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    Deleting what seems to be undeleteable?

    I have run into a problem, not a virus.......but a file that will not delete despite all my efforts.
    I have tried delete on boot (in safe mode) also have tried to fill the file with code so as to delete it. But to no avail. The file shows no time of creation nor is it even recognized by windows or my hard drive. ><

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    Rename it, move it to desktop, reboot, remove from desktop ..........
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    Well ive tried renaming it but still says the file does not exist and returns to the original name?

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    Did you try terminating explorer then go to Mew Task in the task manager, browse to the folder where the file is and try deleting it. That works for me when i get an error that says the file is being used even though it's not.
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    yes i tried somthing similar to that but it's a very trickey file due to it's lack of exsistance on the harddrive... Ive also tried a program that lists all zero byte file's windows apperently has a bad habit of making them, and it is suppose to delete all zero byte files or just the few that are specified. (Xcopy)

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    1) try to run "chkdsk C: /F" or "chkdsk C: /F /R"
    -reboot pc
    2) go directly in safe console mode
    3) push "ctrl+shift+esc" to run task manager and use it to run AV for scan of HD
    or navigate to file that you want delete and then right click on file name and delete it
    // too far away outside of limit

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    Have you tried to delete it using a command prompt?
    There maybe some characters in the filename that explorer doesn't like.
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    I do this -

    1) fire up DOS (start-->run-->type "cmd")

    2) change to the directory of the file ("cd c:\hdfshj")

    3) hit ctrl-alt-delete

    4)change to the process tab and end explorer.exe

    5) go back to your dos window and type "del fileiwannadelete.exe"

    6) back in the windows task manager (brought up during ctrl-alt-delete), go file -->new task -->and type "c:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe" (or browse to it) and then hit ok and you should be working again.

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    Well the tricky party is the files seem not to have an extension so no windows does not recognize them.....some sort of phantom file....

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    I was about to say the same thing as i2c, but would have done it in Safe Mode. Have you googled the name of the file to make sure it does do anything?

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