CONFLICT Directory Removal

Dell / Dimension 5150
January 20, 2009 at 14:08:12
Specs: Windows XP, 512 Mb
All, I am hoping someone can help. I have searched for an answer without any luck.

My neighbor's computer (XP Home Edition) was affected by a virus (actually multiple) and they asked me to work on resolving them. No real issue there. But during the scan, I saw that there were a lot of CONFLICT directories under C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files. Through research, I think I understand why the directories were created, but their computer has well over 1000 of these directories. So my questions. Is this common to have so many? And is there a way to delete them safely? I saw a posting that said that you could go to the directory through the CMD prompt and delete the files that way, but since there are 1000+ of them, I can't imagine that it is the only way. I will say that in repairing their computer, they have trial installed all types of software which I am sure hasn't helped. I would go the route of a reinstall, but they do not have the install disk that came with their computer (threw it away it appears). Any suggestions or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Jim

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January 20, 2009 at 19:45:56
Well, I took a gamble. I did a 'dir' on the directory and sent the output to a file. Opened the file in Excel and parsed out the CONFLICT.x directory names. Prefixed each one with 'rmdir /q /s' and saved the output as a .bat file. THen moved the .bat file into that directory and let it rip. It deleted 4617 CONFLICT directories, and the system still came back up. HOpefully I didn't break anything major.

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