I'm sorry for not getting back sooner.
Thanks to all for your comments/suggestions. You're all very helpful. I'm running Win 7 Pro and using Norton 360 as my standing AV. I run other AV/Malware scanners, but never when Norton is active. My guess (and that's ALL it is) is that it's related to Norton Backups that I have done to a USB stick. Originally, that stick was mapped as my E: drive. At some point in the past an error in my OS (perhaps caused by Norton Backup) has lost the E: drive and now it sees my stick as the F: drive. No E: can be found anymore, and I just shrugged it off. (I know, I know - dumb). I hope that it's not related to my Macrium Reflect image backups that I keep on the same stick ... I may find that out the hard way. So I am going to look into that as well. I have deleted it with CC many times and saw no 'apparent' damage. The error would just return = persistent. I'll try the suggestion from bartholomewking because I LOVE letting utilities making the problem worse. lol Going to look at that link too. Thanks again! - Art
BTW - It seems that the Like function is 'borked'. I've never used it before but it responds with "An error occurred: You have reached your quota of positive votes for the day". You guys should squak because you're 'not getting your due'.