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Program to compare all files in directory

Q: Program to compare all files in directory

I'm trying to find a simple, straightforward opensource Windows program to compare all files within a directory to all files in a different directory in order to ensure that they are completely identical (basically to verify backups). I'm looking for something more reliable than simply comparing file sizes or dates. I would think the most efficient way to do this would be by using some fast and simple file hash (md5?) to compare the two.
I looked through the "Freeware Replacements for Common Commercial Apps" post, but I didn't see anything like this. Does anyone know of a program like this?

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A: Program to compare all files in directory

Beyond Compare (not freeware): http://www.scootersoftware.com/features.php

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I am a writer and over a period of years I have put snippets of text in small files. Some of these files are duplicates of other files but with a different file name. Some of these files are combinations of other files. No duplicate file names exist in the directory. In all, I have 2700 small files in one directory. All files to be compared are txt files. What I want to do is find the duplicate files and find the duplicate text content of the files. What is the best way to find only original content in each of the files? If necessary, I can collect all the files into one large file but what would I do next? What I am looking for is some kind of automated way to compare the file contents rather than my having to do all of this by hand.

Most file compare utilities only compare file names and if they compare content you do not see the content.

Thank you in advance for any replies.

A:Need to compare contents of files in one directory

You could get a file compare utility like ExamDiff or WinMerge, both are freeware. WinMerge is more powerful, but ExamDiff is easier to work with and for what you're doing it should be fine. It will compare two text files and show you the differences.

I would sort the files by size and then compare the ones that are the same or close in size.

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Hi Win7 64 pro
I have copied 2gb using Teracopy to a folder, it showed at least one where path not found.
It has no means of selecting that line and showing me the source file, I cant even copy out the address.

Its ok as along as i get OK in its test, else if I get a red warning it then doesn't offer a means of attempting that source file again. It also doesnt have a way of putting those to the top of the stack. You have to scroll through 2Gb of files to find them.

Then I managed to exit teracopy, now I havent a clue what files needs copying across.

I could do with a second prog to compare source and destination and repair any differences etc.

Any suggestions ?

I had hoped Terracopy would do this.


A:Free utility or inbuilt program to compare source & destination files

You can use the built-in RoboCopy and use it only to compare files and folders, NOT to copy anything. Start a command window (cmd.exe) and use this syntax:

robocopy "c:\tools" "c:\toolscopy" /E /L

c:\tools is the source
c:\toolscopy is the destination
/E will include subdirectories incl. empty ones
/L will only do a compare and not copy anything

I changed this in the source folder: one changed file, one new file, one new empty directory
The output from robocopy:

Newer 27 tempEMETfolder.txt
New File 26624 TestBlank.exe
New Dir 0 c:\tools\emptySubFolder\

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Thanks to anyone who can help. I've searched for this topic and haven't found anything that worked for me. I posted this topic a couple days ago but just now it didn't show up; sorry if I've double-posted.

I'm trying to download itunes for the first time, but I get the error in the title when I try to run the itunes_setup.exe file. When I cancel, I get "The installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory: C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update. The installation cannot continue. Log on as administrator or contact your system administrator."

I checked and confirmed that I am the admin on my PC, and all accounts are set up with full access privileges to these folders. I also tried rebooting in safe mode and logging on as "Administrator" and running the .exe from a flash drive.

I think I had similar problems loading an XP Office Upgrade a few months ago; I finally just gave up. I have Spybot Search and Destroy; it says I'm clean, for whatever that's worth.

Please help! Thanks again.

A:error occurred with attempting to create directory C:\Program Files\Common Files

You are mostly likley on a limited account.
Are you using Xp
Are you the only account. There are other reasons but lets look at this option first

Go to control panel use accounts and click on your user name , it will say if you are and admin of the machine or you are using a limited account.

Take alook at that and post back

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When I try to install any programs like skype and the last part of the installation I get an error occured while attempting to create the directory: C:program files\ common files
why is this happening? but more importantly how do I fix it?
Thanks for any help given

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after installing a Canon printer driver, I am now getting an error:

Cannot access C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink the file directory is corrupted.
I have tried running scan disc and it doesn't work and have tried from the command window and it stops 73% through and say can't go any further to maintain system integrity. I have also tried restoring from a back-up but it wont let me as well.

Any suggestions?

A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

I have a similar problem, see other thread with same title.

