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#1 svg3414

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:59 AM

Hi,

I have this file named 'CARA8JR9.' on my desktop, which cannot be deleted. Trying to delete gives the message
'Cannot read from the source file or disk'. ChkDisk could not find any errors on the drive. The file's properties shows it as a 0 byte file, neither hidden nor read only.
Trying to delete it from the command prompt gives the message 'Could not find file'.

I have checked for viruses using AntiVir (latest updates) but could not find anything. Scanning for malware using A-Sqared Free also came out negative.

What could be wrong?

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:19 AM

What's the file extension?

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:25 AM

The full file name is 'CARA8JR9.' - no extension.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:36 AM

Based on a Google search, this may have something to do with some sort of photo management software.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 02:11 PM

Here are some ideas.


http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

The unlocker is quite popular. Just remove it later if you want. I included the Safe Mode option for completeness.

Boot in Safe Mode and try to remove the files.
Sometimes renaming will do the trick.

http://killbox.net/
http://www.purgeie.com/delinv/

Anything you see on the desktop is in somebody's desktop folder (probably yours).

Click Start, Search and enter desktop. You will probably get lots of matches, but you want to look at the File Folders called Desktop that belong to users.

Find it, then whack it.

Edited by joseibarra, 02 September 2009 - 02:12 PM.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:55 PM

Here are some ideas.


http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

The unlocker is quite popular. Just remove it later if you want. I included the Safe Mode option for completeness.


The unlocker worked. Thanx a lot joseibarra.

When I deleted the file, another one appeared on the desktop named 'CARA8JR9'.
I had to delete that also.

The problem is solved, but for curiosity's sake what is happening?

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:37 PM

The same file name? - did it come back right away, on a reboot, etc.

Check the Properties - Location is where and anything in the other Properties tabs?

Did unlocker offer any information - who has it locked or whatever it might have to say?

Can't figure out who that belongs to - yet.

Do some malware scans:

Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware detection programs:

Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

They can be uninstalled later if desired.

Probably should have done that first!

Edited by joseibarra, 02 September 2009 - 09:38 PM.

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