unable to delete! Please help

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Flow, Sep 23, 2002.

  1. Flow

    Flow Guest

    Now this is wierd stuff.
    I downloaded a .avi file some time ago. Nothing to worry about. Until I decided to clean up my HD a bit. I deleted some files. Still nothing wrong, until I tried and deleted this particular .avi
    Every time I merely click on the file, my HD starts spinning like crazy, my system slows down to the point of being completely unusable and the only way to recover from it is a reset. I'm unable to delete the mentioned file no matter what I try! I've tried Norton utilities...I've tried to put it first in quarantaine (sp?) with Norton Antivirus before deleting it (a surefire way I've used before to get rid of more "persistent" files)....nothing gets the job done.
    Does anyone know what's wrong here, or what might help??


    P.s. Right, I forgot. I scanned the whole system for viruses with the latest virusdefinitions....nothing found.
  2. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

    boot up in safe mode and try it there usually works like a charm

  3. Flow

    Flow Guest

    Wow, now that's a fast reply. Thanks!
    Unfortunately, I've tried that and it wouldn't work. I just got an error message. Can't remember what it said though.
  4. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

    hmmmm, well try it again and write done the error message,

  5. I remember reading an artical about creating files that are impossible to remove in Windows. Perhaphs you should attempt to get into DOS and try deleting them from there. Boot disk perhaphs, presuming you have installed on FAT rather than NTFS that is
  6. Flow

    Flow Guest

    NegativeFactor, I'm afraid it's NTFS...

    Iceman, I'll do that first thing this evening.
    I don't have my own pc at hand right now, if you know what I mean ;)

    Thanks for the help guys!
  7. Alan

    Alan its only fun

    In a house
    Hey Flow,

    You could try this,

    Bring up the task manager (ctrl+shift+esc) and end task on explorer under the processes tab. Then Click File>new task and browse to the file and delete it from within the browse window. After that cancel out of the browse window and type explorer in the "Create New Task" window and hit enter.

    Hope this helps you


  8. Flow

    Flow Guest

    Thanks Alan,
    I'll try.