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Cannot delete file - tried everything - file in use by Windows Explorer error

Q: Cannot delete file - tried everything - file in use by Windows Explorer error

Hi - I have tried now for 2-3 hours trying to delete an .mkv file from my "Downloads" folder It says the file is in use by Windows Explorer and cannot be deleted I have tried deleting it using Del command prompt as me and as Administrator (I am the Admnistrator, there are no other users) - no luck I have tried Safe Boot and then deleting - no luck I have tried rebooting many times and then deleting - no luck Any ideas? It's driving me nuts

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A: Cannot delete file - tried everything - file in use by Windows Explorer error

Hi - I have tried now for 2-3 hours trying to delete an .mkv file from my "Downloads" folder It says the file is in use by Windows Explorer and cannot be deleted I have tried deleting it using Del command prompt as me and as Administrator (I am the Admnistrator, there are no other users) - no luck I have tried Safe Boot and then deleting - no luck I have tried rebooting many times and then deleting - no luck Any ideas? It's driving me nuts
Okay, I managed to delete them from my laptop (not the PC) which is part of my Homegroup I could not delete them from my PC - that was very odd Weird at least they are gone now - but this was very strange indeed

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Hi there,Whenever I try to delete a file in my download file, windows explorer stop working. I am currently running an antivirus scan on my laptop and I did so on my download and there was no apparent infections. I run a sfc scan from the cmd.exe and everything was fine. I have got an Hijackthis log Analysis, but I can't interpret it myself. Please can somebody? Thanks in advance.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 21:44:12, on 08/01/2011Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16700)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files\Soluto\soluto.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\BT Broadband Desktop Help\btbb\BTHelpNotifier.exeC:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\FileCenter\Main\FileConvertAgent.exeC:\Program Files\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exeC:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exeC: ... Read more

A:(Hijackthis log Analysis) Whenever I try to delete a file in my download file windows explorer stop working

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. You can subscribe by clicking the Options box to the right of your topic title and selecting Track This Topic.

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Basically the title. Almost every single time i move ANY file or delete any file, the window im in freezes and the progress bar freezes. Now when i create a new folder the window im in freezes also, but i'd say its only 50% of the time. The temporary solution i found was to go to the task bar, end explorer, and restart it using run. Now when i check back on that folder, whatever action I did (ie delete file) does do what i wanted, its just the freezing. I'm looking for a permanent solution to this and any insight would be greatly appreciated.

A:Create New folder, move file, delete file. Explorer Freeze

Hi erod49, try looking in your error logs. You have given a good discription of the problem. Tel us your system specs as well.

To get into your error logs,

Left Click on Start Menu.
Right click on Computer and choose manage.
Click on the event viewer.
You now have loads of options to try and pin down what is happening.
Expand the error tab.
Look for things in the last 24 hours.

Other things to look for are updates, has an update caused this. Has your computer autoupdated any of the motherboard drivers.
Have you tried to restore the computer before the error started or has it always been like that.

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OK, here's a weird one for you:
I have a .txt file that I can see in explorer. When I try to delete it it says "could not find this item"...
It's definitely not a virus. Also no bad sectors or anything like that.
I tried deleting it in safe mode. Didn't work.
Any ideas?

A:Cannot delete file in windows explorer

Hello Bob,

You might see if the free program FileASSASSIN or Unlocker may be able to delete it for you.

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Good Day!

I downloaded a video file from Youtube using IDM. It was downloqded successfully and then I moved the file to a different file location. After that, I opened the file and then my laptop lagged. Then I decided to delete the file. Unfortunately, I can't delete it. And then, Windows Explorer gives me a hard time after I moved that file. Every start up, it will just respond once and when I tried to click something (ex. My Document) It will just load and then not respond. If I close then reopen, I just a Window without anything in it. So I can't open a file anymore. Then, the Perormance Monitor shows 100% CPU usage everytime I open Windows Explorer.
Other installed application like Nero are still usable so I can open a file there. I tried to delete files and then it worked but that video file I downloaded, I still can't delete. It will just show "Recycling (2.3MB) 0 bytes/sec" (something like that) then will not respond.
I assumed that if I was able to delete that file, maybe everything will be Ok again.
So, please help me.
I'm not good in explaining so I hope you get my problem and help me solve it.

