I think I said earlier, it's possible whatever PDF handling software you have is "hooking" it.
Or maybe your backup software is doing the same thing.
Without my having to read everything posted again did you try this is Safe Mode?
Best left now to Selvan
McAfee's Project Team have been in contact earlier to-day and have booked a remote access session with me for Wednesday, 9th August; it has only taken them FIVE weeks to respond!!
Good news. They are going through a staff purge so am surprised anyone got back quite honestly.
After a 7 day delay, I finally had my remote access session with a tech from McAfee's Project Team earlier this evening, with a glimmer of success.
He went through everything that the 2nd-line tech did all those weeks ago, and came to the following conclusions -
1. none of my 'test files' were open in another apps / processes;
2. all file permissions and user profiles are as they should be;
3. files could not be shredded using 'right-click option' on the files in File Explorer;
4. if these same files were put in a temporary folder, the folder and files could be shredded directly from Total Protection (i.e. not 'right-clicking' the folder); and,
5. other users are experiencing issues shredding files from File Explorer, although for different reasons, when running on a clean install of Windows 10 v1703.
As it stands at the moment, I have a work-around to my issue (#4 above) and the tech took copious logs and my test files to reproduce the issue on one of their own PCs running a clean install of Windows 10 v1703.
So there you have it, there IS a bug in Total Protection, and my sanity has at last been restored!!!
I will keep you posted as to the outcome of this issue.
Well things are (slowly) getting there I guess.
All the best and thanks for the update.
It looks like the 3rd-line tech did most of his testing on Internet Security, and NOT Total Access!!!!
I woul;dn't have thought it would make much of a difference, but they/you know best.
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