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Undeletable File

Q: Undeletable File


I stopped a download part way through today and a .exe.part file was left on my desktop and I have not been successful at deleting it so far . . .

I tried this solution: Undeletable File - Delete

and it didn't work for me. Any help?

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A: Undeletable File

Did you change the %USERPROFILE% to the actucal file path?

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i have (stupidly) downloaded a file that i cannot delete. it always says that the file is being used by another person or program , which it isnt. is there some way or program that force deletes files?

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Orignally in other software- hoping for a few more views here :0

my parents called me a few days agowith a minor niggle that concerned them. they were trying to do a MSE scan, and it was sticking at the same point each time- scanning one particular file. I gave up trying to explain and team viewered into their computer, to see what the problem was.

In short, there is an exe file (setup for an HP printer), the printer and related drivers etc. being deleted a while ago after I gave them a new printer (epson). I tried deleting the file, and got a deleting box that gave no details (time remainong 0 etc). I tried a command prompt delete- same thing. checked attributes in windows- no box pops up, and trying attrib in command prompt gave nothing either- as in no response whatsoever, just a hang.

As far as MSE goes, I have made the file an exeption, and the scan works fine. However I would like to delete the file- any ideas how to? the computer is a custom build i7 rig on Win 7 (it was a while back, cant remember all the build details, although it does have a gorgeous custom red paint job and LEDs) updated to latest - parents are paranoid and always install updates.

A:Undeletable file

Could be a corrupted file, a CHKDSK /F might fix it enough to let you delete it.

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hello there!

Today i noticed my system running slow at times so i checked the processes running and found this process i've never seen "d8h9yzvvpp.exe" , i tried google but came out no result so i checked up with hijackthis and found it in this location "C:\Users\(my username)\" i then tried to delete the file but a pop up say " You need permission to perform this action " i have tried changing the permission following the methods in google but it still wouldn't change say "Unable to change new owner , Accesse denied" , tried to use hijackthis to delete the file on reboot but the same pop up appear that i don't have permission

So i went through registry and search the name "d8h9yzvvpp" , it was found and i tried to delete but again , there is a pop up saying "Can not delete : Error while deleting key" it was found in several places like "HKLM\System\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\Legacy_xxxx\" , "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\Legacy_xxxx\" , etc., I've tried to use "Spybot search and destroy" but there's no result so far and still the file is here

I would like to ask any guru here if anyone knows a way to get rid of this thing please , im not sure how i got it as im just doing stuff normally in this past few days

thank you!

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Download Process Explorer from here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

When you run it, find the process in the list and then right click it and go to "Properties". From there, you can isolate where it originates from and its current location etc. So for example, in the screenshot, I right clicked WMI to get more info.

It may be a legitimate system file which has been renamed for some reason or other. I'd advise you not to try and delete it until you've established where it's come from and where it belongs.

You can always kill the process by clicking the Processes tab, then right click it and choose "End Process".

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I was trying to download this game called gunbound. I dont know how this file got this way. But basically it's called Gunbound_GIS_WC_542.exe.

It shows an MS DOS Icon in properties.

I tried deleting it in ms dos, it says it couldn't find it.

And it says it's 0 bytes. So I don't know if I glitched windows xp or what. But I tried a minimal boot in safe mode, and it said it was still in use. So I'm really lost, suggestions?

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I was downloading torrents when one of the torrent I wanted didn't seems to download properly. Instead of a torrent file, it was just a file. I check my download history and it appears as a "window icon next to a hard drive" rather than a torrent file. So I go about trying to delete it but it doesn't work. I have check similar posts in the forum about this issue. I have tried: refresh, restarting the computer, check the file location (it does appear there and I can't get rid of it there too), try deleting using the command prompt, try renaming it and moving it but nothing seems to work.

I did, however, found one that that sort of works. I created a new folder and name it the same as the file. Then when I try to delete the file, it would disappear but then the newly created folder seems to take the place of the old file. So then, I make another new folder, name it the same as the first folder and then delete them both which works but when I refresh, the original file would just pop back up.

Any help, preferably in very simple terms as my computer skills and knowledge is non-existent, would be appreciate.


Issue fixed, thanks given to UsernameIssues's post in "Undeletable 0 Byte File"

A:How to get rid of this undeletable file?

Hello dragon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

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Is there a way to create an undeletable file to put on a jumpdrive?

I would like to create a text file with my personal information, so if I lose it, it could be returned. But if it is stolen, they could simply delete that file.