Thank you very much!

(OS: Windows Vista Premium)

A:Can't Delete File (Windows Explorer Problem)

That smells like a virus. Scan your system with all the scanners you can put your hand on - especially Malwarebytes - the free version. If you cannot download it normally, try safe mode or download it on another system and put it on a stick. Then run it from the stick - best in safe mode.

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here we go.
So, my brother's family has been visiting in the past couple weeks, and my nephew spent pretty much the entire time on my computer. Anyway, he set a couple torrents to download, and now, when I try to delete one of his downloaded files, or access it, or go into the folder where it's located, I get a message saying that windows explorer is experiencing a problem and needs to shut down, or I get something about an exception priviledged instruction, (0xc0000096) occurred in the application at location 0x04350001. Click okay to terminate, or cancel to debug. Cancel doesn't seem to do anything, and I have absolutely no idea what to do.

Um, so, anyway, if anyone has any information or advice, it'd be greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance!

A:Windows Explorer Keeps Crashing When I Try To Delete A File

Lauren. First are you signed in as Administrato?
Second where is this file located. The Path?
I am not to familar with young ones these days so I need to know if this was a game or something like that he installed?
If so was it on Roxie?

From what I have read the area where this file is like a restricted area
I can not figure out how the file got there but you may want to try and do a search from Start and see if it brings it up and then click onto it from there. You should get access to it then

.Give us the Version of Windows that you are using and also the model.
These errors can be looked up on the Manufacturer

How long is the File name that you want ot get rid of. Sometimes if you assign a long file name your memory can not read it and will cause this to happen.

Do have Photo Shop or Adobe?

Try the suggestions above and then let us know what happens

Thank you Jitaa

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When I try to use the file (tab) of Windows Explorer, to delete history/recent places list/frequent places list; the mouse & keypad won't delete the list of prior opened folders, to clear the list. I 've tried (Advanced Startup) options to re-default
& load the (firmware), but no-luck to get (Delete History) to function properly. Is there a solution other than (refresh) & (reset) the PC, for this problem with File Explorer?
Sincerely: LVP -5/22/2018 - 5:20 PM EST.

Lee Payne

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Hi guys.

My Windows 8 laptop has been playing up a bit recently, most notably with the green ribbon of death problem and a couple of other things to do with indexing. I seem to have fixed the issues, but one thing that is still causing a problem is this one file in my Downloads folder. It is a .wav file which was a free (legal) download from soundcloud. When I first downloaded it (September last year), from what I can remember, it worked fine. Somewhere between then and now it seems to have got corrupted or something. I know it is this file causing the problems because not only will the song not play, it crashes Windows Media Player and crashes Windows Explorer when I try to delete it, move it, rename it etc. I've tried deleting it using Shredder, no luck. I have also tried the Unlocker program to attempt to delete it and it crashed that too. All of these things also happened in Safe mode, so no luck with deleting it there. I also tried deleting it with Command Prompt with no luck. I think that file may have been causing the majority, if not all of the problems I was having before. Earlier today I opened Task Manager and kept it as the first window, and then opened Downloads, clicking on each file one by one while monitoring Windows Explorer's CPU usage. For each file it remained low, well under 10% but then AS SOON as I click on the dodgy file it's CPU usage shot up to 50-70% and caused the green ribbon of death to come back above it. Even after closing Down... Read more

A:Solved: File causes Windows Explorer to go nuts. Cannot delete!

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I have a user with a home driectory that has created a folder with mutliple folders within it. I am not sure how far the direcroty goes, but I have counted to at least 26 directories deep. I cannot delete the parent folder in either explorer, or from the prompt. At the prompt I have tried RD foldername and it says, "Folder not empty". Tried del foldername\*.* with no error and still cannot delete it. Any suggestions?

A:Cannot delete file: File system error(1148), WIN2K

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I hope this is the right place to post this... I have had this issue for a long time now, though, it only applies to video files...

