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enter image description hereRecently while going through the users folder in my C: drive, I found out that I had an extra user which I had not created but had the same name as the name of a existing user on my pc, with a little difference.

For eg. I created a user named "colon" and the automatically generated second user came out to be "colon.m-hp pc". I tried to delete the original account hoping for the other account to be deleted automatically but this did not happen ,instead the "colon.m-hp pc" got deleted and the "colon" account stayed. Now a folder named "colon" still exists in my user directory even when I have deleted the account from user accounts

why?? Is it a virus or something ?? Please help.


this picture contains all the users that are present on my computer beside guest user

but this picture contains a additional user named college which was not present in picture 1

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We need more information. Perhaps a screenshot showing what you mean. Please crop the screenshot. The Snipping Tool is handy for stuff like this. – Ramhound Apr 22 '13 at 18:50
@Ramhound I am new to superuser. Please guide me to upload the picture as i am not able to see any options to upload picture.....just can post comments. – m_j Apr 22 '13 at 19:04
You will need to edit you question to add images. There is add image icon. – James Jenkins Apr 22 '13 at 19:11
The lock appears when there are certain sharing options enabled for the folder, and this might be the reason why windows didn't delete it. I suggest you simply delete the folder from your admin account. Since the account has been deleted, that folder is useless. – Pincopallino Apr 22 '13 at 20:53
@m_j - If an application was using the User's Profile the folder woudln't be deleted. You can take ownership of the folder if you want and simply delete the folder without any problems. There are numerous questions on how to take ownership of a folder in Windows. – Ramhound Apr 23 '13 at 10:52

This is more-or-less normal behaviour. It isn't an extra user account, it's an extra user profile. These are created automatically whenever the existing profile can't (for any one of a number of possible reasons) be loaded.

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