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I have been trying to install Microsoft Office and keep getting an error

Cannot access C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink the file directory is corrupted. I have tried running scan disc and it doesn't work and have tried from the command window and it stops 73% through and say can't go any further to maintain system integrity.

Any suggestions?


A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

Hi tonedef -

Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support!

What version of Office are you trying to install (e.g, 2003 or 2007)?

Have you changed any file permission settings or "Taken Ownership" of any folders/files?

The "scan disk" that you mentioned running... was it "sfc /scannow"? If not, click on START | type cmd.exe in the Start Search box | right-click on cmd.exe | select Run as Admin

In the screen that comes up type the following:

sfc /scannow (space after sfc) - press ENTER

Let this run. Try Office re-install.

Good Luck. . .


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An error accurred while attempting to create the directory C:\Program Files\Common Files
wont let me install some programs like msn i dunno why..

A:error accurred while attempting to create the directory C:\Program Files\Common Files


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I want to compare two directories on Netware 6. I have been told to use NWCheck. Can anyone tell me how I go about using it?


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I've been troubleshooting issues with my pc all week (0x8e BSOD mostly and a registry recover message on start up). I have narrowed it down to my RAM, processor, or motherboard (specs below). This is also a week old install of XP Pro.

During testing one of my memory sticks to see if it was the faulty one, I was trying to open Winamp and it came up with some script error, followed by a notification in the system tray to run chkdsk. I OK'd all that out, and scheduled a chkdsk. I opened my Explorer (right clicked Start and Explore) and went into Program Files...and nothing was there but Windows junk (Messenger, WMP, and so forth). There was only about 7 of these folders, and I noticed my virus scanner (Avast!) was not in the systray, nor was my firewall icon.

So, I clicked on the Avast! shortcut and an error came up saying the link is invalid yada yada Press OK to delete. I tried other shortcuts...some worked but others gave the same error.

Any ideas how all those files went Adios but some programs that are supposed to be in there still work? I have already done chkdsk /r in Recovery console, and tried to restore my pc back a few days (It runs, but it says it cannot restore it). I really want to blame one of the memory sticks for this, but somehow they are checking out ok by themselves.

Mobo- AOpen AK77-400N
Processor- AMD XP 2400+
ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 8x
Memory- G Skill 2 GB PC3200 DDR400 (two 1 GB sticks)
Windows XP Pro SP3

A:Nothing in Program Files directory

is it the same when in safe mode? if you can get into Avast! set it to do a full scan on startup...It looks like it could be a virus to me. Have you checked to see what processes are running?

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When I start up my laptop I receive the error that my directory\program files is corrupt and unreadable. I am directed to run the Chkdsk utility. I cannot run this utility. When I try i am told that I do not have authority to run it although I am the only user on this computer. If I try to run it as a scheduled mainenance it does not run. Any one have this problem and how did you fix it?

A:Directory\Program files is corrupt

Hello Ray, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a System Restore at boot using a restore point dated before this error may be able to fix it for you. If not, then you may need to reinstall Vista.

Hope this helps,

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I have a program files directory on my e:\ that I use to install most of my applicaitons to as it is much larger than my c:\ partition.

However I cannot write or delete anything from this folder now, and I cannot open an application I have been using for ages either, and this is how I noticed it. I have scanned my machine using Panda Titanium 2007, Adaware and AVG anti spyware, and nothing suspect shows up but I presume it is something malicious.

Has anyone got any ideas? It is only this directory that is giving me trouble and today is the first time this has shown up. I am logged in as the same profile I always use.

Win 2000 machine.

Here is the hijackthis log...... Any help appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:58:19, on 10/10/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
E:\Program Files\TPSrv.exe
E:\Program Files\pavsrv50.exe
E:\Program Files\AVENGINE.EXE
e:\program files\firewall\PNMSRV.EXE
e:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
E:\Program Files\PavFnSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
E:\Program Files\PsImSvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system... Read more

A:Cannot write to program files directory

Anyone please? I can't open most of the applicaitons I have installed to that directory. It was ok a couple of days ago, and I haven't noticed anything else changing.

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After fighting with my machine all day to try to get it to boot, I ended up doing a reinstall over top of my existing windows xp installation. When I finally got my machine back up and running, everything in my program files directory was gone, though I did not have more free space on my machine than I did before. Any idea where windows is hiding my program files, and any idea how I can get them back?

