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gibberish file name - cannot delete


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#1 zvi_t

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 05:34 AM

I have a file (or so it seems) that I cannot delete. Before giving solutions, please read the entire post to see what I have already tried.

I use Windows XP Pro SP3

The file name is: NreE4weERYejND_=_steywrLWssKy17PC_=ײֲ׳ֲײֲ׳ֲײֲ׳ֲײֲ_.wmv

When trying to delete it I get an error saying: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.
I googled the error message and got lots of results but no solutions helped me.

I tried to delete it with HiJackThis's option to delete a file on reboot but on reboot it was still there (making me believe that it won't delete in safe mode.

I tried to delete it in DOS (command prompt) but when displaying file in short names (dir /z) it won't display a short name.

Tried to rename but get the same error message, not letting me rename it.

It seems that windows does not recognize it as a file at all (Like a ghost file) . It is not assosiated with anything and has 0 properties and 0 size. Can't even open it to display in binary.

Any ideas on how to get rid of it?

Thanks.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 06:33 AM

Try Unlocker

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 07:40 AM

Thanks! Unlocker did the trick

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 07:02 PM

You're welcome. Glad it worked for you.




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