View Full Version : Un-deletable file?
04-21-2003, 10:45 PM
I have picked up a file in my shared folder which contains about every pornographic term one could think of.
It doesn't open,doesn't even have a file size.
I can't rename,delete,move,i have tried everything including trying to delete in DOS.
Anyone know how i can get rid of it?
04-21-2003, 10:47 PM
Knowing the specific error message might help. If it is a "file in use" error, try closing everything (inc. all non-necessary programs in your taskmanager or ctr-alt-del). Run a virus check to be sure, but I'm assuming that the file is a video or audio file and thus unlikely to be a virus. If neither of these works, perhaps boot into safe mode and try then.
04-21-2003, 10:52 PM
Try this (if you're using Windows XP):
How do I delete an "undeletable" file?
Thanks to MS-MVP Kelly Theriot for this tip.
Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open. Close all open programs. Click Start, Run and enter TASKMGR.EXE Go to the Processes tab and End Process on Explorer.exe. Leave Task Manager open. Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory the AVI (or other undeletable file) is located in. At the command prompt type DEL <filename> where <filename> is the file you wish to delete. Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell. Close Task Manager.From [url=http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_undeletable_file.htm[/url]
04-22-2003, 12:14 AM
also try editing your autoexec.bat to delete the file on startup
04-22-2003, 12:22 AM
Your shared folder? Is that the stuff you shared out? If so, disconnect from the network(s) and delete it locally.
04-22-2003, 12:24 AM
BTW, run a scan for scumware first.
04-22-2003, 01:04 AM
Thank you Q.E.D.
Although even with ending process on explorer.exe i had to move all other files out and delete the whole folder.
vBulletin® v3.7.3, Copyright ©2000-2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.