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A file appeared on my Desktop called: CA0TAPVO. (note: there is no extension after the file). The file is listed as 0kb. Every time I tried to move it, rename it, or delete it an error message appeared with the following text: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

First I attempted running my Symantec Antivirus and AdAware, doth of which failed to recognize any threats. Next, I tried the following all to no avail:

1. Defragmenting C: and clearing all of my temporary internet files.
2. Chkdsk /f
3. The following DOS commands:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
© Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>cd desktop

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop>dir /x /a
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 7C51-67B1

Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop

04/27/2006 08:13 AM <DIR> .
04/27/2006 08:13 AM <DIR> ..
02/13/2005 05:52 PM 731 AD-AWA~1.LNK Ad-aware 6.0.lnk
02/13/2005 05:52 PM 731 AD-WAT~1.LNK Ad-watch 3.0.lnk
03/18/2004 05:15 PM <DIR> Art
04/12/2006 07:30 PM 0 CA0TAP~1 CA0TAPVO.
04/27/2006 08:12 AM <DIR> COPYLO~1 CopyLock2
09/14/2005 12:00 AM <DIR> MISCEL~1 Miscellaneous
04/23/2006 07:31 PM 610,232 moveonb.exe
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Welcome to BC! Download killbox here:KillBoxUnzip the folder to your desktop.Start Killbox.exeWhen it is open, enter the full path to the file in question into the field labeled "Full path of file to delete".Select the Delete on reboot option.Then press the button that looks like a red circle with a white X in it.Your computer will reboot and check to see if the file is gone.NOTE: it looks like the full path to the file is:C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\CA0TAPVO.Also make sure you have the name of the file correct. It would be very easy to get 0 (zero) and O (the letter O) mixed up.

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I am unable to  to delete this file which is in my temp folder
I tried using an undelete program but no luck

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Actually you are getting this error because you can’t delete all log files. Log files are important files which can be present at different locations. It can be present in your document, uninstall settings of any application and so on. Here your file FXSAPIDebugLogFile.txt is a log file related to your Fax application which is must have app to use Fax machine, I guess. Although it is not safe to delete the log files but Since you are asking the procedure to delete the log file then follow the following process to do that:
Go to Control Panel
Click on Program
Click On “Turn Windows Features On and Off”.
Navigate to Print and Document Services
Now uncheck that option
Now click Ok to confirm
Restart the computer
After the Restart, you would be able to delete that file without any problem but still I will suggest you not to delete this file as it can hamper the working of your Printer and Fax.

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I have a game installation zip file that can't be right clicked . I want to delete it but when I right -click the HD just grinds and WinXP task manager says the program is not responding. I end up ending all running processes (zip) which crashes explorer. How can I dispose of this rascal? Thanks, m3guitar

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Get into Safe Mode and delete it that way. To get into Safe Mode, keep your finger pressed on F8 when pc is booting up.

If F8 not work try F7 or F6. Post back results.

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I just downloaded a short video clip through a download program, intending to watch the clip and then simply delete the file. However, after downloading not only would the file not play using media player, but I could not delete the file from the "My Music" file. Right click gave only the options to "Play", "Add to media player playlist", or "Open With...." and the toolbar was likewise useless. The file can not be dragged to the recycle bin and system restore was ineffective to get rid of the file. How do I get rid of it?

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Ok- I downloaded and installed Quicktime but then could not run it, so I simply wanted to get rid of it. I was, through CCleaner and some freeware, able to remove bits and pieces. I even got it out of add\remove programs, but the Quicktime folder is still in my programs folder. I reinstalled Quicktime thinking that could do something upon uninstalling it, but all it did was install it in the remaining Quicktime folder, which I could not open nor uninstall. Again CCleaner and some freeware were able to sneak inside the Quicktime folder and delete bits and pieces, but the Quicktime folder remains. I can open it and inside it is a plug ins folder that I cannot open. I did the kill explorer and in the command prompt it said "syntax error." I uninstalled the freeware, my system is clean, no malware, no viruses, no spyware, nothing. So with my intermediate experience, nothing seems to work, as if this Quicktime folder is some permanent unlockable file. Any advice is welcome and thanks in advance.

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i'm struggling with some quite old files that i can't delete (though seemingly i can move within the disk and copy to another disk). here's some data:
type - no extension, but most likely mp3
size: 0b
size on disk: 0b
details: size: 5,94mb
when trying to delete: can't find this element
when trying to play with vlc: bad file descriptor
i did do the chkdsk X: /f /r/x, which took some 20 hours, for any sake: no errors.
thanks in advance

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im using xp pro. i beleive i have an undeletable file i placed on my desktop by accident that i really wish to delete. it came from an .iso from the game unreal tournament 2004. anywho the file is simply called setup.exe. when you try and delete it it says its being used by another program. the file appears to be dos based because when you click it it briefly brings up a dos window before a command line error. so the file appears to be useless. i booted into safemode using msconfig to have the minimum processes running and tried to delete it and it still says being used by another program. while in safe mode i tried to end even more processes while trying to delete it and was unsuccessful. its not spyware or a trojan. i will do anything to delete this file, even if it brings damage or needs me to delete whatever is using it. please help.

