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All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

(OP)
Just noticed the VFP9 folder is completely gone from the program folder along with the shortcut for it and some other shortcuts.
Don't use it much anymore and just noticed it was missing.
It also deleted a lot of old restore points.
Not even sure what all I'm missing, probably VFP6 too.
Anyone else ever had this issue and/or what caused it and can I get them back?
I'm assuming it was McAfee and I recently renewed my subscription.
I changed the settings in McAfee to not do this again (I think).
Who at McAfee thought that was a good idea?

Thanks,

Auguy
Sylvania/Toledo Ohio

RE: All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

I can't think of any reason that McAfee - or any other AV program - would delete an entire folder without warning. At the very least it would log the deletion. Have you checked the logs?

Sorry, but it's much more likely that you accidentally deleted it yourself.

Mike

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Mike Lewis (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Visual FoxPro articles, tips and downloads

RE: All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

I've never had any Antivirus software restore to any restore points.
At all, also not interactively asking for it.

Besides I don't remember restore points of the OS changing more than some core Windows system folders, but NOT Program Files nor Program Files (x86).
Are you talking of Windows making restore points or doing system images? The latter, of course, turn back everything on a drive including Documents and installed software.
Windows 10 only does system images, when you change to the Windows 7 Backup&Restore options. It still includes that as a way to restore backups and system images made with Win7. All this is not really replacing a good backup software, and Antivirus should have nothing to do with that.

Are you looking into the right path? recommended installation paths are differing from Program Files and include besides other installation into C:\Users\Public. If you even don't find vfp9.exe it'll be hard to find out where HOME() will point to. The registry may know within HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualFoxPro\9.0\Options.

Bye, Olaf.

Olaf Doschke Software Engineering
https://www.doschke.name

RE: All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

(OP)
Boy anything is possible but I haven't been in the program folders in a long time.
And I sure didn't delete my shortcuts to VFP9 or re-arrange them.
Nothing in my recycle bin either for any VFP files.
Were you talking about the McAfee logs?
What I could find had no useful info.




Auguy
Sylvania/Toledo Ohio

RE: All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

(OP)
"VisualFoxPro" is not found in the registry.
"VFP9.exe" is not found on the drive.

I certainly didn't uninstall it.

What the heck happened to my computer?

There are two restore points, maybe I can restore but not sure that will get everything back.

Auguy
Sylvania/Toledo Ohio

RE: All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

You will find HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft, if there is no VisualFoxPro node, that means one of four things:

1. That computer never saw any installation of VFP
2. VFP was uninstalled
3. You/someone/something restored a system image, not just a restore point, which is an image of the drive before VFP was installed.
4. You look into the wrong computer.

Especially what you feared, deleting the folder and&or shortcut, wouldn't also delete that registry branch, only a fully-fledged deinstall would do that, or never having had an installation.

And again, restore points are caring about system DLLs, the system32 and syswow64 folders, for example, the assemblies in the GAC and some more that are really only system relevant, not any software installed. You can do a restore point manually, install some game or shareware and then restore that restore point and the game/software you installed afterward will still be there, restore points are not fully putting a drive or partition back to a previous state. It's safe to test this as the worst thing that can happen is you get back to the starting point of that experiment.

Bye, Olaf.

Olaf Doschke Software Engineering
https://www.doschke.name

RE: All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

(OP)
Thanks for the help guys.
I'm still baffled.

I installed and have been using VFP9 on this computer for almost 2 years.
I've been using Fox Pro since the early days when I could drive 5 minutes to Perrysburg and pickup my updates.
Heck I even know one of the founders sons.
So I don't think I accidentally uninstalled it.
I'm the only one who has access to this computer.

My compiled Fox Pro apps still run as I have the run times in their folders, but the shortcuts I had for these are also missing.

The only thing I found in my investigation was a restore point that was created early last Sunday morning at the time McAfee did an update.
It also deleted my old restore points which I have found is part of their update process.

Time to move on (Heavy Sigh).
I guess I will re-install.

Auguy
Sylvania/Toledo Ohio

RE: All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

Quote:

I could drive 5 minutes to Perrysburg and pickup my updates.
Heck I even know one of the founders sons
.

I vaguely remember us talking about that. It must have been quite a few years ago. Didn't you mention that you knew Dave Fulton? Or am I imagining that.

Mike

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Mike Lewis (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Visual FoxPro articles, tips and downloads

RE: All VFP 9 Program Folders and Files Missing - McAfee or Windows 10

(OP)
Ha, that was a long time ago.
I knew Richard LaValley's son, his daughter and mine were in a some sort of girls group together.
If I remember correctly I talked to Chris Williams quite a few times too.
They were always surprised when I showed up to pick up my updates myself instead of having them mailed.

Auguy
Sylvania/Toledo Ohio

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