A:Program Files directory wiped out

Anybody have any ideas on this? I'm kind of stuck here.

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OK so built new computer and was suggested by tech at ncix that i have two hard drives. 1ssd for operating system 120G and one for all other crap, programs software games etc.. 2TB. Did that and have about 70g filled on ssd with operating system and some other stuff and want now to have ALL other software etc installed on 2TB drive. I have read other forums and have changed setting as per instructions on other forums as in regedit and changing programfilesdir and programfilesdirx86 from C which is my ssd to E which is 2TB. the programs that i now install seem to install on E as from what i can see but now for some reason shortcut icons on destop will error saying path does not exist in C drive. after reading a couple of threads on this site i noticed that someone else has same problem and changed another file in regedit called programw6432dir as well. i have not made that change yet. should i? will that fix the error path message? it also affected my internet explorer when i go to use it from the start menu and with the path error message from those programs destop icon logos they no longer show up as the logo it was before but a generic logo with no discription. Just so you all know i am running windows7pro64 amd8core 32gigram. i am a novice as for computers and all the setting and all. Please email me back with advice to solve my problem at: ****



A:windows 7 changing program files directory

Hello toomuchbeer and welcome to TSF,

There are a few ways to do this...

Custom installation paths and utilization of Windows 7 Libraries.

The easiest way is to specify installation paths when installing programs. Most installable programs will allow you to chose a non-standard installation path.

Also, Windows 7 libraries allow you to access your documents and media files from multiple locations. When you add a location to your library, opening "Documents" for example, will show you items in your Documents folder AND the added location.

This is the way I would suggest to do things.. It requires a bit more attention, but your main OS files and updates will easily fit on the 120GB SSD. And you can still install programs that you want to launch with SSD speeds in the default location...

Also.... I suggest moving the paging file to the HDD...
Right click Computer
Select Properties
On the left of the screen select Advanced System Settings
Select the Advanced Tab
Select Settings in the Performance box
Select the Advanced Tab
Select Change in the Virtual Memory box.
Deselect Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
Select the C: Drive (Windows installation)
Select No Paging File
Select the secondary HDD.
Select either System Managed size or Custom Size. (note: By selecting Custom size, it allows you to set a static size for your paging file... This can increase performance, but be careful not to set the size too low... I suggest a min... Read more

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I have gone back to try to find the answer to this question but I have not seen it answered here yet.

I just did a clean install of a 120Gb HD on an old lappy (Compaq Presario V2000) which I want to donate to a student. I wish to have the XP Pro on the C:\ Partition 1 and then for all other files to automatically search to find the D:\ Partition 2 when they are being installed.

As it is now the files try to load everything on the C drive. My C drive is 12Gb and D drive is 118Gb roughly speaking. I have seen answers about moving directories in registry ProgramDir but I do not see one in this XP Pro SP3 install. Also I do not want any of the Windows files to stop working, like Outlook Express etc.

What I do want is for all new software to install on D drive and not C.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:How to redefine the location of the Program Files directory C: to D:

You cannot, change the drive letter of the boot partition (the one that contains the Windows XP program files). Program Files must still be on C:
But you can change the Default Install file location to a Different Drive letter.

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I'm having several issues; I've thoroughly messed up my computer in the span of the past hour. I'll try to explain as quickly as possible. I'm on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and I have an SSD boot device with all of my files on a HDD. I edited the registry keys forever ago to move my program files directory to the HDD (both 64-bit and 32-bit to the same directory, and yes, I edited both the 64-bit and 32-bit registries), and it's worked just fine.
Installed final version of IE 10, had the same issue I had with the release preview (doesn't run--crashes a few seconds after the window opens)
Some programs run from the SSD even though I changed the Program Files directory to the HDD, so I copied the new Internet Explorer files from the HDD to the appropriate locations on the SSD, including overwriting ieproxy.dll (lots of fun to do, believe me). Didn't work, so I uninstalled IE 10 (which causes it to revert to IE 9), and rebooted as part of that process.
After rebooting, IE did absolutely nothing, but now all folders in Windows Explorer open in a new window when double-clicked. I have done everything I could find to fix this (including checking the registry entries at HKCR\Folder\shell and others). Nothing has worked.
Ran sfc /scannow, and it found and fixed errors. Rebooted but the problem persists and my program files directory (previously H:\Program Files) has renamed itself to H:\Program Files (x86), but the old directory can still be navigated to directly, and the old directory i... Read more

A:Program Files directory renamed itself, among other related issues

Having the 2 folders is totally normal. So what other problems are you having ?