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I have a 4 meg file 'rn_tmpsb.ivr' (recorded from NASA) which absolutely refuses to delete. When I call it up on Real Player, I am informed 'a general error has occurred'. The file doesn't interfere with anything, it is simply a nuisance which refuses to go away.

Any suggestions?

A:undeletable file

Couple of fun schemes.....

First off, there is the favourite..... Fire it up in safe mode and see if you can delete it then.

If not, the method I use is to switch off "Hide extensions for known file types"....
Then, I fire up the old favourite, "Notepad".
Create a file, and - in your case, name it "rn_tmpsb.ivr"

Then overwrite the original with the notepad file you've just created.

After which, you should be able to delete it......

There we go!

Often works on files that have been corrupted and cannot be deleted.

This may not work, but then - it is a useful trick that I find handy!!!


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Hey all,

I recently re-installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, and after deleting the Windows.old file, I've found myself left with a small folder that will not be deleted by any means. The error message I get is:

"This is no longer located in C:\. Verify the item's location and try again."

I did some research and tried various methods: tried deleting the file from the command prompt, but that didn't work. Tried to delete it with Total Commander, but TC insisted that I remove the copy protection from the file and wouldn't proceed. Tried simply making a copy of the folder and merging the two. Nothing I've tried has worked. I'm dying to get rid of this thing. I know that these ghost files are a well documented issue with Windows 7, and I've seen many threads with similar issues. I'm hoping that if I give the details of my problem, someone will have a solution.

The file itself is called "Windows.old," but it's not the full, actual Windows.old. It's just a folder that contains a sequence of other folders inside that, when clicked, open in this order: Windows.old -> Windows.old -> Users -> Matt (that's me) -> AppData -> Roaming -> SecuROM -> UserData -> [AND HERE'S THE KICKER] - two "files" that can't be opened, denoted by a string of crazy cyrillic text. 3KB and 1KB in size.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Hello Flyingsaucers, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using the free program Unlocker may be able to help allow it to be deleted.

Hope this helps,

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i have a problem deleting a directory from my desktop.
a while ago i installed a program (wich was working fine) and afterwards i was installing another program. during this install my pc crashed and deleted both of the programs.

i couldnt reinstall the first program becouse the computer was thinking that the program was already installed but couldnt remove it either. so (maybey stupid) i cut the broken files out of programfiles and pasted them as backup on my desktop. later i was able to re?nstall the program.

but now when i try to delete the folder it sais im not autorized to delete it, however i am logged in as administrator.

i already tryd following things to delete it:
-cmd commands del filename and del /f filename
-the program unlock me
-get the ownership of the folder with cmd commands
-startup in safemode

nothing gave any results
i hope someone can help me

thx and greets,

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First, check to make sure you don't have a virus. Run a scan with Malwarebytes.

You can also try this post: Folder won't Delete - ARGH

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I have this file named 'CARA8JR9.' on my desktop, which cannot be deleted. Trying to delete gives the message
'Cannot read from the source file or disk'. ChkDisk could not find any errors on the drive. The file's properties shows it as a 0 byte file, neither hidden nor read only.
Trying to delete it from the command prompt gives the message 'Could not find file'.

I have checked for viruses using AntiVir (latest updates) but could not find anything. Scanning for malware using A-Sqared Free also came out negative.

What could be wrong?

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What's the file extension?


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I just tried to empty my IE temp file but failed since it said 1 of the files are being used by another program, what program? I'm not having any problems with the computer atm, just want to be sure nothing is wrong.

This is the log, not too much
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 03:23:06, on 2006-08-17
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\World of Warcraft\Launcher.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Lath\Skrivbord\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName = Lšnkar
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Cmaudio] RunDll32 cmicnfg.cpl,CMICtrlWnd
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RemoteControl] C:\Program\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DAEMON Tools] "C:\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exe" -lang 1033
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A:Hijackthis Log, Undeletable file

Normal that some temp files will not delete


You have no active AntiVirus!

Get the free AVG 7 install it, check for updates and run a full scan

AVG 7 - http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/

Get all of these and/or verify you have the current versions

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AdAware SE 1.06 http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html
MS Windows Defender - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...E7-DA2B-4A6A-AFA4-F7F14E605A0D&displaylang=en (XP and W2K only)

DownLoad them (they are free), install them, check each for their
definition updates and then run AdAware, MS Defender (W2k/XP) and Spybot, fixing anything they say.

