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Windows 7: Cannot Delete Microsoft Security Client folder in C:\Program Files

13 Apr 2015   #11

Windows 7 64-bit

Nothing is being held in memory. I've checked MSCONFIG, Process Explorer and Comodo Killswitch.

I am the admin account. As mentioned before, I have also tried in the hidden admin account. Neither work. What exactly is the point of that other admin account if it does nothing.

Fyi, I decided to run the Fix It tool again and this time it says MsMpSvc could not be stopped. Which is odd because I uninstalled (or at least thought I had!) MSE. Again, the same thing happens when I run the tool in the admin account. From reading about that service, there is no way to stop it. Hence that Fix It tool can never work. Not for me anyway.

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13 Apr 2015   #12
Microsoft MVP


Then boot the Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk to delete the file following Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

I think first I would try reinstalling the program to properly uninstall it, this time disabling it first.
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13 Apr 2015   #13

Windows 7 64-bit

Thanks, I'll try the boot method. How would I delete it though? Your link shows copy and pasting but does not specify how to delete files.

I won't be reinstalling it given that it is essentially a virus.

Also, as mentioned before, I'd appreciate if someone could tell me how exactly a user can have admin privileges on this godforsaken operating system.
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13 Apr 2015   #14
Microsoft MVP


You'd highlight the file and use the Delete key.

Remember there is a lag with little indication of activity when you work with files in the boot CD.

You may want to use a Linux disk since there are more features and feedback: Peppermint3 - Create Live CD/DVD/USB To Use For Emergency Backup - Windows 7 Forums
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