Why are you changing the program files to the hdd, it defeats the purpose of using a ssd for it`s speed.

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Have a Windows 7 computer with almost 300,000 files in the %temp% dir and wanted to know if anyone had a suggestion on how to determine which program is creating all these files.  Looked under properties and didn't see any info, but maybe there is a way to generate a log of which file writes to the directory?
Any help you could provide would be appreciated.  Thanks.

A:Determine which program is creating files in the %temp% directory

Sysinternals Process Monitor can help you identify which processes create files in your temp directory. You have to set an appropriate filter so that you don't drown in the vast amount of log data.

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Hi, I work in a computer repair shop, and I've recently had two computers come in separately with the same very odd problem. What appears to have happened is that something has deleted most (but not all) of the folders within the Program Files and Program Files (x86) directories. A secondary symptom is that the start menu is also almost or completely empty. Files remain associated with the removed programs, and they appear to have been simply deleted rather than uninstalled. When the first machine came in I thought perhaps this was user error, but having seen a second identical but unrelated instance that now seems unlikely. The second user said it occurred around the time she was installing Norton 360 (in fact, the disk was still in her drive). I've checked in both cases and:
- The hard drives were healthy
- The folders were deleted, not hidden.

Anyone heard of a virus being the cause of something like this? I've done some extensive googling, and found a few people mentioning similar symptoms as far back as 2002, but no explanations.

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I don't know where all the space in my C: is going. Is there a program that searches for files of a large size or lists files according to their size?

A:Is there a program that searches a drive or given directory for large files?

The following is freeware and doesn't require installation. It will find the 100 largest files on your drive:

Largest Files Finder

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I have been getting the above error on every 64-bit software I try to install, I also looked at the keys in the registry for CurrentVersion and there is nothing there, which worries me. Is there a way to fix this without reinstalling windows?

A:Internal Error: Failed to get path of 64-bit Program Files directory.

Hi Tom,
from an elevated command mode run

sfc /scannow

Where EXACTLY did you look in the registry,
i'll look at mine


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Mcafee recently told me it had stopped a trojan, but it couldn't delete it until a restart. I clicked "ok" and then another trojan popped up as being stopped. Then another. I wish I wrote down the names, but I didn't and now I can't find them in any kind of Mcafee log. What I do have, however, are 2 files that seem suspicious.I went to Add/Remove New Programs and found a program called "Antiviirus.exe". I didn't know what it was so I tried to uninstall it but couldn't. I did a search and found it in my (C:\Program Files) directory. I went to Program Files, but Windows Explorer immediately encountered a problem and shut down. It only shuts down in this one particular directory. Another suspicious file there is "Instaler.exe." ------------------------------------Antiviirus.exeinstaler.exeI did a quick search for these files and found that they are sometimes variants of:Trojan.DropperTrojan.GorhaxTrojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.keu-------------------------------------I went into the command prompt and deleted both, but the problem still exists - even after several restarts and system scans. Since I still can't open the Program Files folder, I wonder what is still infecting my computer and what it is doing in the background. I have run Spybot, AdAware, A-squared and they all show up with nothing more than few tracking cookies. I tried running Panda online but I can't because I have Vista. I also tried running Housecall but it didn't ... Read more

A:Multiple Trojans / Windows Explorer Error In Program Files Directory

And now there's a new development... Sometimes when I try to run certain programs they don't start. They act like they do (and they even show up in my processes) but they never actually open on the desktop. And my computer isn't freezing or slowing down - these files just don't open.I tried AIM, Firefox, and Google Talk Installer. None of which opened.After a restart, I got Firefox to work but still not Google Talk Installer. I didn't try AIM again, I deleted it before the restart.Even in safemode, I can't get McAfee to open. (It does in normal mode, though)------------------------------------------And my processes now show a new file that wasn't there before. It's a known TROJAN called:Wininit.exe------------------------------------------NEW HIJACKTHIS LOG Please helpLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:23:10 AM, on 3/22/2008Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\System32\smss.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\services.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsass.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\winlogon.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exeC:\Windows&#... Read more

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Can you help me? Which Antivirus program is the better? Panda Free Antivirus, Kaspersky Free ESET, Smart Security 8?

