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

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

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    Properties:

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    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. :shock: 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.

    #220701

    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).

    #350845

    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 :-P

    Post of ZoneAlarm:
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    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.

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    ahinson
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    #216522

    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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    sorinso
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    #266614

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

    Stonelaughter;140707 wrote:
    (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 .

    Phoenix Person;140712 wrote:
    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?

    #350846

    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. :razz:

    Anyways, thanks to everyone for all their help.:cool:

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    sorinso
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    #266620

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

    Phoenix Person;140801 wrote:
    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.

    #350847

    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. =/

    #350848

    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?

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    ahinson
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    #216526

    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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    sorinso
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    #266624

    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…

    #350849

    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:

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    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.

    #350850

    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.php?p=141023#post141023

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    Wired
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    #272855

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

    Phoenix Person;141019 wrote:
    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 :)

    #350851

    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 :offtopic:

    #350852

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

    Phoenix Person;141024 wrote:

    Please go there- My other thread

    #342541

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

    Your other thread doesn’t seem to be in any way relevant to this one. Why are you linking to it?

    People will see your thread as they browse through the forum. There’s no need to link to it from irrelevent threads.

    #350854

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

    gforceindustries;141150 wrote:
    Your other thread doesn’t seem to be in any way relevant to this one. Why are you linking to it?

    People will see your thread as they browse through the forum. There’s no need to link to it from irrelevent threads.

    Actually, it did exactly what it was supposed to. If people read this thread and see the link, they might click on it and be able to help me with my other problem, when they otherwise wouldn’t.

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    danielp
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    #171809

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

    Yes but that’s not the way we work here, unless you want to make people just ignore you the next time.

    :x

    #350855

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

    OK, thanks for the warning. Although, posting a link to another of your threads with a different topic isn’t in the rules. If doing so gets someone a warning; like the one you gave me, perhaps it should be made more clear in the rules so it doesn’t happen again.

    2) No double posting

    Not here. Post once, wait for an answer. Do NOT post your “very important” question on more than one forum, and never post the same question again. If you have new issues regarding your “old” question – just follow your first thread and post to it. Members that cannot understand this simple rule will be banned.

    Maybe find a place for it here?

    Is there any way I (or you) can lock this thread?

    #342560

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

    Threads are closed automatically when they have been left idle for a a period of time. I believe that period is currently set to 6 months.

    #350858

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

    Idle as in no posting, or no viewing? (so I know if I should take it off bookmarks)

    And thanks again to everyone that helped.

    #342563

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

    No posts. Googlebot etc looks at every topic regularly, and other forum users will continue to view them. There’s no such thing on the internet as a page with no hits ;)

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    RedDevil
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    #351049

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

    There will still be services or registry entries still using the folder, thats why you cant delete it.

    Try this.

    Download the McAfee removal tool from here:
    http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe

    Right-click on the file and select “Run as Administrator”.
    After the removal tool finishes, you should be prompted to restart your computer.
    Once the computer restarts, your McAfee product should be uninstalled.

    If the folder is still there then search the registry for any entries of mcafee and remove them. (remember to back the registry up first, and that you delete these at your own risk).
    Reboot. You should now be able to delete the folder.

    #349515

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

    I installed an open-source program called “eraser” and when I wanted to delete ANYTHING. Any program at all off the hard drive. I ran “eraser” as Administrator and “eraser” does the rest. It even erases and over-writes any rubbish in your (allegedly) free space on your Hard Drive. Hope this is of some use.

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    sushantcs
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    #391373

    This is a problem I encountered 4 years ago and after several hours of calling McAfee and 20 some odd tickets later, I figured it out. 4 Years later, I had to do it again and couldn’t remember. Several hours later of talking to techs who didn’t know what they were doing, I figured it out for myself, again.

    First, you have to uninstall McAfee using the MCPR tool mcaf.ee/mcpr.
    Then, browse to the folder containing the “McAfee Vault” folder.
    Right click the folder.
    Click Properties.
    Click Security.
    Click Advanced.
    Delete the “Everyone” user which is “Denied”.
    Apply and exit the windows with “OK,OK…”
    Delete the folder.

    Cause: McAfee changes the security settings for “Everyone” on the “McAfee Vault” folder. Amazing that they still don’t have this in their knowledge base…

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    Ossian
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    #191254

    I would hope that 7 years, and 3 operating systems, on, the OP may not still be waiting for an answer, but others may find this helpful

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