September 22nd, 2001, 06:34 AM
HELP! Unable to delete long URLs in "My Favorites"
I have several URLs in "My Favorites" that I cannot delete. They were placed there by "UNFRIENDLY Flash-up sites". I don't want them on my computers.
I have tried everything I can think of to delete them. I have tried to delete them directly from the Favorites folders. I have tried to use a text editor, a Hex editor, from the COMMAND line, Safe Mode...... Nothing!
All suggestions appreciated,
September 22nd, 2001, 06:58 AM
Not to be a smart ass but, did you try to right click on the link and select 'delete'?
Also, if you are trying from the command prompt and it is a long url, make sure you use the MS-DOS name shown in the properties.
September 22nd, 2001, 04:51 PM
That was one of the first things I tried. Like I said, I have tried every way I can find to delete these files.
September 22nd, 2001, 06:06 PM
reboot your comp and bring up the menu with safemode etc(ualually by pressing f8) in it and select command prompt only
goto the directory they are in and type:
that should do the trick
ZXtech UNIX Hosting
September 22nd, 2001, 06:16 PM
If you do as zx says, make sure you use the 8.3 MS-DOS file name. DOS will not support the long url you described.
September 22nd, 2001, 09:27 PM
Many thanks to both ZXTECH and Kapperdog. I have tried removing from the command line in Safe mode without success. No matter how I enter the request I cannot remove the file. It remains protected by some hidden attribute I cannot find.
September 22nd, 2001, 10:24 PM
unable to delete files
If there is a problem with file attributes you can use the attrib command, type "attrib /?" for the options
A better idea is to copy the favourites that you do want to keep to another directory and just remove the whole direcory using the deltree command, afaik windows should recreate it for you, once its done that, copy your favourites back in.
September 23rd, 2001, 04:10 AM
Thanks Pete, I have tried to delete the entire directory. I have also tried to access the attributes of the files. Wen I try to access the attributes, I get a dialog that tells me "The Properties are Unavailable".
My concern is that these files are actually a malicious code that will do damage to my system.
September 23rd, 2001, 04:27 AM
Are you sure you have tried to delete the directory in safemode/command prompt? As long as you power off for a few minutes to avoid the (slim) chance of a memoy resident virus, there should be nothing to stop you deleting any file/directory you choose.
September 23rd, 2001, 07:23 AM
I'm telling you! I've tried everything. That is why I'm so concerned about it. I've tried to find references to them in the Registry and no luck. I just don't know where to turn.