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Deleting unwanted files...

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by IndyGunFreak, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    Been doing some cleaning up on my PC today, and went to delete an old exe file, for a program that I never even installed. When I try to delete it, I get this error message:

    Cannot Delete file: It is being used by another person or program. close any programs that might be using the program.

    I've completely emptied my task bar, no applications running in the background, and I still cannot delete this damn file(its just to the point now its annoying me)...

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    IGF
     
  2. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    what operating system?

    if win xp or 2000, ctrl+alt+delete and kill processes which shouldn't be there.

    then delete.

    easiest way is probably to boot into safe mode and delete.
     

  3. Toyman

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    Sometimes you can get this error message when you try to delete a folder from the left side of Windows Explorer, basically it's a "can't delete the folder because it's the one you're currently in" type of error.

    Also, The file may not necessarily be in use by a running program, but that it was opened using a file handle, and the program that did so did not close the file handle. Sometimes the only way around this is a reboot.
     
  4. dwhite

    dwhite

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    try a reboot in safe mode

    then try to take out that file

    you can hit F8 on boot to get to the safe mode options
    on older windows you just hold down the shift key
     
  5. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    Just a thought, but if you didn't install it, it could be some adware. Do you run Spybot and Ad-aware regularly? It is probably in the memory is why it will not let you delete it. Spybot will offer to run at start-up if it can't get it out the first time.
     
  6. fatlander

    fatlander Comrade

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    start>run>cmd>del %1

    sometimes you can delete files from command prompt