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Path and files that stand out with a bright color?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Stan Hilliard, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Stan Hilliard

    Stan Hilliard Flightless Bird

    I am helping a friend to free up some space on a hard drive and found
    HPselect (5G) in C:/Program Files\. The filenames are suggestive of
    games. I plan to uninstall it, but I noticed something unusual. The
    characters of the path name and the characters of the filenames stand
    out from other paths and files in Windows Explorer. They look lit up
    and bright green instead of black.

    What does this indicate? Is this any reason to not uninstall it?

    Stan Hilliard
     
  2. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 3/31/2010 10:43 PM On a whim, Stan Hilliard pounded out on the keyboard

    > I am helping a friend to free up some space on a hard drive and found
    > HPselect (5G) in C:/Program Files\. The filenames are suggestive of
    > games. I plan to uninstall it, but I noticed something unusual. The
    > characters of the path name and the characters of the filenames stand
    > out from other paths and files in Windows Explorer. They look lit up
    > and bright green instead of black.
    >
    > What does this indicate? Is this any reason to not uninstall it?
    >
    > Stan Hilliard
    >


    Hi Stan,

    That shows the files are encrypted:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308993

    If you don't want the games, there's no reason not to uninstall them.


    Terry R.
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  3. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:eek:mb8r5psi1js2em47s3nbb10emoks36tg9@4ax.com,
    Stan Hilliard <usenetreplyMS@samplingplansNOTSPAM.com> typed:
    > I am helping a friend to free up some space on a hard drive
    > and found HPselect (5G) in C:/Program Files\. The filenames
    > are suggestive of games. I plan to uninstall it, but I
    > noticed something unusual. The characters of the path name
    > and the characters of the filenames stand out from other
    > paths and files in Windows Explorer. They look lit up and
    > bright green instead of black.
    >
    > What does this indicate? Is this any reason to not
    > uninstall it?
    >
    > Stan Hilliard


    No, the green would not be a reason to not delete them, but
    .... it'll depend on whether yours is the account that
    encrypted them or not. I don't think you need to unencrypt
    them, but as with any other account, if you didn't create
    them, you may not be able to delete them unless you "take
    ownership" of the files. For sure, the only account that
    would be capable of reading those files would be the one that
    created them.
    MS encryption is pretty hard to crack.
    Likewise, should you find blue file names, those will be
    compressed files.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  4. sanjacstudent14

    sanjacstudent14 Flightless Bird

    "Stan Hilliard" wrote:

    > I am helping a friend to free up some space on a hard drive and found
    > HPselect (5G) in C:/Program Files\. The filenames are suggestive of
    > games. I plan to uninstall it, but I noticed something unusual. The
    > characters of the path name and the characters of the filenames stand
    > out from other paths and files in Windows Explorer. They look lit up
    > and bright green instead of black.
    >
    > What does this indicate? Is this any reason to not uninstall it?
    >
    > Stan Hilliard
    >
    > .
    >


    Once a file or folder has been encrypted, it will appear in green.
    If you decide you no longer want a file or folder to be encrypted,
    right-click it, select Properties, click the Advanced button, uncheck the box
    labeled Encrypt Contents To Secure Data, and then click OK. Typically, only
    the person who originally encrypted data can decrypt.
     

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