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

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by contrivance, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. contrivance

    contrivance Thread Starter

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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.
     
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    contrivance Thread Starter

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    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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