Windows 10: Can I Delete GEAR Software Folder? Solved

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  1.    20 May 2018 #1

    Can I Delete GEAR Software Folder?

    In my C>ProgramData folder there's a folder with a random-character meaningless name. It contains a folder called x64 and a file called GEARDIFx. The most recent date on any of this stuff is 2013. I think the whole thing is video related, but I don't know if it's really needed. Can I safely delete this stuff? Thanks.
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  2.    21 May 2018 #2

    Here's the best explanation of GEARDIFx.exe I can find: GEARDIFx.exe | Norton Community. Looks like it's related to using Norton backup to optical media (CDs & DVDs). If you're not using this capability, there should be no difficulty removing it from your system.
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  3.    21 May 2018 #3

    EdTittel, thanks for your response. Somebody else mentioned Norton, but I've never had it on my system. I'll probably change the folder name a little and wait and see what happens. In the meantime, I'll wait a little longer and see what anybody else has to say. Thanks again.
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  5.    22 May 2018 #5

    Thanks, pepanee, for responding.

    I looked at your link, but I'm not sure it really tells me anything of substance.

    A caveat to my statement that I never had Norton on my system. My custom-built computer was custom built on or about 9-13-13. That's the latest date shown in these files/folders, although there's a date from the previous year. The people who built my computer put stuff on it that I took off, like a Malwarebytes (MWB) product. I guess it's conceivable that they put Norton on there, but I don't remember it like I remember the MWB thing.

    At any rate, I changed the top folder name a little so it can't be found. I'll let that sit for awhile and see what happens. In the meantime, I'll still entertain any more comments anybody has to offer. Thanks.
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  6.    22 May 2018 #6

    Do please keep us informed about what you observe, and how things turn out. From what you've already posted, indications seem pretty encouraging that you can do away with the files.
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  7.    16 Jun 2018 #7

    Nothing bad has happened since I changed the folder name. I'll be deleting this thing this weekend. Thanks to the two people who responded.
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  8.    18 Jun 2018 #8

    You're welcome. Sometimes, the Windows troubleshooting process involves a bit of cautious "trial-and-hope-there's-no-errors" experimentation. Glad yours apparently worked out for you. Good job!
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       21 Jun 2018 #9

    Hi. Sorry for the late reply. The reason why I posted my comment from above is because when I search here:
    GEARDIFx - Bing

    I see this paragraph above the search results:
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  10.    21 Jun 2018 #10

    pepanee, thanks for the update.
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