In SpywareBlaster - Always enable all protection after updates
In SpyBot - After an update run immunize

Check for updates and run weekly

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Wasn't sure what this qualified as to where to put the thread. But...
My boyfriend created a new folder on my desktop and put some music and comedy MP3s in there to burn for my daughter.... Now the file will not delete off the desktop, it won't move it wont do anything; it says only the Administrator can do that and of course I am the administrator so I am asking how can I delete this file. The only thing I was allowed to do was copy it but that's all. I was allowed to delete the copy. He said he did not change any permissions or anything like that; simply created a file and put the MP3s in it and burned them then not able to do anything... Please help!!

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Quote: Originally Posted by dorkpixie

Wasn't sure what this qualified as to where to put the thread. But...
My boyfriend created a new folder on my desktop and put some music and comedy MP3s in there to burn for my daughter.... Now the file will not delete off the desktop, it won't move it wont do anything; it says only the Administrator can do that and of course I am the administrator so I am asking how can I delete this file. The only thing I was allowed to do was copy it but that's all. I was allowed to delete the copy. He said he did not change any permissions or anything like that; simply created a file and put the MP3s in it and burned them then not able to do anything... Please help!!

You can see if this helps by taking ownership of the file.

Take Ownership Shortcut

Then try to delete it.

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Hi, I need help to delete file
When I try to delete file I get error: "Could not find this item", if I try to rename it I get the same error.
Files size is 0b, but I dont like it on my desktop so any ideas how to delete it?

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Hello Symbianas,

Sometimes just restarting the computer will remove a ghost file like this.

Hope this helps,

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hi guys.last year my mate gave me a DVD with a few gig of music on it which i copied onto my computer. it has all been working fine, without a trace of a problem, until the other day.i was using windows media player, when suddenly it crashed without any reason to do so. i launched it again, and the same thing kept happening, as soon as it opened.thinking there was something drastically wrong with my computer (explorer too kept dying at random intervals when navigating my music), i started to backup my music to a portable hardrive so as to do a destructive system restore (all my non-destructive system restore points were faulty for some reason)eventually, during my attempts to copy over my music, i discovered that the problem lay with a single folder. this folder hadn't given me any trouble before, and i had even synched its contents to my gigabeat, but for some reason something is so fatally wrong with it that if i even put my cursor over it explorer dies.i told WMP to monitor a different folder to my main music folder, and the errors stopped, and i have checked and all the other errors on my computer are directly attributable to this folder.i have tried:deleting it using killboxCHKDSK - nothing changeddeleting it through CMD.EXE (with and without the explorer shell running - CMD dies whenever i attempt "DEL" or DELTREE" on the folder)every manner of virus scan known to man.and banging my head against my computer repeatedlythe file path of the folder is:C:&... Read more

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Can you rename the file?

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I'm running a XP SP2 Home and I was wondering if I could make a file undeleteable. I play the game FreeRice alot. Everytime I run CCleaner, it deletes my settings, like remember level or donation. Is there anyway that I could make the FreeRice cookie undeletable so that I can play but not have to reset my settings every other day?

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Aaw, crap. I've been puttin' this off for a while. I've had this little problem with a FOLDER. It takes up a fourth or more of my second hd. It all happened when my motherboard melted... (oops) and when it was fixed all of my files were not on my hd, but on my desktop in a folder called "stuff"... And now they're stuck there. I've tried so much.
Let me rephrase that. All of the files that i had were left in the Documents and Settings folder in the folder with my old username, and not on my HD, because they were on my desktop. Sounds about right now.

deleting failed.
Programs (Steganos Internet Anonym 2006's destroy function and even Unlocker) failed.
deleting failed again.
and again.
renaming and then deleting failed.

When i try to defrag, the computer says that five particular files can't be moved. They're all huge with alot of fragments. My games are running slow and the computer is screwing up alot. I need major help. (maybe i'll just clear the HD... but i dont wanna have to do that...)
Any advice will be greatly appriciated (did i spell that right??), and i REALLY need help...
And now I'm starting to think its a better idea to throw my computer out the window and run it over with a truck.
Ok, and now i've tried the CMD prompt thing but when i type in the directory (D:\Documents and Settings\Cody), it says "Invalid Switch: "Documents""

A:More Undeletable File Madness...

Believe it or not, your desktop is actually a file on your hard drive.

Do you know when this problem happened?

