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New File name with "+" cross symbol has zero bytes can't delete

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by chedda6, Oct 22, 2019.

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  1. chedda6

    chedda6 Thread Starter

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    I'm using Windows 7
    There's a suspicious file on my flash drive that has a cross symbol and 0 bytes. whenever I try to delete it I get an error "The filename you specified is not valid or too long. specify a different file name.

    cut and paste to recycle bin doesn't work and third party software also gives an error.

    Should I be concerned about this file? and how can I get rid of it?
     
  2. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

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    can you do a screenshot?
     
  3. chedda6

    chedda6 Thread Starter

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    I also tried renaming and changing extension. none of which worked
    zerobyte.PNG zerobyte.PNG
     

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  4. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Have you tried right-clicking on the file and renaming it to something shorter?
     
  5. chedda6

    chedda6 Thread Starter

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    Yes Cookiegal. please see above reply to couriant. also, how can I make it shorter if the filename is one character?
     
  6. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Sorry. I was assuming it displayed correctly in the part of the screenshot underneath that overlay and that message only appeared when you tried to open the file.
     
  7. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

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    Just rename it to something else, i suspect that cross is the invalid character, although there is no extension to it... so if it's not something that you know you had and was reimaged, I guess the only thing you can do is delete it.
     
  8. chedda6

    chedda6 Thread Starter

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    Hi Couriant, thanks for the time you're taking to help me. However, if you read my initial problem I can't delete, rename or copy and paste to the recycle bin.
     
  9. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

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    Have you tried just formatting the flash drive?
    Remember formatting will destroy all data on the drive so make sure you have whatever is on there backed up.
     
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