files that won't delete

February 27, 2006 at 03:13:33
Specs: Windows XP, 40 GB
I also have an unwanted file that won't delete, but this one won't even let me view it's properties or change it's name. I can't even move it. It's file name is really bad, and you see it as soon as you open MY DOCUMENTS, I've tried eveything but nothing works. What should I do?

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February 27, 2006 at 03:43:16
Select it and then press Shift+Delete.

If that aint working, keep the location of the file in mind, boot up in Command Prompt, navigate to that folder(cd <directory_name>) and then delete it(del <filename>)

That should solve it.

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February 27, 2006 at 04:20:36
sorry but that shift delete thing didn't work and the command prompt didn't either, maybe it's infected or something?

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February 27, 2006 at 04:33:45
Try this one:

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February 27, 2006 at 06:27:52
Maybe the file you are trying to delete has something related to it running as a process in task manager... if it is then you'll need to 'end process' for the process and then try to delete it again..

You could also try running a full Virus scan, I've had virus related files that wouldn't let me delete them as they were running in the registry.

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February 27, 2006 at 07:39:28
You should be able to remove it in safe mode - As hawkinsa21 says you may want to try & find the process that's using it so you can get rid of that as well.

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February 27, 2006 at 10:28:42
I would also make sure that your internet connection is turned off. If it is a virus of some kind, it is probably running in the background sending packets of data to its mothership.

If you still cant delete it after you have tried all of the above threads, I would move My Documents to another folder, create a new folder called My Documents and move all of the "good files" into the new My Documents. That way, at least no one will see the dodgy file and will give you more time to work on removing it.

Also, try removing it from the registry and stop all start up programmes except the ones you know are okay.

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February 27, 2006 at 11:31:05
I agree with Richard58, MoveOnBoot is the way to go with removing stubborn files.

Theres no need for Safe Mode, or digging around in the registry at all.

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February 27, 2006 at 11:59:58
You could also try Unlocker
Or Total Uninstall

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