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Anyone know of a program which is basically the opposite of a duplicate file finder. Let's say I restored my OS image to the new drive using a backup image and the Win7 DVD, but now the two drives have a different number of files, and a different total space used. If I wanted to scan the two drives to find all the files that are not duplicates, is there a program for that? Or a drive/directory comparison tool which can tell me the differences between the drives. I'm concerned that windows image recovery didn't complete, and some files may be missing or corrupt, even though I can boot into the new drive with no problems.. Just want to make sure I'm not missing some obscure, but key files... thanks!

A:Looking for a program to compare cloned drives

I found a program, http://ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en FastCopy. I have compared the two drives, and found ~800MB worth of files not found on the newer drive (2768 files or so). If I posted the log, would someone be able to browse it to see if I'm missing anything important. Some of it is browser cache and temp files, but some isn't...

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First Post. I am looking for a SW tool that I can use to do a registry compare on Vista. Regview is a program that works with XP but does not fair well with Vista. Anyone have any ideas?

A:Looking for Program that will compare Registries for Vista

This is a system inpector, which will tell you the registry entries, and another snapshot can be taken to compare.

It will also provide a diagnostic (green is good, red is bad)
ESET SysInspector

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I need some help in figuring out how to copy a whole bunch of files from a directory tree to a single directory. I looked at all the xcopy switches, but none of them look like they will do what I want it to do. If I use the /S switch, it will keep the directory structure. Any ideas?

A:Help with copying files from a directory tree to a single directory

Do you have XP up & started? Why not just go into explorer, highlight all you need (CTRL + A to highlight everything), copy & paste?

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I have a 10 files that have all been categorised into about 40 folders. These files have been damaged.
I have a backup of all these files, but they are not categorised and sit in a single directory.

Does anyone know of an easy technique to batch replace the damaged files with the originals?

Cannot find any apps to do such a task.

A:Replace files in multiple directory, from a single directory

Easy one:

Built in command part of Windows. Open an elevated Command Prompt and type:

replace /?
Here is how:

Folder with Backup files:


Folders with corrupt files:


Replace c:\data\backup\*.* e:\finance\statements /s

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I ha the same problme with double program Files directory. One is the nromal directory, the other contains the same subdirectories but when accessed the message is that attached

A:Double directory "Program Files" win 7 32

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I need to compare 2 very large folders. One is a backup of the other, so I expect them to be identical, but I want to verify that each file is truly identical (byte for byte).

The folders have many subfolders and thousands of files, some over 1GB is size. So the solution must operate as fast as possible so it doesn't take days.

All I need to know is if there are any differences, and if so, which files are different. I don't need to know what is different within any files. If a file is different, I'll deal with that manually.

How can I do this? I'm fine using tools built into Windows 7 SP1, or using a piece of free software.

A:Program (or method) to compare two large folders

Well you could use copy changed files to get a report of files that exist in one directory but not the other.

Here's a comparison of my 64bit Programs directory compared with a mounted system image backup copy.

Test copy with no files actually moved.
So that's 8000+ files in each 2.5Gb directory compared in about 30 seconds.

If you use binary compare it will be a little slower.

Another utility I use is WinMerge but it's not really fast when comparing huge directories.

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I have a paper to write. I am not looking for someone to write it. I just not sure on how to approach it. My professor wants us to do a comparison between anti-malware, anti-spyware and firewalls.

well,spyware is malware so my question is how would you compare a firewall to an anti-ware program?

what should I focus on?

A:compare a firewall to an anti-ware program?

Malware is the catch-all term for any undesirable software. Like fake antivirus programs, for example. These programs market themselves via pop-ups telling you that your PC is infected with gazillions of viruses and prompt you to download and scan. Once installed, they pester you with fake warnings until you pay for their non-functional antivirus.

Spyware covers things like screen scrapers that take snapshots of your screen, keyloggers that capture everything typed and password stealers which are specialized keyloggers that capture only account logins.

I believe wikipedia has a lot of info on these 3 subjects.

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So i have 3 files i cannot delete after uninstalling a game. I also cannot rename the folder they are in without windows explorer not responding and i have to restart explorer.

I did take ownership method but that froze up to. I went into safe mode, and tried it that way - also didn't delete, it equally froze up.

I have attached an image of the delete attempt - it just gets stuck like that.

I'm out of options - please advise on what i should do ?

