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Explorer.exe Locking Desktop Exes


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#1 atomicphreak

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 12:35 PM

This is a weird and annoying one. XP Pro (SP2) won't let me delete any EXE files from my Desktop. At least it appears to be restricted to just the desktop.

A restart doesn't help, and after using Unlocker to view the locking application, it shows that explorer.exe is the culprit. Strangely, every time I try to delete the file, Explorer decides to add another lock to the file. I.e. four delete attempts lands me with four locks from Explorer.

An HJT run showed nothing was going on that I didn't know about, so I'm kinda stuck. Unlocker will delete the files if I ask it to, but it's annoying that it's happening in the first place.

Any ideas folks?

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:06 PM

hello atomicphreak,

ok first of all can you tell me what kind of exe files you want to delete whether these are some kind of setups or something else and what kind of error message you are getting.
please provide me this info so that we can look further for solution

thanks :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:41 PM

Error messages?

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:51 PM

The only message is the 'Cannot delete file because it is in use by another program. Close any programs that might be...' message, and these are an assortment of EXEs. Setups, self-made apps, everything.

Interestingly, renaming other files to a .exe extension doesn't change their deletability.

Thanks for your help guys.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:57 PM

OK, that's a normal message. Windows won't normally allow a program to be deleted if it's also active.

One way around this is to use Task Manager to shut down such programs first...then go into Add/Remove Programs or just delete them if they are not included in A/RP.

What are the names of these desktop .exe files?

Another alternative is to go into Safe Mode and try to delete them from there.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 02:13 PM

None of the files are active, this is what I mean. There's absolutely no reason for them to be locked, especially by Explorer. By my AV when scanning, maybe, but not Explorer.

The names are varied, but I know what each file does, and they all still work perfectly when run. I can delete them via the Unlocker application, but not in Windows normally. New EXE files also suffer from this problem, so even if I delete them in Safe Mode, Unlocker, whatever, the problem isn't going to go away.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 02:27 PM

Worth a look, IMO: http://xona.com/2004/08/19.html

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 02:38 PM

I can undelete them just fine with Unlocker. I can't stop Windows locking new EXEs though.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 04:24 PM

hm, i might be jumping in here a little short.

u can use hijackthis to delete a file on reboot, or use killbox ... but im not sure thats ur problem in essence ? does the exe file reappear or u put some files there to test ?
might be an administrative thing or a group policy or somth funny ..
can u delete it from c:\documents and settings\<username>\desktop folder ?

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 04:59 PM

hm, i might be jumping in here a little short.

u can use hijackthis to delete a file on reboot, or use killbox ... but im not sure thats ur problem in essence ? does the exe file reappear or u put some files there to test ?
might be an administrative thing or a group policy or somth funny ..
can u delete it from c:\documents and settings\<username>\desktop folder ?

I tried deleting from the folder itself, to no avail. My problem isn't that I can't delete these EXEs, it's that I can't delete any EXEs on the Desktop, whether new or old.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 07:55 AM

okay this is odd...

Im wondering if its a virus maybe ?
did you try scanning your computer with aything else than avg ?
maybe try http://safety.live.com

a workaround would be trying to make a new user profile and see if the problem is the same in the new profile .. and if it isnt migrate ur files from the old profile to the new ..
microsoft has a support article describing this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811151/en-us

Edited by dubritski, 10 April 2008 - 08:49 AM.





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