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How Do I Delete This File From My Computer?


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#1 JM77

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:52 PM

How do I erase this file off of my computer?

I am running windows vista and I have a file that is corrupted. McAfee is telling me that it has detected a buffer overflow in location C:\Windows\System32\DIIHo... The file that I'm trying to delete is in :
C:\Users\John and Amanda\Desktop\Video

When I try to delete it says that it can't because the file is open in another program and it is not. I've tried Task Manager, deleting it in DOS mode and nothing works. Could someone please walk me through how I should be trying to delete it in DOS mode.

I've tried that "Unlocker" program and also MoveOnBoot.

When I say walk me through, I mean step by step and based on the file information I've provided, show me exactly what to type. I'm a newbie. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you

Any ideas here? PLEASE

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 10:56 PM

Try this:
Open Notepad.
In the toolbar, click File, and select Save As...
Give it the exact same name as the bad file, including the extension (.txt, .doc, etc.).
Save it to the Desktop folder, which is located at, C:\Documents and Settings\your username\.
It will give you a warning, saying that file already exists in that folder, do you want to replace it.
Click the Yes button.
Check to see if the bad file, was replaced by the empty file.
If so, just delete the empty file.

I had a file like that at one time, and was only able to remove it with Unlocker, but it was in a round-about way.
It wasn't too hard for me to do, because all of my downloads go into a special folder, for AV scanning, so the folder didn't contain much.
It will be a little more involved in your case, but I'll explain the process, in case you want to try it.

Go to C:\Documents and Settings\your username\
Create a folder, and call it Desktop1.
Move all of your shortcuts/files from your Desktop folder, into the Desktop1 folder, leaving only the bad file.
Use Unlocker to delete the Desktop folder, not the contents, but the whole folder.
Once it's gone, rename Desktop1 to Desktop.
You may have to double-click one of the shortcuts, in the Desktop folder, to reset your desktop.

Unlocker might not be able to remove that file, but it should be able to remove the folder containing it.

In the future, I suggest you create a special folder for downloads, then once they are scanned, move them to a permanent location.
That way, if you have this problem again, it won't be a hassle to just delete the whole folder, using Unlocker, then re-create it.

If that doesn't work, the only other thing I can think of to try, is this MS article:
How To Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
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