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Can't Delete Icon On Desktop


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#1 soccernut43

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 10:14 AM

:thumbsup: An icon appeared on my desktop for no apparent reason. When I click on it it says "It was not found". When I try to delete it, rename it, or move it to the recycle bin it gives me a "cannot read from the source file or disk". I've tried using spyware detection, virus detection, safe mode, file removal on boot up software, registry cleaning software, regedit to try and find it in the registry, CHKDSK on startup, etc. It's still there. It has an odd name "CAQBOHIR".

Has me baffled (really doesn't take much....). Thanks!! Great site.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 11:11 AM

What does the icon look like?

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 01:17 PM

Let me ask you these questions:

Is this an old icon that the name just changed on it's own, or is it in fact a new icon that just appeared?

If this is an old icon, did you move it and then the name changed?

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 27 December 2006 - 01:34 PM.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 01:54 PM

The icon looks like a piece of paper with the upper right corner bent over. In the properties it says it is a file but either way I can't delete it. I can move it where ever I want to on the desktop and it will stay there but I can't move it to get rid of it. I click on it and nothing happens other then the error message.

It's both wierd and annoying.

Thanks!!

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 02:07 PM

Have you tried to open said file, while I dont' recommend it, might help to know

what virus scanners have you ran to check for anything harmful


what were you doing previous to said file being found on your desktop (if anything)

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 04:31 PM

Try opening the file with Notepad. (Right-click, choose Open With, then Notepad) See if anything looks familiar or if you can get any more info from it. Get Properties on it and see if it tells you when it was installed and any other info about it.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 04:44 PM

This also reminds me of a MS Word document.

Are you sure you have no Word documents on your desktop right now? If so, when you move/delete that document, it'll automatically move/delete the file that's bugging you.

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 01:36 AM

But a word temp file document would share some of the same file name as the document itself, in addition to which they go away when the file is closed. Also, it would have the W symbolizing the file type. Open office, Firefox HTML file icons also have the bent over corner, but again there are distinctive symbols identifying the kind of file it is.

I am more inclined to think that there is something on the computer that shouldn't be.

A very good free program is AVG 7.5 anti-spyware formerly Edwido. If you don't have this program, I would suggest getting and using it. For thirty days you have full functionality after which it loses real-time protection and auto-updates. When I set it up, I simply disabled all the auto-stuff from the start. It is a great on-demand scanner and you can update manually. It is one of the programs I use.

Set-up and scanning directions: http://www.castlecops.com/t137442-AVG_ANTI...structions.html

User's manual - a PDF file: http://free.grisoft.com/filedir/doc/AVG_7....uma_en_75_3.pdf

Download site, be sure to use the button on the left for the free version:
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/20/lng/us/tpl/v5

Let us know if you find anything, and also address the question regarding the properties of the file.

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 03:05 AM

Orange Blossom wrote:

But a word temp file document would share some of the same file name as the document itself, in addition to which they go away when the file is closed.

Not nessesarly. I've created Word documents and that temporary file that's created every time you open the file, doesn't always delete. I even saw some of my .mdb files do the same thing. But, they normally have either the W on it or another symbol (depending on which file was opened).

It would be nice if we could get a screen shot of it to know for sure. Then again, it could be an infection.

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 04:31 PM

>>I am more inclined to think that there is something on the computer that shouldn't be

This is what I'm afraid of. I have AVG Anti-Virus and the Anti-Spyware is 7.5. I've scanned the computer a couple of times and plus have used Spyware Doctor and really found nothing to make the icon disappear. I may try and do this in Safe Mode to see what happens.

No matter what I do it still appears. I'll try and send a picture of the icon on the desktop. Thanks!!

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 09:50 PM

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/moveonboot.html
Try deleting it in safe mode or with moveonboot (link above)
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 11:42 PM

Also, try Unlocker:
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 12:06 AM

Walkman...THAT DID IT!!!!!

Unlocker didn't find it locked BUT gave me the option to delete it and it did (nothing else I tried would).

Thank you (I was beginning to get a bit paranoid.... :thumbsup: ).

And thanks to everyone who gave me advice, it all helped.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 02:36 AM

I am so pleased that it worked!!!

You just made my day.
Now,,, that you know it you resolved the issue, not every locked file is a virus or something similar. Alot of them are due to faulty software, which may cause this.




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