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Thank You Maurice - I'll give it a try

BTW: Reason for concern I noticed a strange random folder that was created in my storage drive that has random numbers and its 'locked' - wondering how it got there? I'm told it was put there due to a windows update for Windows 7? Apparently 'Normal' - 'Safe'   ??

Thanks Maurice 😯

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From your description of the folder, it does indeed sound like what is typically created by a Windows Update or some other legitimate software installation (some drivers and other legit software create such folders to store their extracted files during installation and keep them there as backups in case they are needed later should you need to do a repair installation of the software/update).

You can most likely check it without altering the security/permissions on the folder if you open Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC on your keyboard and selecting the Processes tab and clicking Show processes from all users at the bottom then clicking File at the top and selecting New Task (Run)... then checking the box next to Create this task with administrative privileges then clicking the Browse... button and navigating to the locked folder's location and trying to open it (that browse window will now have administrative permissions so that you should most likely be able to open the folder from there and see what's inside without altering the folder's permissions/security).

Additionally, you should be able to right-click on the drive or folder and select Scan with Malwarebytes.  If that option is not available then please open Malwarebytes and navigate to Settings>Application and toggle the setting off and then on again under Windows Context Menus then restart your system and the option should return.  If it does not, then please try the following to perform a clean installation of Malwarebytes and it should return after it is complete:

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14 hours ago, CarpenterMate said:

Scanned all the storage drives and WALLA - No Threats detected!

Something to keep in mind.... Malwarebytes consumer version will not scan "network drives", if its an attached USB drive on the local computer or a second hard drive, then yes it will scan those.

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