Norton protected recycle bin ?

By Sara Smith · 11 replies
Jul 13, 2006
  1. I have Norton System Works. I I dont know any thing about the program Other than how to run scans.

    My computer has been runing slow and after runing a check up I found out that I had 8 Temporary files that I cant find to delete. While searching for these files I notice there is a 'Protected Recycle Bin'. When I right click on 'Empty Norton Protected Recycle Bin' I get the following message:

    "There are 1,169 protected files total on Drive C. You have 508 protected files on Drive C."

    Underneath this are three boxes:

    Purge Yours/ Purge All/ Cancel

    What does all this mean? What am I purging, and is it safe to do so?

    Thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Take a look at this thread HERE.

    Hopefully it will answer your questions.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. Sara Smith

    Sara Smith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What do they do?

    I am knew to the site as i am sure that you know and I read what you said to and I still dont know what will happen if I hit one of the buttons?
  4. TypeX45

    TypeX45 TS Rookie Posts: 144

    Have you looked at the help files with the program.
  5. Sara Smith

    Sara Smith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i am just wanting to get rid of some temorary files and wanted to know if this will help and what it does. That is all. I dont know much about computers. and if you are refering to the help files on the nortons. yes, I have and they read like greek, to me.
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You can use the purge all option and needn`t worry.

    All the protected recycle bin does is store backups of files Norton thinks you might need later.

    As stated in the link I gave you.
    It is generally recommended to disable the Norton protected recycle bin.

    See HERE for instructions.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. Sara Smith

    Sara Smith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    oh and why would I turn my computer off and then on if i am just truing to delete some files that I cant find and wanted to know what that norton function does and of it would help?
  8. Sara Smith

    Sara Smith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So it is not storing anything that I will need? Not the 1,169 or the 508? is it Just a pile of thing that I have deleted from say, off the internet like cookies or something that I have typed in word?
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Exactly. Just empty it then disable it altogether.

    Regards Howard :)
  10. Sara Smith

    Sara Smith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Why would the people that put out Norton’s build in a function that serves no purpose? Surly it has sum function? I won’t get rid of thing that I need at all?
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Basically Symantec/Norton is complete crap.

    It`s one of the worst antivirus programmes out there.

    It doesn`t work very well(it`s not that good at stopping viruses), can cause problems, including computer crashes and is a resource hog(it slows your computer down).

    If I had a dollar for every Symantec/Norton problem I`ve seen on these forums, I`d be quite rich by now lol.

    We even have a sticky thread dedicated to Symantec/Norton crapware.

    The best advice I can give you, is to get rid of that crap software and get the free AVG, or Avast antivirus programme and either the free Zonealarm, or the free Kerio firewall. Just Google.

    Your computer will thankyou for it and will run faster into the bargain.

    Regards Howard :)
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I use systemworks basically only for their registry repair tool. It's really the only thing that norton makes for home users that I consider an invaluable tool.

    Their corporate anti-virus is excellent, but few users have access to it other than US Federal employees (They can get it for free under a government license).
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