IE6 automatically recreate itself on deletion

April 9, 2011 at 07:18:24
Specs: Windows XP
Whenever I try to delete IEXPLORER in the program files, within seconds it recreates itself. Exactly how is it doing this? Note that I am not trying to uninstall IE. I just want to know how this function works.

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April 9, 2011 at 08:56:37
hi ,

try to delete from the Start Menu\Programs folder in your profile.....


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April 9, 2011 at 10:20:32
This is Windows File Protection at work. This protects what are considered critical system files from being deleted or overwritten. This does not prevent them from being updated by an installer that knows the proper procedure. Note that not all system files are protected this way.

When such a file is deleted Windows is notified and the file is restored from another copy stored elsewhere.

You should not attempt to defeat or circumvent this process.It was designed to prevent important system files from being improperly updated or deleted.

The feature was first introduced with Windows 2000 and carried over to later versions. Since Vista it words differently and has a different name.

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April 9, 2011 at 16:41:16
Do you really mean iexplorer? It goes like this:

iexplorer (exe) is a virus so you need to AV scan your system.

iexplore (exe) is Internet Explorer.

explorer (exe) is Windows Explorer.

I see no reason why you would wish to delete the last two, unless for some reason you wish to wreck the system.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.

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