If you do, you might try Windows System Restore and choose a date that precedes the problem.

start>programs>accessories>system tools>system restore

I wouldn't just delete the file though, because if it contained just data such as documents it wouldn't cause the other problems on your computer that you described. There are probably system files in it too.

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there are a few files on my desktop that will not delete
I always get this error message :
cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk

I have tried EVERYTHING!!!!!
The properties on the files show it takes up 0 disk space and has a size of 0
I have tried to delete it in safe mode
I have tried to delete it using a program that specializes in undeletable files
I have tried ending explorer. exe and delteing it
I need help
If you have a soultion, please write it out in plain english, becaue I do not speak techincal terms!!
EVen if it seems like a simple term, like registry, I will have no clue what you are talking about, so please go into detail!
Thank you from the very bottom of my heart

A:Undeletable File Is Killing Me!

What are the names of the files you are trying to delete, and where are they located?I have tried to delete it using a program that specializes in undeletable filesWhat program?

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Hi, I downloaded some torrent files that I have not been able to delete after I was done using them. They pop up as 0 byte files and I have tried deleting them through regular deletion and DOS.

Regular deletion results in "cannot read from file or source."
Dos Deletion results in "cannot find file name"

There was another post similar to this but delinv costs money to use. And the files are on my desktop so I cannot use a del *.* command. The files are also unmovable(so i can't move them into a directory and delete the entire directory) and cannot be renamed.

If you have any suggestions or advice it would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

A:Undeletable File on Desktop

try dellater

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Hi guys,

another problem. A file I sent to the trash won't delete. I right-click on the file, say "delete from trash" and get an error "permission denied"...

I even tried logging in as root: opened up a terminal, typed sudo su, left the terminal open, and tried to delete the file as I did above. That didn't work.

Scanned with AVAST. No viruses.

What to do...


A:Undeletable file, Ubuntu

Somehow a file owned by root is probably in there.

Open a terminal and do:

sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

Note: Please read up on what this command actually does before running it. rm is a dangerous command when run as root or with sudo.

Sudo only works within the terminal you have opened until it is closed or until the sudo session expires.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution and this is a simple permissions issue, why are you scanning for viruses on a Linux box??!!

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I scanned my drive and got a list of 4 files that had viruses, program couldn't delete.......said delete using Explorer
I tried to delete but couldn't. I then tried to change attributes thinking that I could then delete. It wouldn't allow attribute changes either.

Files are: C:\PQSC\CPS\00003E\DIRS\083856.DIR

How can I get rid of these files?

My OS is Windows ME

guinevere (Marci)
[email protected]

A:Undeletable File Viruses

they are all in the restore folders

the 2nd two are in the widows restore, read here to disable, clean folder then re-enable

the first 2 are in the powerquest system backup. there should be someway inside the powerquest program to either delete specific backups or the entire backup set.

deleting the backups/restore points is the onlyway to clean the viruses

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resolved! ty!

so, i stumbleupon'd a blog telling me about productivity apps. I thought one of them sounded good but wasn't convinced so i searched for it on a torrent search engine to "try-before-buy." i picked from a few sources and downloaded 3 torrents. one of them stuck on my desktop and won't go away.

if i try to open it:

if i try to rename it:

if i try to delete it:

so, there it sits. ugly, unwanted, a zero-byte .torrent file without it's U icon. a constant reminder of a piece of software so insignificant i couldn't even find a seeded source.

i have tried a few different anti-malware programs to move/rename/delete-on-boot which have all failed. i read a few postings on forums which say that illegal characters in the filename may be the cause. i did as they recommended, such as opening the file with notepad. notepad then says it can't find the file and asks you if you'd like to create a new one by the same name. you say yes, enter a random string of text, and save it. it saves a new file to the desktop with the same name. then you can delete the old file...but the new file is now the immortal one.

microsoft's website is as helpful as should be expected. it says that the file is either in use or corrupt. it says i should restart my computer, it wants me to run chkdsk /f. it doesn't know what it's talking about and it doesn't care about my problem.

i use xp professional.
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A:Undeletable file on my desktop

did you try these instructions; http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic109461.html

If you already have Anti-virus and firewall already installed, please do not install another.

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I was downloading AVG from cnet and was abruptly disconected. I now have a file, "avg70free_289a392.exe", that properties shows as being 0 bytes in size that I can't delete. I get a message stating the file can't be deleted because it is being used by another person or program. The download was being done through firefox which I closed, but the file is still undeletable. Does anyone have any ideas how i can get rid of this?

