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    Default How to Delete MpSigStub.exe?

    Recently, a folder appeared on my hard drive, without me having done anything to make it appear. Its name is a random string of letters and numbers that I shall not bother to memorize, but it contains a single file, called MPSigStub.exe. As far as I can tell, that file has no purpose, but I cannot delete it, even when I use a file shredding program, which greatly bothers me. The file itself is not harming my computer, but it still is annoying, and I do not wish to keep a file that serves no purpose, so is there any way to delete it from my computer? What advice can anyone here offer? Thank you very much.
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    Default Re: How to Delete MpSigStub.exe?

    That is a file used by the Windows updater service.

    It can be deleted, but you must first use the security panel to give yourself permission.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...2cdda3e?auth=1
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    Default Re: How to Delete MpSigStub.exe?

    When I failed to delete the file by right-clicking on it, I simply dragged it to the recycle bin, and that, amazingly, worked. I am not certain why that was any different, but I am glad that it succeeded.
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    Default Re: How to Delete MpSigStub.exe?

    I routinely install a Take Ownership reghack on WinV/7/8/X platforms. It let's you do whatever you want with any files you want, regardless what Microsoft or the OS stubbornly prefers. The downside, of course, is that you can unintentionally change/delete/move something critical and break OS functionality (be careful when using Take Ownership on OS folder trees!) - but mpsigstub.exe is a nonessential chunk of bloat which can be safely removed.

    Install Take Ownership, right-click on the offending file to actually Take Ownership, then happily delete without the slightest peep of protest from Windows. A restart may be needed to terminate a protected process already running in memory.
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