Solved newbie question about delete desktop.ini files from desktop

November 26, 2015 at 00:05:48
Specs: Windows 7

I have 2 desktop.ini files just showed up on my desktop screen.
How do I know it's safe to delete these files?
When I open them this is what is written in there. [.ShellClassInfo]

Thanks in advance.

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November 26, 2015 at 07:28:08
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You can indeed delete them. If they are needed they will come back. Odds are that they are there as a useful tool. It's interesting that they are visable, however that may be how you are set up.

At this point just as a sense of ensuring that there isn't any oddities. It may be a good choice to run malwarebytes and your antivirus (after updating)


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November 26, 2015 at 08:21:45
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The usual reason for these is that you have set folder options to show "protected system files". If so it is best not to do so except for some very specific and unusual reason. Invoking this option causes system files to appear in user areas and I generally feel they should not be deleted. They are likely to come right back on reboot anyhow.

Why do you want to delete them anyhow - they are "tiny little files" that are used by the system? Best to just hide them as suggested. I've seen many a system ruined on here by folk picking off files. You use the proper uninstall for removing anything other than your own files.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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