SOVLED! “There Is A File Or Folder On Your Computer Called C:\Program…”

If you run into a File Name Warning message saying “There is a file or folder on your computer called C:\Program…”, it’s highly likely that a third-party program is responsible. To dismiss the message, it’s strongly recommended that you clean boot your PC. Other solutions include performing SFC and DISM scan, running a malware scan, etc. Continue reading to learn what must be done.

The Usual Suspects

In the course of operation, Windows computers could display all sorts of warning messages, still, regarding “There is a file or folder called “C:\Program…”, you should keep the following possibilities in mind.

Third-Party Program

It’s not uncommon for third-party programs nowadays to have a file/folder called Program. The presence of such a file/folder in the C: drive is going to trigger the File Name Warning message in most of the cases. On the bright side, if a third-party program is what gives you a hard time, there is no need to do much.


For your information, if a file is corrupted, it would no longer perform as expected. In the case that corruption exists in system files, it’s only natural for computers to go haywire. You keep coming across the “There is a file or folder called “C:\Program…” message? Then it’s a good idea to add corruption to your list of suspects.


In layman’s terms, if malicious programs manage to make their way into Windows computers, they could mess up many things. Thus, you should take malware into account when warnings appear on your PC from time to time.

How To Dismiss The Message

Clean Boot

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type msconfig and press Enter.
  • Step 2: In System Configuration, go to Services Tab, choose Hide all Microsoft services and select Disable all.
  • Step 3: Go to the Startup tab, hit Open Task Manager and disable everything you see.
  • Step 4: Close Task Manager, return to System Configuration and hit OK to save the changes.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

If the File Name Warning message vanishes following clean boot, you could conclude that a third-party program is the culprit. At that point, all you have to do is to get rid of recently installed apps. After you finish, you could change back to normal startup.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type msconfig and press Enter.
  • Step 2: In System Configuration, pick Normal Startup and click OK.
  • Step 3: Restart your computer.

Note: You know exactly which program is triggering the File Name Warning message but don’t want to uninstall it? In that case, you should rename the Program file/folder of that program.

  • Step 1: Right-click an empty spot on the taskbar and pick Task Manager.
  • Step 2: Look for the troublesome program. If Task Manager shows that the program is running, select it and choose End task.
  • Step 3: Go to the program folder in C: drive, find the Program file/folder and rename it.  For instance, you could change Program into Program1. By doing so, you could get rid of the File Name Warning message and continue using the program.

Perform SFC And DISM Scan

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cmd and hit Run as administrator.
  • Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), type sfc /scannow and press enter to perform SFC scan.
  • Step 3: When the SFC scan completes, type the following commands and press Enter after you finish typing each of them to perform DISM scan.
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Step 4: Close Command Prompt, restart your computer and determine whether the issue persists.

Run A Malware Scan

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, click Update & Security and pick Virus & threat protection in Windows Security.
  • Step 2: Choose Scan options, select Full scan and hit Scan now
  • Step 3: As soon as the process completes, restart your computer.

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