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    Lightbulb File that cannot be deleted

    I have one friend with Windows XP system. He has the following problem:

    He has a file named kickbanpro.exe on his desktop. I check the file and found it to be harmless as it is a mIRC addon and does not contain any harmful code. He can't delete/move/rename the file although he rebooted his computer several times.

    What is the problem?

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    Maybe its coupled to a still running proces.

    If it is in the list of running processes, kill it and try again to delete it.

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    Ok thanks anyway. He said he is able to delete it just now.

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    Maybe the program made some sort of changes to the registry and it loads up with windows, disable system restore, restart the computer in Safe mode and delete the file. . . and i would look for more info that i could provide you

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    I have this problem rather often. It seems that it happens more when I'm moving and altering large files. The more data I move around, create or delete - the more frequent and persistent the problem becomes. Typically a reboot fixes the problem. I'm totally unsure as to the cause (as I've got no processes that connect to empty folders ;-) ), but basically what happens is the folder or file will write itself as a "read only" file/folder and make itself immune to being changed. I suspect it's just a bug that windows has yet to address.

    They'll probably just label it as a feature and call it some automated function. You know what they say, "a feature is just a bug with seniority."
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    Actually, I've found that very often when windows explorer refuses to delete a file, a deleting it from the command ('DOS') prompt does the trick.
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    There is one option not listed here.."Safe Mode"..
    most reliable operation of spybot s&d (and for a single pass operation 99.9% of the time)
    Best for virus removal.. (that is those that don't require a DOS approach .. that is using ntfsdos.)
    even a run of Defrag (any windaz or generic version) helps inprove results if run once in a while in safemode..

    ... hmmm rather interesting..
    Just checked on who have downloaded SDK's Copylock.. seem I have already downloaded this file.. I know I haven't been well lately but do i have to add multiple personalities to the list now???.. hmmm nah not found on any of my machines.....
    WGaF


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