Anytime I try to rename/move/delete certain video files I get the error: "The action can't be completed because the file is open in Windows Explorer"

I have researched this issue many times online and have not found a solution that works (though I did find a program "Unlocker," which worked for a little while, but stopped after a while).

A:Windows Explorer File Help - I can't rename/move/delete certain files.

Forgot to add, when I get the message saying it is open in Windows Explorer, the file wasn't open in any other program...

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After noticing the many hundreds of reported errors of this type I have just got to ask: 
Why isn?t there a fix for it?  I figure it started happening after Windows-8 became available, so MicroSoft now has a patch to cause the system to go into a wait state for 30-60 seconds, every nth time you right click the mouse. 
So how do you disable it?

Allen B. Thompson

A:Windows Explorer: not responding when I right-click a file or folder (to rename, delete, etc..)

start taskmgr and when you have the hang, go to taskmgr, make a rightclick on the explorer.exe process and select "create dump". Zip ad upload the dump.
You can also use ProcessMonitor to see what is the longest operation from the
Explorer.exe during this time:
http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Defrag-Tools/Defrag-Tools-4-Process-Monitor"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

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I may have done something to cause this but here is what is happening.

I download a file to any folder and when I move or delete it the file is still showing in the original folder?

After awhile I go back and it is gone? This never happened before I installed a SSD drive as my main hard drive.

Anyone know how to fix this?

Thank You

A:Windows 7 Windows Explorer still shows file on ssd after delete?

This is not clear. What does this mean ??

After awhile I go back and it is gone?

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I opened a PDF file in notepad then in Word, now all PDF in my windows explorer shows a Word-like icon and file opens automatically in word.  I checked folder options and rebooted the machine, but it still shows that icon.  

How can I get the PDF file type icon back and file opens in Adobe automatically?
Thanks for any tips!

A:How can I get PDF file type icon back in Windows Explorer after I opend the file in Notepad?

Found it -
Control Panel > Default Program OR  Start >Default Program (if the shortcut already there) > select PDF file type and change default file association > pick Adobe 

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Hi all,

I have been hammered by several viruses. The result of the attack is that Windows Explorer now shows the file type for an exe file to be a file folder instead of an application. I assume there is something not right in the registry but I do not know where to start looking. Can anyone help? Thanks very much.

A:Windows Explorer Is Defaulting "file Folder" File Type For Registration

I'm not sure this is what you are talking about, but you can change the icon:
Tools -> Folder options -> File types
Mark the file and press "advanced".

*edit stupid mouse

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One of my excell files was opened by another computer on my network, and incorrectly saved (i think). This file has vital information for my small business, so i need to access it quite often. It was locked for editing, and everytime i moved my mouse over it, the "Windows explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close" popup appears.

i copied all the information out of the original file itself and saved it to a new name. I then deleted the original file(that was locked) with a program called "unlocker"; this was one of the first programs that came up on a google search.

however, when i move my mouse over this file, the same popup keeps appearing.

any hep is appreciated


A:Excell file causes windows explorer error :(

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Whenever i click on the explorer icon in the taskbar its show this message
The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create and association in the Default Programs control panel.
I tried opening explorer.exe from C:\Windows\explorer.exe
tried to pin it again
also tried the sfc /scannow in both safe mode and normal.
The antivirus that i'm using is ESET Smart Security 5 final and Malwarebytes free on-deman scan
All folders open only this doesn't. Please help me

A:Windows 7 explorer.exe file does not have a program associated error.

Hey and i forgot i also cannot system restore since i wiped all free space from my c drive with ccleaner just for pc maintenance and all system restore points gone due to that

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This is my first time on the forums, so I hope I don't screw this up. I have searched the forums and not found an answer to this problem, so I hope I'm not re-asking an old question...

I am running Windows Seven Professional 64-bit and Windows Update isn't showing any more possible updates.

My computer is a Dell Precision M90 laptop with a Intel Core2 Duo 2.0GHz processor.

When I use Windows Explorer to open files that are associated with the program SolidWorks I receive the message: "There was a problem sending the command to the program."

I am running SolidWorks 2010 Professional SP0 which is a 3D modeling program for mechanical engineering. The program ran under XP without this issue.