A:Solved: undeletable file

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I have a file in Windows XP Home edition that has somehow become corrupted. It is a large file, but I don't need it anymore. It isn't like a system file or anything, I downloaded it. However, when I try to delete it, I get an error like another program is using it. Even when I try first thing on bootup. Even from safe mode. I even tried running the Windows CD in repair mode. I deleted a copy of the file I had made when I was still trying to figure out why I couldn't delete the original. But now I can't repeat that and delete the original. I think this file got corrupted while I was moving large files in Windows Explorer and either Explorer or something else has a connection to it somehow. Does anyone have any ideas on how to resolve this? It is a real hassle.

Much thanks in advance for any replies.


A:[SOLVED] Undeletable file...

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Title says it all. Super simple question really. I've been at it to delete all the old malware from my friends computer which he has lent to me and browsing through his old music files I found one file that can't be played, deleted, renamed, moved and I can't delete it's containing folder. The computer seems to run fine and there aren't any harmful processes running.
I have Hijackthis, could I delete the file with it? Any help would be great, thanks.

A:Solved: Undeletable File

Try to rename the folder then delete it. If that does not work try moving the folder to the c:\temp folder and then delete it.

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HI :)

I have a windows 8 pc 64bit

I'd like to know how to make a file in the system32 folder undeletable or very difficult to do.
This file is in system32>Drivers.
I tried with lock hunter but doesn't lock system file.

The file must be undeletable from the administrator (me) but readeble

It's for a good cause ;)

Thank you for your help :D

A:How to make a file undeletable?

Hi why are you messing around in those files and folders they should be left alone, and the easiest way to stop a file being deleted is to make it read only however I would not mess with system files.
this is about read only Change a read-only file

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Okay well I have an undeletable file that i believe is causing a bunch of problems on my computer. My desktop icons have been moved around a couple of times, limewire started downloading things on its own and when i cancelled the downloads they would come back and restart so i ended up removing limewire entirely, Multiple times i haven't been able to restart mycomputer or it will log off while i am doing things and a blue screen would come up saying an error has been detected and windows is shutting down to protect itself and dumping the physical memory. My internet is also very laggy and it takes a lot longewr for my computer to start up when it actually does. I am pretty sure it is caused by this undeletable file i downloaded. It cannot be moved or deleted even in safe mode. It doesnt have a virus name or anything just a long porn name. It is a rather big file as well at 43 mb. I ran hijackThis on my computer and this is the logfile that is came up with. If anyone could help me with this it would be greatly appriciated as i can think of nothing else to do.

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
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A:Help with undeletable virus/file

The bad news is is that the file with the long porn name you have will NOT delete or be moved...I have seen this file and as you know it has very little in the way of a drop down menu or any kind of file extension.I was shown this on a friends computer many months ago and try as I could it would not delete.Sorry but I'm afraid you are stuck with it.Its not a virus and will not affect your computer performance in any way whatsoever.

As for malware I can only see this item that needs to come out....this is the good news....

Have "Hijack This" fix all the following items in the list below by placing a check in the appropriate boxes.Confirm that you have only the listed ones checked, then press <Fix checked> and Close HJT.

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WhenUSave] "C:\Program Files\Save\Save.exe

Open Windows Explorer and delete the following highlighted red folder/s

C:\Program Files\ Save

Reboot and post a new HJT log..

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I've had this file on my computer desktop for a couple of months now, it is titled "www.p4ac.com .com.com ", is 0 bytes, has no file association, and cannot be removed by any process I have thus tried.

-F5 Refresh does nothing
-Delete shows the error above that it could not find the item
-Tools like File Assassin and Eraser cannot remove the item
-Safe Mode & Logged in under admin doesn't allow its removal

Whatever this is and however it got there, it's not able to be found by anything, it simply doesn't actually exist except in "name only" but this ghost file can't be removed through any means I've tried thus far, and it's been there for months!

Any advice to resolve this issue would be most helpful!

A:Undeletable 0 Byte File

Did you try making a folder, then put the problem file/folder in that, then try to delete it ?

It looks like a website url, sometimes you have to re create a folder or finish creating it to delete it. Go to that website, save the url and save it in the same place as that 0 byte file, it should ask you to replace the one you have. Just say yes, then try to delete it.

