving around - what are the filetypes?
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31 Jan 2011   #8

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I have installable programs, in .exe file format, on another hard drive. They are not in the program files folder.
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31 Jan 2011   #9

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Depending on where they are ( on your o/s drive ), you may find doing a system restore will delete them also.
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31 Jan 2011   #10
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brother dave View Post
I have installable programs, in .exe file format, on another hard drive. They are not in the program files folder.
OK, now I understand. And they are Windows 7 exes I suppose. The only thing I can suggest that you have a look into Event Viewer to see whether that reveals some clues.
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