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  • How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

    I am trying to delete McAfee from my computer because I installed ZoneAlarm (which took me 5 hours, thanks to McAfee deleting it for some reason), so it is no longer needed. So, I search for McAfee on my hard drive, and what I haven't been able to delete comes up:


    When I try to delete it, however, I get this message.



    Properties:



    I tried removing Read-Only and deleting, but it just reverts back to Read-Only.

    Any suggestions?

    P.S., I'm new to Vista and this site, so cut me some slack. I did try searching for any existing threads with this topic, and couldn't find one, but if there is one, just post the link.

    Also, if there is any other info i need to include, let me know.

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    Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

    First thing's first...

    Zone Alarm is a Firewall.
    McAffee is an Anti-Virus product.

    Why do you think that having Zone Alarm means you don't need McAffee?

    Secondly; you can't just "Delete" Program Files. You need to use the "Uninstall" option which came with the program, or the "Add/Remove Programs" icon in the control panel, to remove software from your PC.

    (p.s. I don't know what "Add/Remove Programs" is called in Vista - that's what it was called in XP).


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    • #3
      Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

      Well, first of all, the version of ZoneAlarm that I have is both anti-virus and anti-spyware.

      Second; I tried removing/uninstalling/modifying before using Add or Remove Programs and a bunch of windows popped up asking me what was wrong and how to fix it, not how to uninstall it. So, I figured that I would just go and delete anything and everything that said McAfee. For some reason though, I just uninstalled it from Add or Remove Programs, then it let me delete the other files.

      Thanks


      Post of ZoneAlarm:



      EDIT: I am removing McAfee because it deletes some programs and files I try to install on my computer. And I just like the way ZoneAlarm works.
      Last edited by Phoenix Person; 30th December 2008, 02:38. Reason: Additional Info

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      • #4
        Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

        Short answer to your question is this...

        Sometimes applications will install files but remove all users except the System Account from a file so it can't easily be deleted. To delete it if this is the issue start by taking ownership of the file first then delete it.

        Right click the file, click Properties, click Security tab, click the Advanced button, click the Owner tab, under the ownership area within then window click the edit button, then select the user to change it to. If your account isn't in the list click the other users or groups button and find it. After you own the file you should be allowed to delete it.
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        • #5
          Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

          Originally posted by Stonelaughter View Post
          (p.s. I don't know what "Add/Remove Programs" is called in Vista - that's what it was called in XP).
          It's called Programs and Features .
          Originally posted by Phoenix Person View Post
          a bunch of windows popped up asking me what was wrong and how to fix it
          This is not Vista's behavior... Sounds more like McAffee's. Disregard those windows and uninstall the application as it should be done: from Control Panel -> Programs and Features.
          Just thought of something: have you by any chance altered UAC's default behavior?
          Last edited by sorinso; 30th December 2008, 08:31. Reason: later in the day ... :)

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          • #6
            Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

            Actually, I turned off UAC before trying to uninstall again. I'm not really sure if that has anything to do with what happened before, but I'm still leaving UAC off, just in case.

            Anyways, thanks to everyone for all their help.
            Last edited by Phoenix Person; 31st December 2008, 03:21. Reason: Confusing typos

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            • #7
              Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

              Originally posted by Phoenix Person View Post
              Actually, I turned off UAC
              That is one big NO-NO-NO ...
              You might solve the problem by turning it back on and trying to uninstall McAffee.... You will get a consent request dialog box and you'll need to approve it.

              Sorin Solomon


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              • #8
                Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

                Well, UAC annoys me. Frankly, almost everything vista-related annoys me. I don't need 2-3 separate windows asking me if it is actually me trying to move or install a file, not a hacker Besides, I already got rid of McAfee.

                "So, I figured that I would just go and delete anything and everything that said McAfee. For some reason though, I just uninstalled it from Add or Remove Programs(Programs and Features), then it let me delete the other files." I did this after turning off UAC. I'm not sure if that helped or not, but I don't really see a need for UAC at the time.

                BTW, I don't know how to quote. =/

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                • #9
                  Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

                  Actually, does any of this really answer my question?

                  Is there even a way to "give myself permission to delete my own files", or is it just a way for vista to tell me I'm doing something the wrong way?

                  EDIT: Also, I'm thinking about downgrading back to XP. Should I give vista more time to win me over, or go back to good-old XP?
                  Last edited by Phoenix Person; 31st December 2008, 06:06.

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                  • #10
                    Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

                    There's little we can say or do to stop you, ultimately whether or not you go back to XP is up to you.
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                    • #11
                      Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

                      Andrew is right, do whatever think is suitable for you.
                      I just want to say, for the sake of the future generations, that UAC is one of the most important features in Vista. It gives you that additional defense when you get yourself exposed (either through fishy sites, either by e-mail-borne viruses) to malware that uses your elevated privileges (after all, aren't we all Administrators for our computers? We cannot accept anything less than that, do we?) to spread havoc in your computer, fill it with more trojan horses and backdoors.
                      It is a behavior Linux users are accustomed to for years... They cannot accept anything else than that. My friends here think I'm nuts when I login with root into my Linux machine...
                      Is it annoying? So was the firewall that came with XP SP2. "Why do I have to approve every application? It was much better before... " Yes, there are still people that first thing they do on their XP SP2/3 computers is to disable the firewall. Their problem...

                      Sorin Solomon


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                      • #12
                        Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

                        I disabled UAC because it basically does the same thing ZoneAlarm does, but ZoneAlarm does these things automatically and without annoying pop-ups and useless confirmations.

                        Some features of ZoneAlarm:










                        You might have noticed that I really like ZoneAlarm. This is because on my other computer with XP, I have ZoneAlarm and it has really come through for me; blocking over 5,000 intrusion attempts and deleting countless trojans and spyware.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

                          Please read my other thread- http://forums.petri.com/showthread.p...023#post141023

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                          • #14
                            Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

                            Originally posted by Phoenix Person View Post
                            You might have noticed that I really like ZoneAlarm. This is because on my other computer with XP, I have ZoneAlarm and it has really come through for me; blocking over 5,000 intrusion attempts and deleting countless trojans and spyware.
                            IIRC, ZA loads AFTER you log in, not before, so there's a window of vulnerability. Also, since it's not in the kernel, it can be shut down by a process.

                            Either way, if a user approves a virus to be installed, well, nothing's gonna help you
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                            • #15
                              Re: How do I give MYSELF permission to delete my own files, when I am the ADMIN?

                              Until ZoneAlarm detects it and removes it. Its actually happened before. Anyways, I think this thread is starting to get a little

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