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I have a file in my cd writer waiting to be copied"aawsepersonal",whenever i try to delete this file i get a message saying"cannot delete aawsepersonal:it is being used by another person or program.Close any programs that might be using that file and try again".Please help me get rid of this file it is bugging the hell out of me

A:Solved: ok undeletable file hmmmmm

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I received e-mails from a couple of friends yesterday, one with an .mpg file and the other a .pps file as attachments. Both e-mails had these 'Messages' on the bottoms of them advertising mail and smileys software. I think these are in the form of attachments which I saved along with the other files. However, I deleted the e-mails before I deleted the saved attachments and although I have been able to delete the .mpg and .pps files, I am left with an undeletable file called 'untitled.' Complete with full stop after it. It is described merely as 'File' in XP's Windows Explorer and it's file size is 0. I have tried deleting it with Delete Doctor, Revo uninstaller, Malware Bytes, HiJack This, Safe Erase, etc. but nothing works. They all say the file will be deleted on the next boot, but it's not and I'm still getting an error message that Windows cannot read from the source file or disk. In short it can't be deleted because it doesn't exist as I deleted the e-mails that it was attached to! I can't re-name it or create another identical file to replace it with either! You can't create a file name with a full stop after it! My friends no longer have the e-mails they sent so cannot re-send them. (I had thought of saving the attachments again, thus replacing the original - undeletable - file and then deleting the new one, so that's no good now!) I have scanned it and the file is not dangerous in any way, but ... Read more

A:Solved: Undeletable (untitled.) File

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I downloaded a torrent and my downloaded files automatically save in My Music folder. It must have given me a virus because now when I open up My Music windows explorer window pops up with the error 'Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.' Also it says access denied when I try to delete this downloaded folder. I have even tried to delete it from the search option in the windows toolbar and the error message will come up again. (this is with windows xp). I don't know what I can do to get rid of it HELP!

A:Need help with an undeletable file causing an error

Hello -

As far as torrent usage goes, we don't support the use of P2P programs,




We believe that the main purpose of P2P programs is to illegally download and use copyrighted material of whatever description. We further understand that there may be legal uses for P2P, but as we are not able to assess a user's intent when he/ she asks for help, we do not support P2P software and we will not assist any user in this regard. This includes but is not limited to Bearshare, Kazaa and many others.

and request that they be uninstalled before asking for assistance here.



3. Uninstall the following via Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel:

* If you have more than one antivirus software installed, leave only ONE and uninstall the others.

* CD emulation software, such as DAEMON Tools or Alcohol, see this link for complete instructions. These can be reinstalled once any malware removal efforts are completed.

* p2p programs like uTorrent, Bittorrent, LimeWire, Morpheus, etc., as they are a major conduit for malware and a likely source of your current issues. See this link


We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this ... Read more

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hey guys,

got home yesterday and found a suspicious .mpg file in my documents folder. the file name is ridiculously long and vulgar, and when i tried right clicking it, only a few options are present, and delete is not one of them. i tried running my antivirus, that didnt help. can anyone help me get rid of this file? i dont want my kids or anyone else to see this. Also, i am not good with command prompt, so if thats involved, i might need step by step instruction to the location of the file in order to get rid of it.


A:undeletable, undetectable .mpg file, please hlep

check for infection

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Hi, not sure if I am posting in the right spot, so please excuse me if not.

I have a laptop from my employer that I want to return as my contract is ending. However I am keen to ensure that I delete all my personal info as I also have work for another contract on it which is quite commercially sensitive (unfortunately I had a period when income would not allow me to have a second machine to keep everything separate). Naturally I have transferred everything I want to another machine and so that is safe.

I have deleted everything I want to from the (dell) laptop, and used CC cleaner to wipe the free space, but I note that there is a file still left in one folder with a name that refers to the other company. If the first company sees that name they may think I have leaked info to a competitor and not want to offer me another contract later this year.
I have tried all I can to delete the file but I get an error message saying it can?t be located (0 bytes) which I assume is because I have already deleted it. I have tried logging off / on 10 times and tried to find the file but of course it is not actually there.
I have two questions, how can I delete this ?ghost? file, and / or how can I delete my User Account so that when I return the machine, nothing can be recovered?
Of course because it?s a company machine, although I have admin rights as I need to be able to install programmes etc; I may not have Full rights. I have tried to add another user so I can log on as that user to ... Read more

A:User Accounts and/or undeletable file?

Hello and welcome,
If I were you, considering the sensitivity of data, i'd do a full wipe of the whole harddisk before returning it to the company.
This tool is best for it. Wipes stuffs and recovery is almost impossible.
Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

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I've got a corrupted file in my CD write folder that I have tried to delete every way I can think of...without success. So every time I log on to the computer a message pops up that says I have files that are ready to be written to a CD. The file and the folder it is contained in are also part of every CD write job I set up since they always in the CD write folder.

Does anyone know how to purge corrupted file from the CD write folder? Not a major problem, but after several months, it is driving me nuts.


