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What Does "object Locked Mean?"


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Posted 18 April 2008 - 08:08 PM

When using Kaspersky's Online Scanner to scan the critical areas on drive C, the results showed that 2 'objects' could not be scanned as the objects were locked.

The objects specified were:

C:\WINDOWS\Debug\oakley.log
and C:\WINDOWS\Debug\PASSWD.LOG

What does this mean please?

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 10:13 PM

Hi feathers

I can't answer about those particular files, but scans will often notify you about infected System Restore files which they cannot touch. These are no danger unless you happen to pick an infected file to Restore. A lot of Windows Files are locked to prevent damage to them from unwary actions.

The fix is to make a new Restore Point when you are satisfied that your machine is clean, and then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recent restore point.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 12:29 PM

Hi feathers

I can't answer about those particular files, but scans will often notify you about infected System Restore files which they cannot touch. These are no danger unless you happen to pick an infected file to Restore. A lot of Windows Files are locked to prevent damage to them from unwary actions.

The fix is to make a new Restore Point when you are satisfied that your machine is clean, and then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recent restore point.

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Aaaah.....that does make perfect sense.

Oh thank you so much for your response, it's really helpful.

I have had to format the drive & Windows on at least 2 occasions and the most recent occasion (about 3 weeks ago) was definately due to me downloading a virus that caused the system to crash and when I'd tried to reboot I got a black screen that displayed a short message which said something about the drive/system being "unrecoverable".

I'll follow your advice for sure and thanks loads for your help,

Caroline

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:27 PM

"Object is locked skipped" or "Access Denied" notations in a scan are normal. Some files are locked by the operating system or running programs during use for protection, so scanners cannot access them. When the scanner finds such a file, it just skips to the next one. These skipped detections are normally not malware related nor are they infected.
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:59 AM

"Object is locked skipped" or "Access Denied" notations in a scan are normal. Some files are locked by the operating system or running programs during use for protection, so scanners cannot access them. When the scanner finds such a file, it just skips to the next one. These skipped detections are normally not malware related nor are they infected.


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Posted 25 April 2008 - 09:12 AM

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