I only receive this message if there is not an instance of SolidWorks running. Even after I receive this message, SolidWorks still loads and opens the file I selected through Windows Explorer.

This problem occurs no matter where the file is located (network or local).

This problem doesn't keep me from getting my work accomplished, but it is a bit of nuisance. Any help that anyone could offer would be much appreciated.

I'm including a screen capture of the message.

A:Error when opening a file in Windows Explorer

Hey. Nicely laid out explanation. Refreshing.

You could very well try installing the software again using compatibility mode for XP SP3.

To do so, right click on the installer's .exe file and choose properties. There's a compatibility tab to go to. I trust by my estimation of your intelligence that you can figure out the rest.

If it is on CD or DVD, copy entire contents to HDD first. Then do as I've outlined.

After, run the .exe and install. Might be better to uninstall original attempt prior to new install.

Good luck and let us know if this works for you. Hopefully you make some great designs. heh heh

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Hi All
I have a rather large file system with lots of folders & subfolders. When I want to save previously on Xp operating system I'd search in explorer open the folder I want then copy the address (e.g c:\customer records\client name\job address).
In windows 7, when I copy the folder address i get this "search-ms:displayname=Search%20Results%20in%20electronic%20files&crumb=location:S%3A%5CSEQ%5C011_Estimating %5Celectronic%20files\CHERMSIDE , 17 smith ST"

As you can imagine I cant paste that into a save as field and expect it find the folder location.

Does someone know if it can do what I want? keeping in mind this is about time saving and productivity exercise so I need a simple solution. It is also on a work computer so a lot of settings are locked.

Appreciate any help

A:Copy file address after doing a file search in windows explorer

Find solution myself
Hold down shift right click and select "copy as path"

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Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use "Search My Documents" with *.docx

I modified a Word file earlier today. When I view the file in File Explorer the correct file date/time is displayed, however when I search for Word files by entering *.docx in the "Search My Documents" box (in upper right hand side of the File Explorer window) all Word files are displayed but this file shows a very different and contradictory date/time. The date/time in this case happens to be is 5 days earlier ? a date/time consistent with when I worked on it last week ? instead of when I modified it today. And yes, there is no question about this being the same file.

This is not just a one time occurrence or a one folder situation. In File Explorer for other files in other folders this same contradictory dating situation occurs. Namely; a file with the latest modified date/time shows the wrong date/time when it is searched for using the "Search My Documents" feature in File Explorer. I cannot say whether this situation is restricted only to Word files, but that is only where I have always encountered it because I work with Word files a lot.

This has detrimentally affected me because one time I thought I had totally lost an important file and beganworking again with an older and obsolete version of the file and had to redo a lot of work.

What is the cause of this? Is this a known bug?

A:Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use search

The Windows Index needs to be rebuilt. Better yet, if you have a fast computer you can turn indexing off so you don't get bitten by this "service". You can also use a different search program such as Ultra File Search.

To rebuild the index, open:
Control Panel > All Control Panel Items
Click on Indexing Options
Click the Advanced button
Click the Rebuild button


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i accidentally downloaded a mac .sit file when looking for Real player. i didnt try to run it cos i immediately realised my error but now it's sitting on my desktop and i can't delete it.

left clicking and pressing del seems to make windows explorer restart, as does right clicking it.

how for i get rid?

A:explorer restart when trying to delete file

does windows not know how to handle it cos it's mac?

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I downloaded a Quicktime trailer for Bioshock at GameTrailers.com, and when I try and delete or move the file from my desktop, Explorer crashes

I ran ChkDsk, to no avail, and quite frankly, I am stumped. Any ideas?

A:Explorer crashes when I try and delete a certain file

Nobody has any idea how to get rid of the file, or whats going wrong?

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Hi there

Is it just me missing something or is the Sort not working properly in File (or what used to be Windows) Explorer. Running Windows 8.1 X-64.

In the screen shot surely all the folders starting Claudio Monteverdi should be shown together.

Doesn't happen and I can't see any strange characters in the folder names either.

A:W8.1 File (Windows) explorer Sort sequence error

Jimbo I too have run into that issue. Couldn't figure out what it was. I actually ended up copying and pasting the name from the properties window of the correct file and editing the one as needed and then they sorted properly. Still not sure what caused it.

