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delete .crdownload file on Mac

April 19, 2011 at 06:33:12
Specs: Macintosh
I've downloaded a torrent from using google chrome and it appeared on my desktop with the extension .torrent.crdownload. Now I can't delete it or move it or change the extension, it just says it's not possible to do it... Please someone help me!
Thanks for your help

Filipa Pimentel

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April 23, 2011 at 14:09:32
First of all, *make sure* that you download *legal* torrents. Illegal torrents have *serious* consequences, including legal action, malware (e.g. viruses), and other issues. However, let's solve your problem:

- If you are on OS 9, you can try holding down option, and dragging it to the Trash. Then, open the Special menu, and hold the option key whilst holding Empty Trash.

- If you are on OS X, you most likely do not have proper permissions to delete the file. Restart the computer before going through the steps. We're going to have to go through a *lot* of steps to fix it this way:

1) Switch to the Finder by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock.
2) Open the Go menu, and click Utilities.
3) Scroll down, and open Terminal.
4) At the shell, type in sudo -s and press return.
5) Type your password (you will not see it!) and press return again.
6) Type in passwd root. Type in the new root password. You will not see it. Press return. Type it again. Press return.
7) Quit Terminal.
8) Open the Apple menu on the very top, left corner of the screen.
9) Open System Preferences.
10) Open Accounts.
11) Unlock the preference pane with the padlock icon.
12) Click Login Options. You will need users to type their name and password (this option name will vary by version.)
13) Log out.
14) Log in with username "root" and the password you used.
15) Now, let's finish this up with one last, big step. Open the Finder. Go to the hard disk. Open the Users folder, then open your user name. Open the Desktop folder. Hold down option, and drag the file to the Trash. From the Finder menu, select Secure Empty Trash, to disable any application process locks on the file that would be there, even if you held Option down on regular Empty Trash (which only deals with locked files in OS X, unlike OS 9).

We're almost done! Now, you will need to disable the root account to keep your system somewhat secure again. See this Apple knowledge base article here: Enable/disable root account. Now, you can open System Preferences, then Accounts, and revert back to the original way of logging in again if you wish, but your problem should be solved. Make sure you open Utilities from the Go menu in the Finder, select Disk Utility, and Repair Disk Permissions to ensure this same kind of error does not occur again.

This should effectively solve your problem. If you happen to need more assistance, let me know. Thank you for using's been a pleasure to assist you today. :)

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