A:Files won't delete in directory - can't rename the directory either

What is drive F? Is it a flash drive?

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What is the best way to do a byte by bye comparison of two large files - Windows 10 64 bit.

There is an FC command but when run in the Power Shell I think it wants to do a 'Format Custom'!

A:How to compare two files.

Try Winmerge.


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I want to compare folders to folders. For example I have folder 1 that has folders of music inside and folder 2 that has folders of music inside. I want a program that will compare the two folders and provide a list of duplicates and non duplicates. I assume a program that does this will also do it on a file level.

Can windows or a windows utility do this?
What are some suggestions programs to do this?

A:How to compare files in folders?

Something like this should work:
FreeFileSync | Free Security & Utilities software downloads at SourceForge.net

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I'm looking for Freeware to find the differences between two text files .. For Windows 7
Any Suggestions ???

A:Solved: Compare Text Files

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Can someone tell me if there is a way to write a batch file to compare the dates of 2 files and if they are not the same return a txt file? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

A:Solved: Batch to compare files

This link may help you. This guy uses a batch file to compare the dates of two files. If the one on his pc is newer, he copies it to the server for backup.


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Boy oh Boy do I love dealing with out of sync mailboxes.
End User e-mails out of iPhone, iPad, Office Desktop, and a Laptop.
End User's mail host is Google Business
After syncing her Google Business Account, she found that at least 1 e-mail is missing from her account.
We have her original PST file  << Was missing many e-mails from Google Business
We synced her account so all e-mails in Google Business apps are on all devices
Somehow it was found that e-mail(s) are still missing

Essentially, we need a tool to compare 2 PST files, export which mail is missing from her Business Apps, and sync the missing apps to Google Business so all mail across all devices are all the same.
So the golden question, is there a tool that will compare PST files and show duplicates/non-duplicates?

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I have two Font Folders.
I need to Compare them and see what’s missing in one of the folders ... Or what's different.

Any recommended Free software I can use ??

A:Solved: Compare Files in Folders ??

WinMerge (Open Source) you can use it to compare contents of files and content of folders.

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Do you guys know any freeware to compare a PDF file with all the web text files out there and look for similarities, like those anti-plagiarism softwares?

Thanks in advance.

A:Software to compare text files

Your best bet is just to manually Google a few key phrases from the pdf and see what turns up.

However if you wish to do it properly, the database required for such an endeavour is massive and there are only a few companies out there who have enough indexed to make it worthwile.

http://turnitin.com/ - is probably the best, however it is designed for use by schools/universities rather than individuals and I think it may be too expensive for what you require.

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Is there a way to compare two files of the same format? I.e. A plain text file or a .rtf?

I've tried using Difference but with no luck.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

A:Google Drive - Compare files

Welcome to TSG. Hope you get some help and provide others with help! Thats how the community works.

The best thing I've used is software called Beyond Compare There is a 30 day free trial. Doesn't have all the bells and whistles but its a great product.

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Can Winmerg compare video files ?

I tried to compare 2 video files to check see if the same.

But it takes very long to compare ?
It took too long so I cancelled it.
If I waited longer would it work to compare the two files ?

The files are avi files, about 700 megs.

Can it be done ?


A:Winmerg compare video files ?

You might want to try their forum..

Most of us don't know about WinMerge and won't be able to provide much support.

You could just try playing them side by side, too.


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Hello folks,

I wonder how can someone compare two folders and delete unique files from one folder out of the two.

In ideal case, I am looking for an utility that will look similar to CloneSpy (http://www.clonespy.com/images/screen.png) but instead of deleting duplicate, will delete Unique files from one folder.

Many thanks in advance.

A:compare the folders, delete unique files

Quote: Originally Posted by fuzzychicken

Hello folks,

I wonder how can someone compare two folders and delete unique files from one folder out of the two.

In ideal case, I am looking for an utility that will look similar to CloneSpy (http://www.clonespy.com/images/screen.png) but instead of deleting duplicate, will delete Unique files from one folder.

Many thanks in advance.

