I could not delete a file nor the folder it was in. When I tried I received the message Item Not Found.
I renamed it as 123456, but that did not help. Inside the folder there is one file named installer.exe. (yes, with a dot after the exe). Tried deleting but again: Item Not Found
The file type is File.
When I open the folder, installer.exe. says it weighs 958 Kb. When I right click and look at properties it says it weighs 0 bytes. When I scan it with Bitdefender 2015 it reports 7 files scanned.
Eraser has no effect and Secure Eraser returns a File Not Found answer.
In an elevated command prompt I typed
Then through properties I found the folder's location and added it
>cd /d C:\Users\passacaglia\desktop enter
C:\Users\passacaglia\desktop>dir /x enter
This shows me all I have in my desktop and one item is the 123456 folder.
C:\Users\passacaglia\desktop>rmdir /q /s then copied the file name and pasted it
C:\Users\passacaglia\desktop>rmdir /q /s 123456 enter
The folder should now be gone
But I get the following line:
123456\installer.exe. - The system cannot find the file specified
I try to copy and paste installer.exe. in the desktop
I get a window saying that this file is no longer located in C:\Users\passacaglia\desktop\123456
I right click the file and Properties says this file is located in C:\Users\passacaglia\desktop\123456
I have run Bitdefender Internet Security 2015, Malwarebytes, Spybot, Superantispyware Pro, adwCleaner, Rogue Killer and Hitman Pro. I have also run RKill before Bitdefender and others. CF is not yet compatible with Win10 so I cannot submit a log file for analysis. The folder and the file remained exactly the same.
Another piece of info. Entering dir /x shows 3 directories.
In front of one <DIR> I find the 123456 folder. But it says I have 0 files in that <DIR>.
Unfortunately I don't recall the original name of the folder but, most likely, the word "installer" could have been part of the folder's name. If I recalled I would have stated it in the post. I never gave much attention to it because I was deleting stuff automatically. When I find things I don't recognize in my PC I delete them.
It appears in Glarysoft QuickSearch and in the Everything softwares when entering the file name as installer.exe.. But I cannot delete it because it says it's not where it is.
This is strange, to say the least, but challenging. If only there were a software like Dariks Boot and Nuke for just one file.
I made 35 passes of the Gutman deletion. Got a reply: Deletion successful. But no, there it was again. This PC might be haunted.
Maybe I should have changed dir to C:\Users\passacaglia\desktop\123456 but I thought it wouldn't be accepted.
So finally, frustrated, I restored a backup from August I had in the Aomei Backupper.
Now I no longer have the problem. But I would much appreciate if someone could tell me how I could have deleted this folder, or the file inside, or both.
There must be a way to delete that type of nuisances using some normal Win10 method and not the roundabout way I did by restoring a system image from an earlier date.
While the folder was in my desktop I used the PC for about 10 days without noticing anything strange in its behavior. Everything worked just fine as if I had nothing strange in it. I did a stress test with Aida64 and all went well. I ran the CPU at 100% for 3 hours and the temperature remained within normal limits. It was as if nothing alien were in my desktop.
Now I am just very curious. How could I have deleted this in a normal way?