File name without file: how can I delete it?

October 12, 2010 at 07:59:05
Specs: Windows Vista, 2 Ghz/3GB ram
I have some file names that do not refer to any files. They end in a . and say there are 0kb but they can't be deleted or shredded by any program I tried; the response is always that there is no file. It is also impossible to delete the folders they're in. How can I get rid of those filenames?
I'm very grateful for any ideas...

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#1
October 12, 2010 at 08:26:10
What are the file names and in what folder?

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#2
October 12, 2010 at 09:33:20
are you talking about
<dir> .
<dir> .. ?

These are file system placeholders. You can't delete them. They are of no concern.


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#3
October 12, 2010 at 17:53:58
It's a bit embarrassing, that's why i want to get rid of them. I think I may have downloaded some pix from some sort of softporn environment and got rid of them but this stuff stayed there.
They are in the Pictures Folder. File names:
playboy-nicole-whitehead. 0kb
topless-basketball-video. 0kb

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#4
October 13, 2010 at 09:22:51
right mouse click on them in explorer and choose properties then security tab then advanced then ownership.

Take ownership of these folders/files by assigning your user account to them.

Now try to delete them

otherwise
create a text file of the same name and see if you can overwrite the existing file/folder name at which point you should be able to delete it.


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#5
October 13, 2010 at 11:11:40
Thanks for the suggestions. It replies: "The suggested security information is either not available or can't be displayed."
Text file with the same name stands just happily beside it; it doesn't overwrite it...
The problem is that it displays it as a file but there is no file, so it can't be treated as a file...
Btw, in case that says anything: I also tried Properties-Details "Remove Properties and personal information." It gives the name as an option, I can highlite and ok it but nothing happens. Don't know, if this is relevant...

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#6
October 13, 2010 at 14:59:21
Boot to a live cd like debian live or maybe ubuntu or mint and delete them from linux.

It is also time to consider a clean install from OEM disks. Once you get some of that stuff on it is almost impossible to get rid of. There are some rootkits that can't be found by any known method.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#7
October 13, 2010 at 15:05:13
Just try unlocker or dr delete or move on boot. One of those will work to delete the files.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#8
October 13, 2010 at 16:43:24
Thanks jefro & xpuser4real. I installed FileAssasin already and tried to unlock or delete with the files and it says it 'does not exist or is not accessible to FileAssasin.'
What are dr delete and move on boot?
I don't have Linux around now but I'm not even sure if I can install it or any other OS. There is another problem I have: I had a Windows 7 installed as second OS but the drive was all cluttered up with the windows.old file and so I got the bright idea to just format the drive thinking to do a new install. I'm sure somebody finds that funny but at the time it seemed a good move. Now, when I put in an install DVD it doesn't recognize it and still lets me choose between vista and the non-existent 7, an option that I can't get rid off. - In case, one of you knows how to solve that situation, I actually might consider a clean install...
oh boy.... :)

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#9
October 14, 2010 at 14:47:34
You don't install linux. Almost every linux cd now is a live cd. You boot to the cd and do what you want without installing it. Then reboot to ms.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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