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#1 rhythmdude

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Posted 31 October 2004 - 12:47 PM

I have downloaded an mpeg file that upon viewing, is offensive and when I attempt to delete or drag this file to recycle bin, the response is that the file is "in use by another user or is in use by another program"

To my knowledge it's an mpeg file, as shown under properties but could it be something else that has attached itself in some underhanded way to my computer
with no chance to be rid of it ? How does one get rid of a file that has overstayed it's welcome ?

Any help in solving this annoying problem will be appreciated, greatly.

Thank you,

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 31 October 2004 - 01:33 PM

You may want to reboot your computer and try again. Also try this:

Please run two online virus scans:

http://housecall.antivirus.com/
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/

Then let us know if its working better and what the scans found.

#3 twistofcain1976

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Posted 01 November 2004 - 10:42 AM

could also be that if you downloaded it via a P2P program (kazzaa/torrent, etc) that it's still being seeded or referenced from another pier.
disconnecting any programs from this file will let you delete it.

yep... rebooting works for that.

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Posted 01 November 2004 - 01:50 PM

You need to download a swanky little program called moveonboot by GiPo

http://www.gibinsoft.net/gipoutils/

that'll get rid of it if nothing else does, open moveonboot select the file to get rid of, ok it and restart. gone.

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Posted 01 November 2004 - 03:20 PM

Yup moveonboot is good as is killbox

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 06:04 AM

I had a problem similar to yours a few years back. What the person had done was quite clever, he sent me a picture of his new car, but he had used a file joiner to pop a rootkit into the picture, when I opened it I was infected.

1 Download one of the programs mentioned above I used a program called unlocker.
2 make sure your AV is up to date, I recomend nod32.

Hope this helps
Regards,

Alan.




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