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Corrupt folder will not delete.


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#1 Saladan0

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 12:28 AM

This happened a few weeks ago. I was DLING some music from the net and I had my default Music folder in documents as the download point. Now everything was working fine for a while, but one day I attempted to open the folder and It wouldnt let me.

Error I get when I try to open:

C:\Users\Saladan0\ERROR is not accesible.
The File or Folder is corrupted and unreadable.

(I renamed the Music folder to ERROR, for less confusion.)

So I realize that all the music in there is lost, so I try and delete it. Heres the next error message I get.


ERROR: 0x80070091: The Directory is not empty.

(This is odd since the properties list this folder as having 0 bits.)

So heres the question, is it just a corrupt folder? Or is there a virus in there hiding somewhere and screwing everything up. Im leaning towards virus since my laptop has been acting funny since its started. For instance, every time I restart, when I get to the desktop. All the icons disappear and I have to restart explorer. Also, it seems to be dragging down my CPU speed or memory since all the game that had been running fine have been slowed down considerably.

Ive tried everything to delete this folder.
MoveOnBoot
Dr. Delete
Unlocker
ChkDsk (Both on normal and safe mode)
Tried to delete it from CMD prompt
tried everything listed above in safe mode too.

I really am at wits end here. I dont know what else to do. Im overseas right now and dont have access to a boot disk, so I can reformat. And im starting to think thats my only option. I dont think it has anything to do with the fact im running vista or anything, but you guys would know more about that then me.

Help?

Edited by Saladan0, 12 April 2009 - 01:10 AM.


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#2 garmanma

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:18 PM

Give the Revo Uninstaller a try
http://www.revouninstaller.com/
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#3 Saladan0

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:00 AM

Dled the program, and although its helped cleanup my computer a bit, I dont see how it will affect my folder problem at all...

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 08:23 PM

If you think it's a virus, let's run a few scans



The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 05:06 PM

I think I have the exact same problem! I was reading on a different forum the same thing too and they mentioned they installed Neverwinter Nights to their external hard drive (exactly what I have recently done) and started having trouble with undeletable folders.

What's worse is it seems to be spreading on mine at an alarming rate! Suddenly one folder won't work then another then another. So far it's only on my external hard drive so I've unplugged it for now. I'm going to try the Malwarebytes and let you know but if anyone has a definitive solution I'd be really grateful. I can't risk losing all my work to this demon!

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 06:31 PM

Splendid! Malwarebytes worked perfectly, restoring all my infected folders to good working order - none of their contents are damaged. Thanks :D




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