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Windows 7: What are STRINGS and why can I not delete that file?

11 Jul 2018   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1
What are STRINGS and why can I not delete that file?

I use a Seagate external drive for my backup; there is a file called STRINGS (e.g., Strings\3a0729826d2c1d047c0b55); what are these and why can they not be deleted (they're from 2013)? Thank you.

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12 Jul 2018   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

Generally speaking, there are files created by the OS that can't be deleted by the user.
Some virus / malwares also use this shield to protect themselves from being erased.

Did the file came with the Seagate external drive or it showed after the backup?
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28 Jul 2018   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1

Thank you for the reply -- a long time in answering here, so apologies.

As I recall, the strings showed up after the back up. I have sufficient disk space so I don't particularly concern myself with them, but when recently cleaning up files I saw them again and wondered.

Appreciate your response.
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