Directory Compare appears to provide what you want. See the first link for details about the software and use the second link to download if it provides a solution;

Directory Compare - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

The Portable Freeware Collection - Directory Compare


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I’m hoping there is a formula within EXCEL that will allow me to complete this comparison. I’ve been working on it all day manually and realize it will take a long time to complete this way.
My computer is running on Windows 7 Home Premium and my EXCEL is 2010
I have two different files and within each are three columns of data that I need to compare. They’re labeled NC, NCI, and SECNCI
To be considered a “match” I need all three fields within a row to match exactly to a row within the other file. The first file called REQUEST NET FILE has over 37000 rows of data so naturally there will be many repeats of these same three fields in that file, but each row where the three fields match any row of data on the second file called DEPLOYED TABLE FILE needs to be the same to be considered a match.
If it doesn’t match, if possible, I’d also like to know why. This could fall into two different scenarios.
NCI/SECNCI combo not on deployed table for this NC
Once complete, I’ll run the same process in reverse so both files will end up with a match or no match next to each row.
If I need to run two separate compares, one to get the match, and then one on just the “no match” results to find the second bit of info, I can do that. Or if the second criteria can’t be found via excel formula, just the “match” “no match” result will be acceptable, as that will save me so much time.
I was thinking a vlookup could do the compare for me, but ... Read more

A:EXCEL 2 files compare data in 3 columns

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Most comparison software available to compare two different files highlights the DIFFERENCES, but I only want to highlight SIMILARITIES.

I am looking for a FREEWARE (Windows) that highlights only the similarities between two Word documents. What I need is freeware that will highlight exactly the series of words or sentences which have been 'lifted' from another Word document.

Thank you!

A:Software recommendation: Compare two files and highlight similarities

It appears Microsoft Office 2007+ can do this natively.

Quote: Originally Posted by CharlesJBarry

Microsoft added a few neat features into Word 2007 that allows you to do this kind of thing.
The first lets you open two word documents and then view them side by side. When you scroll through one, it scrolls through the other too.
The second is actually a compare feature that compares two documents, and opens a third window that shows all of the changes. It's really a neat little tool. It also lets you merge two documents into one.
The "View Side by Side" button can be found in the Window group on the View tab.
The "Compare" button can be found in the Compare group on the Review tab.

Source: Microsoft Word Tip: How to compare two documents for differences (check comments)

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I have copied one folder that contains total 67 GB of files and folders to an another harddisk with the free Unstoppable Copier utility(very good-5 stars).

This program reports that one file isnt copied. But I dont know which file isnt copied.

I have tried these freeware softwares below and wrote why not satisfied with results:
FileCompare v1.5.3.26 www.steelbytes.com (genertes error and stops working)
FreeCommander (not compares subfolders recursively)
FileCommander (very slow comparing, I dont wait)

Have you got any software name or one script to find my not copied file?

Thank you.
Note: Unstoppable Copier saves every file name in one log file but there are 35000 line file names. Successfully copied files log line contains - OK character string at the end of the line.
You can suggest me a trick that displays the line that not contain - OK character string.

A:Solved: how to compare files and folders recursively in two different directories?

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Hi there -

Thanks in advance for helping.

Here's the situation:
I have TWO excel files
'FILE A' ... Has a full list of over 2,000 entries, each with a unique ID in the far-left column ('A')
'FILE B' ... Has a list of 400 entries with their respective IDs (that are found within the 2,000)
I need to compare the data found in File B with that in File A. If they appear in both files, I want a '1' to appear in the cell next to it

Here's what I need:

In Column 'B' of "FILE A", I need a formula that will do the following:
=If A2 is found in the first column in "FILE B", then show '1', if not show nothing

Does anyone have a solution? I am not certain if a VLOOKUP is the possible solution, and if so, I cannot figure out the correct formula.

Thanks again,


A:EXCEL Question - Compare Data across two files, and if found return with a '1'

I am not certain if a VLOOKUP is the possible solutionClick to expand...

should be and then use a IF statement - to test if the vlookup is true or not

something like
where xxxxx is the end of the row range
will do the lookup

use ISERROR to test if true of false

and then an IF to add the 1


are both files open ?

this is just on two sheets, as an example here


so if there is an error - ie cannot find the lookup then as its true it returns nothing "" if it is true it returns 1

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A:How can i find the program directory for a certain program?

Use Windows Search.

Most programs are installed into c:\program files

what program are you referring to.

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I'm starting to collect CD's at an alarming rate and when I want to locate something it is taking hours to find a file.
Is there a way or a program that can put all CD directories and files in one giant file so that you can do a search without sticking each CD in a drive?? This seems like an interesting project but I don't want to start writting a program if they are availiable..

A:CD directory program

How about this Free CD Catalog application?

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