Background (skip if TLDR):
I installed via the internet (possibly shady) download Command & Conquer The Last Decade -- I OWN the originals but have no cd drive, meaning I have the serials and everything. I performed a few virus scans and all appeared good. After discovering that some of the old Windows 95/98 games didn't run well on Windows 10, I decided to install a fan patch that should fix it from a trusted website -- This didn't work either. So I decided to uninstall everything. The uninstall for the possibly-shady-internet-download was successful, but the patch files seemed to remain and there was no entry in either of windows-10's
add-remove-program (main & Control Panel). When I tried to manually delete the files it deleted everything except for 2 font files
.ttf's and all the folder-heirarchy's above it.
Problem: I successully deleted one of two of the font files but constantly got the same message / popup on both of them on all my attempts.
Attempts: Searched Google, and open first 20 tabs and do everything! (keep in mind my user-acct is marked as an admin)
- My Windows Security setting for Ransomeware protection already has "controlled folder access" marked as off.
- I tried
cipher '/u /n /h > %UserProfile%\Desktop\MyEncryptedFiles.txt& looking under the properties of the files to see if they were encrypted -- both the output file and the properties said the files were NOT encrypted .
- Right-Click and delete. (fail; I received a popup saying the file was in use)
- Opening the windows-10 resource manager and searching for the folder the
.ttf's were located in and closing out the process that was using the files
explorer.exethan attempting to delete via windows-file-manager, and then via admin-cmd-prompt.
- I attempted via cmd prompt the
takeowncmd on the files -- it was a success! Upon viewing the file properties, security, advanced ... it does indeed say I am the owner.
- I attempted all the cmd-prompt
delmodifiers such as
/f, etc. I tried a few commands for deleting directories and their modifiers such as
- I attempted to rename the 2 files followed by the deletion of all previous methods listed. Rename (success), Deletion (failure)
- I attempted to move the 2 files to the desktop and to delete the directory they were previously in (success!), followed by attempting to delete the files I renamed (failure) ((hence fourth APM ; means all previous methods))
- I restarted the computer and tried APM
- I looked a the Window-10 backups and saw there was one lonely entry that listed "Command & Conquer the last decade" & the correct install date. It didn't seem to have any effect on all the changes I'd made and it remained uninstalled except for the 2 renamed font files on my desktop. (update, I saw restore that pre-dated this, and performed that restore -- the text file is still on my desktop and un-deletable.)
- I downloaded the free version of CCleaner and marked the 2 font files as things to be deleted on the next "sweep" -- then performed a manual sweep. This failed.
- I attempted to find the font files via reg-edit as suggested by "Can't delete Font files" superuser question method -- there were no entries for the offending fonts.
- I unlocked the "secret admin account" via admin-cmd-prompt via
net user administrator /active:yesUpon switching to that account for some reason I was able to successfully delete one of the 2 font files. The remaining file gives me a popup now that no longer says it is in use, instead it says
- I tried safety-mode followed by APM -- and alas it gave me the same popup about permissions.
Outside of that, I am out of ideas on how to delete the remaining file. The popup above lists the name of the laptop itself
LAPTOP-LTTT2E6D followed by a \username (me). But I get no windows popup asking me to put in my credentials.