A:Undeletable file in CD write folder

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Ok, so here's my problem. I started out with but a single hard drive... and have worked my way up to 5... so naturally, everything is a bit clustered. I'm wanting to put everything on to DVD +R (which is a lotta friggin burning, mind you) and redo EVERYTHING in a RAID configuration (for organizational purposes/redundancy). I WinZipped everything into files that were sized for DVDs with the option to erase the files after being zipped. Everything got erased except for a DLL file that refuses to be deleted. I know theres a way to delete an undeletable by going to the command prompt and ending the explorer.exe in the task manager by navigating all DOS style and manually deleting the file. One problem: i cant change directories from C: to F:. I've already uninstalled the program that was using it, but I still get the Access Denied when I try to delete it...

Any pointers from anyone?

A:[SOLVED] Deleting an undeletable file...

Boot into SAFEMODE and logon on to the account named Administrator.

From a DOS prompt, use the del command.

For example:
del f:\windows\system32\abcd123x.dll

See if this works.

Regards. . .


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I'm having trouble deleting a jpeg file. when I right click the delete, cut, copy, paste, and properties options don't show up. the cut/copy/paste command keys do nothing to it. I tried deleting it through cmd but it says the file cannot be found. the picture opens but there's no preview, it seems like the computor thinks it doesn't exist. any ideas what this is or how to fix it?

A:[SOLVED] undeletable jpeg file

Try this program. its worked for me in the past.

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Windows 8.1, restarted many times - explorer will not delete. effort sometimes crashes w. explorer. Eracer will not delete at boot.

Background: A Cobian backup failed leaving a partial zip file of about 250 gig! (since then I have split the tasks!). I attempted to delete this zip file (using TeraCopy) and got most of it. However, it left behind, unable to delete, 170 small files in several folders totaling about 12 mb that all produce the same or very similar error message ( see attachment). I attempted to use Eraser to remove it at boot-time but that also failed.

How can I delete this zip file remnant?


A:Undeletable file - error: filename too large?

Maybe boot to command prompt and try deleting there. You do have the path to the files?

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the other night, utorrent started a self-update and downloaded another of those fake virus scan programs that shut your system down. it was "Security Protection" and disabled avast as well as every other program and took over the whole computer. no .exe files would run at all.

i went into safemode and ran avast and malwarebytes and deleted all the problems. i ran a boot-time avast scan and found more problems, but after that everything seemed ok. yesterday, because i'm sick of these new viruses that shut down my antivirus and run amok, i got the full version of malwarebytes with real time protection. i also ran a full scan and found another six problems and deleted them.


i still have this hidden .TMP file on my desktop that is hijacking my internet. IE9 straight up doesn't work. as soon as i open the program, it crashes and does the IE thing where it tries to recover the page that just crashes and gets stuck in a loop that i can't even close. "The app has requested Runtime to terminate in an unusual way" or something like that pops up and it just cycles through crash, restart crash until i have to alt/cntrl/delete the program closed.

mozilla will run but every URL is hijacked and redirected. i have to open links via "cache" and even then i have to try two or three times. clearly i have a a hijacking trojan someplace.
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A:undeletable TMP file/hijacking net/virus not found

the file that regens is calls bycnkbhtfs.tmp

every time it regenerates, it's the same name. it's a hidden file.

if i google anything in mozilla now, when i click the link i'm redirected to something malicious. i know because the rating bar turns red and real-time malwarebytes blocks it.

just trying to give as much info as i can. thanks for any help.

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This has been the case in other instanceS also, (not exactly the same). I have NERO installed for its CD and video capabilities. But it has also installed something called Nero Scout. I would like to delete it and its files and folders but it won't let me. At least I can't delete them. Can somebody tell me how to do this?

I've tried to right click to check the "Properties" and "Permissions". But for Nero Scout itself, (it doesn't have a regular folder icon associated with it; it is some other icon; it looks like a magnifying glass looking at something blue and white; I don't know it's too small) when I right click I only get "Collapse, Open, Explore, Options". For the other folders the only difference is they don't have "Options". The files only have "Open" when I right click them.

In other cases when I find a folder or files I can't delete, I right click on it to check its "Properties" and "Permissions" and sometimes it's "Read Only". So I try to change it. It looks like its going to let me change it. After I uncheck "Read Only" another dialogue box comes up, (I don't remember what it says). But it's seemingly no problem, I answer it and click OK and then Apply and OK and it seems to accept it. But when I right click on that same object again it's still 'Read Only". Can somebody please tell me what I need to do?

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A:How to delete a seemingly undeletable file or folder

You may have to un-install all of Nero to do this. The link below should be able to help you with this.

download this little tool and it will remove all traces ,including Registry
Of any 3 third party CD software (as in ...(Incd)


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