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Wierdest problem with a file on the drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by chernobyl, Jan 18, 2007.

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  1. chernobyl

    chernobyl Thread Starter

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    For the longest time now I have had a file on one of my drives that just wont delete. I have tried it delete it with the command prompt and in safe mode as ofcourse i have in regular mode, but i allways get a file can not be delete b/c it is in use, message. This is impossible since the file is a starwars avi LOL. I know it is not in use. The other wierd thing is that after I get this message and i click ok and give up, "explorer" starts to get very sluggish and often freezes up (this is weindows xp btw). Ive run virus scans, adaware scans etc, so i doubt its a virus. Anyone have any idea what could be the problem? I dont know if it matters but the file has a pretty long name ( a sentence long). :eek:
     
  2. techy689

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    well windows xp does have an issue that it sometimes doesn't allow you to delete files... most of the time it's because file cannot be accessed, but in your case since it says file in use, u most likely will be able to delete this. There a couple of different things you can do, but let's first try this:

    open up task manager > go to processes > and close explorer.exe

    then in task manager click file new task (run) and type in explorer.exe


    then try to delete the file... if this does not work well try another thing
     
  3. 1101doc

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    Are you sure it's not "starware?" Have you googled the "sentence?"
    Unlocker
    Killbox
    MoveOnBoot
    all freeware designed to help with this type of problem.
     
  4. chernobyl

    chernobyl Thread Starter

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    HOLY CRAP, I cant believe googleing it never occured to me! :eek: Its is infact malware, though Im not sure what exaclty it did, no one seems to have a real idea. It dosnt come up on adaware, norton, scans. I also run a software firewall, so I assume I am ok? Should I assume this? I never got any wierd prompts about anything unrecognized accessing the network.

    Anyway I finally deleted the file with HijackThis (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/hijackthis.php), it has a utility that deletes such a file during a shutdown.

    THANKS for the tip! :D
     
  5. 1101doc

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    No one antimalware utility has ever[yet] been shown to find/remove all problems although some are much better than others. This is a serious consideration for us all these days. The "Security" section of this and other forums provide excellent advice and resources to help us all keep our systems clean and protected.
     
  6. rude

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    If the file is in fact an avi file , you might try this fix XP holds files in it's memory even after you have closed the application using them making it impossible to delete them from your harddrive. To fix this:

    Start -> Run -> Regedit
    Find the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.avi\shellex\PropertyHandler\ directory and delete the "DEFAULT" key.
     
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