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Error: There was a problem sending the command to the program.

Windows 7 x64, Office 2007,
McAfee anti-virus
corporate laptop

I have tried all options found on the web, and noe have worked!

check/uncheck DDE request
check/uncheck Run as adminstrator

In the event log
Event log:

The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
Process **\mcshield.exe pid (2736) contains signed but untrusted code, but was allowed to perform a privileged operation with a McAfee driver.
Process **\VsTskMgr.exe pid (2472) contains signed but untrusted code, but was allowed to perform a privileged operation with a McAfee driver.

are there any registry settings to change??
are there any other top secret options to tweak?



A:Error opening Excel file from windows explorer

Hello sportsguy!

Have you tried the Microsoft 'Fix-it' in this Article?
Excel Error: There was a problem sending the command to the program

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My mom has an HP Mini 210-1044NR laptop. It no longer boots up right. I've tried to get the desktop screen to load in normal mode and safe mode, yet I keep getting the same error message.

It says Windows Explorer has stopped working. Windows can check online for a solution to the problem the next time you go online.

If I click close the program, it gives her a black screen and nothing happens. I cannot get to the start menu, even. Ctrl + Alt + Del brings up task manager, but it doesn't really give me much to work with.

I did have the desktop loaded at one point, but then it all froze up and shut down.

The problem details are:

Problem Event Name: InPageError
Error Status Code: c0000010
Faulting Media Type: 00000003
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

Is there any way to fix this? Maybe bring the desktop back up? Or even get to the start menu to run something and fix it? I am going crazy trying to figure out what to do. Please help!

A:Windows Explorer has stopped working error; damaged file ole.dll

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Hi this error message has been floating around for a long time.  I have yet to find a solution that works or that I can understand.  Why is the error message not resolved after 6 years?
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\SyncUP. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))

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I realize there are many posts on this issue. When I click a Word 2007 document in Windows Explorer, I get the message "Windows cannot open the file (path\name) make sure...etc." Word opens but file does not. With Word open, clicking brings up another instance of Word (without file) and same error. Same as other posts on this issue. Issue does not occur with any other files (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Acrobat, etc.) Happens with only Word extensions (docx, etc.) If I open Word and open the file from inside Word, all is fine.

I tried saving documents in different Word extensions, saving to different locations, but still get the error--only when opening directly from Explorer or Desktop. I have repaired Office 2007 (Ultimate Version), uninstalled Word, reinstalled Word; tried the registry fix posted here and MS site (removing Data reg entry under Word). Used tool posted here to unassociate/reassociate .docs with Word. I reimaged my hard drive using an image from two weeks ago, but apparently it started before that, because I still get the same error. I reset my index and waited for it to regenerate. I'm sure there might be other solutions I've tried, but these are the ones that come to mind.

It is a three-week-old Dell 1545 laptop, 64-bit Vista. Not impossible to live with, but has me stumped. According to all the posts in networld and here, fairly common problem that seems to have no single solution.

If anyone knows of new tips, I'd sure appreciate it.

A:Windows cannot find file path\file name when opening from Windows Explorer

Error is "cannot find (path\name)...before someone yells. Also, thorough scan for malicious software, trojans, etc. Do not have BSPlayer, whatever that is. Also, if I search for the document in the menu, I can't open it from there either.

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Okay, here we go. Computer (sony-vaio desktop, turning 4 yrs old next month): Windows XP Home SP 2, IE7 and latest version of Firefox, Norton AntiVirus 2003 (I mention my AV software in case any of your solutions may conflict with it).
My index.dat file under Content IE5 (which in turn is in the Temporary Internet Files folder) is bloated. I believe there are several Internet Explorer dat.files around besides the one mentioned. I ran ATF Cleaner, but it does not clean index.dat files. I was told NOT to run ccleaner, as it is said to be aggressive and can destroy computers. I do NOT want to do anything with the registry by the way, only clean out the index.dat files.
Since the index.dat files are protected by the systems, I can't get at them manually. I don't even know where the remaining index.dat files (ONLY for Internet Explorer) are located.
So...How do I SAFELY delete those files? I am not at all well-versed in computer lore and do not want a solution via DOS either (and I remember that XP has an equivalent of DOS but not DOS itself).
I'd be really happy if someone could help me out - the dat files eat space.

