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#1 Steve`

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:50 AM

I have a folder with two subfolders but can't delete any of them. the lowest level folder apparently can't be found to delete it.
I've tried in normal and safe mode:

Delete
Virus scanned it
chkdsk
Unlocker
Killbox including Killbox on restart but something prevents Killbox from setting up to delete on restart

This seems pretty stubborn. Suggestions much appreciated.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:44 AM

Have you tried to take owenership of the file?

This link may be of help.


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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:34 PM

Thanks for the tip but no joy yet. The security tab reports that I have full control but I tried the "Take Ownership" trick. I got a split second look at the command screen before it disappeared and it looked like something failed on taking ownership...even though it says I have it. The lowest level folder has only a minimal explorer pop-up menu and take ownership didn't show there. It seems like some kind of faulty entry in the directory structure - shows the folder but can't find it to delete it.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:56 PM

I recall a solution from 2 years or so ago that a user in your same predictament was able to "send" the
file/ folder to a floppy disk. I would think if you are able to send it to a CD or floppy it would solve your problem.
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 01:05 PM

Gave it a try but no luck.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 01:48 PM

What is the name and path of the folder?

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 01:49 PM

Have you tried from "safe mode"?
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:41 PM

What is the name and path of the folder?

c:\users\steve\downloads\prob\EPUB\Steven D. Levitt & Steven J.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:43 PM

Have you tried from "safe mode"?

Have tried multiple things in safe mode: delete, killbox, chkdsk
Could not set up killbox to run on restart...some unidentified external process prevented me from doing so, even in safe mode

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:52 PM


What is the name and path of the folder?

c:\users\username\downloads\prob\EPUB\Steven D. Levitt & Steven J.

Okay - for security purposes you should not post the name of your user account on a public forum. Just change it to "username".

What was in this folder that you downloaded - do you recall? Have you tried unlocker (http://download.cnet.com/Unlocker/3000-2248_4-10493998.html)?

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 05:51 PM

Thanks for the tip. It was unpacked from a downloaded rar of ebooks and it looks to me like it was an empty folder when it finally got unpacked - no content in the folder. Other folders unpacked from this one compressed file did unpack OK without error.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 07:55 PM

You could try using PendMoves (MoveFile) by Sysinterals (Microsoft)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897556

The usage is explained on the website, pretty simple. Extract the file, open a command prompt and navigate to the pendmoves file. IE. If its in your downloads file type CD C:\users\yourname\downloads\pendmoves

From here type this: movefile "C:\users\yourname\downloads\prob\" ""

The "" indicates that you want to delete the file. Reboot your PC and the program will delete the file on reboot.

You'll have to accept the license when you first run movefile btw

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Edited by fueL, 02 April 2011 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 02 April 2011 - 08:22 PM

I know you scanned the file but if you only scanned with one security program it would be
a good idea to scan the entire unpacked rar file at the link below. It uses I think 40 programs to scan
and only takes a minute unless they are super busy.
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 09:16 PM

Did you install .epub ebooks? Look at the tutorial here to see if you did: http://www.jedisaber.com/eBooks/tutorial.asp
If it is running in 'Services'(Task Manager will show it) ... right click on the line and choose properties. Select disable and stop the service.
Uninstall the program, then delete the folder.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:01 PM

I have had issues recently deleting the C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file.

The hosts file was hijacked and invisible to windows explorer.

I tried taking ownership etc.. nothing seemed to work.

I was able to successfully remove and replace the offending file by using Malwarebytes File assassin.

Here is a Link: http://www.malwarebytes.org/products.php

Hope this helps.

P.s. I used the file assassin method of removing the file and just selected the file delete option.




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