A:Help: delete internet explorer index.dat file SAFELY

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I created a file from a certain freeware, and everytime I right click it, drag it, or browse for it in something else (I can see it in Desktop), it freezes my entire Windows explorer and forces me to restart explorer.exe

Everything else on my computer is fine. I just need to delete this corrupted file.

Oh and, I dragged it into Kaspersky and it froze.

Please help.

A:Can't delete corrupted file on desktop -- Freezes explorer.exe

Hi Zorai

Did you try deleting it from Safe Mode? If you haven't tried that yet, give it a go.

If that doesn't work, perhaps the easiest way to delete it would be to boot your PC with a Linux Live CD (or DVD) and delete the file using it's file explorer. Easy to use versions are readily available (and free - since they are "open source") ... some of the more popular versions are from Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Knoppix, SUSE, Scientific Linux ... etc. Your favorite search engine will yield many results.

The desktop will be listed under the Users folder --> Users\username\Desktop -- since the file is on the Desktop, you should be able to delete it permanently from there.

Best of luck
. . . Gary

P.S. ... might have Kapersky run a full scan, too.

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Hello,I am a newbie here and I need help.

When trying to delete a file or folder (by pressing the delete button on the keyboard or right-clicking then clicking delete), a box pops up saying that explorer windows has encountered an error and needs to close.When that happens , another box pops up saying the debugger has encountered an error and needs to close.

The result:my computer hangs and nothing happens,it stays stuck in the screen where it happened.Cant click anything nor move the cursor and I ended up pulling the power cord or pressing the reset button.

I think this started to happened when I used a third party software to delete files then windows explorer crashed and the problem started.

Please email me if you have solutions or suggestions
Email Addres:**************

Forgive me when another thread is similar to this.

A:Explorer.exe and computer crashes and hangs when trying to delete a file and folder

Another additional problem:

NOW it crashes by right clicking on an icon!!!!!!!!

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This is the strangest problem I have imported folder.reg and directory.reg but I still can not start explorer.exe.  If I type explorer.exe /e it will launch ok.. If I launch it from a shortcut it launches fine.  But I can not get it to launch by clicking on explorer.exe.   All other executables work fine but for one other which I try to run which is Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe it gives me error "The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation."   
I have checked local security policies and there is none in effect.  I have ran software to check for policies but I can not find any policies to cause the above two problems.
Ran Drweb nothing found
Adwcleaner nothing found
Malwarebytes nothing found
So I thought ok let's try an upgrade install to repair my Windows 7 OS but I get message that Windows Vista SP1 has to be installed at mininum so I am not able to do a repair install either.  Except for the two problems everything is working fine and giving me absolutely no issues at all.

A:Windows 7: Windows 7 explorer.exe file does not have a program associated error

Maybe some kind of virus corrupted your windows file association in registry. Download this reg file http://www.mediafire.com/download/x6b6zxici9rs5x2/folder_fix_w7.zip and unzip it and than run the reg file that was inside. But i strongly suggest that you backup you registry first just in case.

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i download a program called stickies and it is really sticky.i tried deleting the exe file but an error will occour.even if i took ownership of the file.it wont work.help!

A:error delete a file

Have you tried "Uninstalling" it from the Control Panel?

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If I've just been watching a file then tried to delete it once finished viewing, i get
Could Not Delete File : Media Center was unable to delete ...."

I'm using Vista Home Premium

any knows fix?

A:Could Not Delete File ERROR

Sounds like a permission error. Try it as Admin. Or try this:
In Windows Explorer, right click the folder you want to be able to delete from.Choose Sharing and Security.Click on the Security tab.If your Media Center user is not in the list, click Add and use the dialog box to add the user.Click Advanced near the bottom.Select your Media Center user and click Edit.Make sure that Apply Onto has ?This folder, subfolders and files? selected.Check ?Delete Subfolders and Files? and ?Delete? in the Allow column.Click OK, OK, OK.

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In windows 7 pc whenever trying to attach a file on outlook nothing is happening or no file/folder is opening and whenever select any file on application for mounting no file or no drives are opening....

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During a TrendMicro virus scan, it found an archive that was infected. A quick check of the archive (Which I'd grabbed months before, but never ran) showed it was actually an application, so I went to shift+del the file (No sense dumping a virus into the recycle bin), and poof it's gone.

Then I went to delete the folder it was in, but... it wouldn't let me. Told me I didn't have the permissions to do so. A quick check of the folder's contents revealed the virus/app was back, as if it had never been deleted.

If I try doing a regular delete, it tells me Destination Folder Access Denied.

So I started poking around the file's security properties.
"Unable to display current owner."

I tried changing the owner, but it wouldn't let me do that.
I downloaded Unlocker, right-clicked on the file and unlocked it, but nothing seemed to happen, and same results when I try to delete it.

I'm running Vista 32-bit, not connected to a local network (Just one computer), and I'd really like to delete this virus/app off my machine. TrendMicro was unable to get rid of it, and I can't seem to get rid of it either.

A:Solved: Cannot delete file / No Permissions - Unable to display current owner of file

Ha, nevermind. Unlocker just took an enormous amount of time in actually starting up, and turns out the virus scanner had a process linked to the file. So, problem solved. Nothing to see here.

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I'm trying to delete a large file on my computer but for some reason it won't allow me too I keep getting this message: Cannot delete (.avi file): Data error (cyclic redundancy check) for some reason the text on this file and several others is blue while all the others are black. I really don't need this file it' a program that we download to watch but don't need it anymore and would like to delete it. Any suggestions on how and why this is happening. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


A:Can't Delete File - Error Message Please Help

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I had a problem logging into Skype (I/O error) and followed the steps in their trouble shooting advisory. Everything worked fine, until I wanted to delete (following the instructions) the roaming file with my user name (C:\Users\<your_windows_username>\AppData\Roaming\Skype) .. with adding my user name of course
Although I've restarted my laptop I keep on getting the message: error 0x80070570 the file is corrupted and unreadable

So what am I supposed to do now?

Please, please help me.

Thank you

A:Error 0x80070570 when trying to delete file... please help!!!

Have you tried in safe mode? Try Eraser.

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I am wondering if anyone can provide the equivalent to this linux script. When run against a text file with one entry per line being the name of a directory, it deletes the named directories.

On linux, I run this against the text list.
while IFS='' read -r line || [[ -n "$line" ]]; do
rm -R $line
done < "$1"

I am not sure how to make it do the same for Windows. I can do this, but I'm hoping there's a way to delete based on what's in the text file. Also, wouldn't want it to prompt for deletion of each, but to just delete.

@echo on
cd \
dir /D /N 0
for /D %%f in (XX*) do rmdir %%f /s
%comspec% /k

Thank you

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I need to be able to run a .bat but am unable to. when clicking on a .bat file a pop up notifies me that my Pc can't run .bat files I looked on the interwebs and found some people that had accidentally made .bat's open with notepad and could not
run them their fix was to go to this location in the registry "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.BAT\UserChoice"
and delete UserChoice I have followed this path and there is no .bat key. 
Please help

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Hi friends,

Suddenly one files has appeared on my desktop which i am struggling to delete. On each action it gives me same error i.e. Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.


If if try to cut/move the file it shows - Cannot move file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

I have performed following troubleshooting steps
1) CHKDSK on my C: drive, but no luck.
2) Windows repair 'chkdsk /r' but file still exists.

Please help me a way to get rid out of this issue.


A:Solved: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

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Problem: A while ago I emptied the recycle bin. After emptying, a folder remained that had 4-5 files in it. I don't recall exactly what the files were.

I tried to delete the folder, and got the message in the title.

No problem I thought, and I got out a handy file shredder and shredded that file to pieces. It was gone.

Except it's not. When I use CCleaner or other aps to clean my system, the "cannot delete file:..." message in the title pops up.

If I go to the recycle bin and empty it, I get the message. When I look in the recycle bin, it is empty, but if I tell it to empty itself I get the message.

So the folder is in the recycle bin, invisible. It was "shredded", but still remains.

I have entered safe mode, but is still get the message when I try to empty the recycle bin or use CCleaner.

I have read things that reference deleting the entire recycle bin (which then recreates itself), but am not clear on this or if it is a good idea.

My system runs fine, it's just an annoyance.

Any ideas from the experts here (you solved a big virus issue I had a while ago, and this is nothing in comparision, but hopefully somebody has seen this issue before...)



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Kaspersky found a file infected with a trojan, but did not offer to clean, delete, or quarantine it. That was not very helpful, so I figured I had better delete it manually, so I navigated to it, clicked on it, pressed shift delete, and windows said it could not find it!!!
I tried to delete it through the command prompt, even shutting down the explorer.exe process, but still no go (same error).
Any ideas what to do?

BTW: the file was located in the Temporary Internet Files folder, in the subfolder Content.IE5

A:Solved: unable to delete file: system cannot find the file specified

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Hello can anyone help me?

I have a bitmap file that is cluttering up my desktop, but when I try to move it, it just stays where it is and won't move into a different folder. No error message appears.

I also tried deleting it but that wouldn't work, nothing happens, no error message, nothing.

When I right-click on it the only options that appear are

"open with"
"send to"

But when I click on them nothing happens.

Can someone help me please, this file is really starting to annoy me.

A:Cannot move/delete a file, and there is no error message

Try getting this done in Safe Mode. If that does not work try this:

Unlocker unlocks files for deletion = http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

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Yo. This is my first post lets see what happens...

Here's the deal.

My buddy accessed a shared folder on my PC and uploaded some production tools to it. He uses a MAC.

So now I have this file called "._spooky tambo shake "

The problem is, if I try delete, rename, move, or do anything for that matter to the file I get an error message "Error deleting file or folder: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk."

I've tried using command prompt to delete the file but it doesn't even show up if I type "Dir"

Properties for the file are zero everything.

I've tried a program called KillBox but even that can't do it.


A:Cannot Delete File: Cannot Read From The Source File Or Disk.

But before you delete that we need to know about the file firstIm not sure if its malware or a system file So now I have this file called "._spooky tambo shake " Just want some more info on that file (for a close up) what does the icon look like?On what folder is it located?(And if possible,give us a screen shot of it)Also where did you get this file in the first place?What type of file is it (If you go back to properties)It really sounds to me more likely renamedAlso searched it in the internet,I can't find any info about it

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Can someone point me in the right direction. I've been searching and attempting to fix this for a couple of days without luck.

My Problem
I have a file that I can not delete. When I try, I get the message "cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk"
The file extension ends with a space and is reported a 0 KB in size.

Here is what I've attempted:
1. Normal delete and well as "Shift+Delete". I get the above message.
2. Tried to scan the file for a virus. Got the error message "Scan was completed with error. Error:The system cannot find the file specified."
3. Virus scanned the folder. Scan completed - no virus found.
4. Attempted to open the file in Notepad by opening Notepad then dragging the file. Got the error message "The system cannot find the file specified."
5. Attempted to create the same file name in the same location using Notepad. i.e. Hoping to replace the file. I got the usual message that the file already exists and I granted permission to replace it. However, I still cannot delete the replaced file.
6. Booted in Safe Mode and attempted to delete. Same result.
7. Ran "CHKDSK" No problems - still cannot delete.
8. Opened a DOS window. Closed Explorer.exe using TaskManager. Then attempted to delete the file in the DOS window. Got the error message "File cannot be found"
9. One post suggested deleting the file in a DOS window but prefacing the file name with "\\?\&quo... Read more

A:cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk

Please refer to this article: http://blog.dotsmart.net/2008/06/12/...-file-or-disk/

Perhaps it may provide insight and a solution.

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I am wondering how to write a script that would delete all files of a certain extension from a folder.

A:Solved: Batch file to delete all .xxx files from a file

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Why, after a search, when I click on a file and try to delete it, do I often get a msg. saying:

Cannot delete file:Cannot read from the source file or disk

If it found it for the search, why can't if read it from the source file or disk?


A:Cannot delete file:Cannot read from the source file or disk

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