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Old 05-13-2008, 08:02 PM   #16
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Re: Are there any tech junkies on the boards that can help me?

Run chkdsk on the drive from the command prompt:
1. Start | Run
2. Type "cmd" (w/o quotes)
3. Type "c:" (w/o quotes)
4. Type "chkdsk /r" (w/o quotes)
5. When it prompts you to run when computer restarts, enter "y" (w/o quotes)
6. Restart your computer

After it scans the disk on startup (which could take a while), then try to delete the file again.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:24 PM   #17
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If you're logged in as Admin, should let you do anything, including delete that file...did you just not see it?

Run anti-virus and anti-spyware programs (with a regular boot) and see what comes up. Also run HiJackThis and see if anything looks suspicious.
When I'm logged in as Admin on safe mode, none of my files are there, it only has the very basic files that came with the computer. When I log in on my account though it has everything that i've added on there. If the file was there on admin I would've tried to delete it but it wasn't, i ran a search for it and everything.

And thanks ods, I'm gonna try that. Also, one more q, if I type all that is it gonna scan my C drive? Because the file is in my music folder, which is in my documents, and you can't get to my documents through the C drive.
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When I'm logged in as Admin on safe mode, none of my files are there, it only has the very basic files that came with the computer. When I log in on my account though it has everything that i've added on there. If the file was there on admin I would've tried to delete it but it wasn't, i ran a search for it and everything.

And thanks ods, I'm gonna try that. Also, one more q, if I type all that is it gonna scan my C drive? Because the file is in my music folder, which is in my documents, and you can't get to my documents through the C drive.
"My Documents" is located at C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\ (unless you manually changed the setting by right-clicking on "My Documents"). So, unless you've moved it, it's on the C: drive. If you have moved it, then scan the C: drive and whatever drive the file is located on.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:43 PM   #19
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Also, try accessing that directory when logged in as Administrator - you should find all of your files there.
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So I just tried that, I went into Admin on safe mode and I actually did find my music folder and the invalid file in it. But it still wouldn't let me move or delete or do anything with it, so I just left it and logged out of safe mode again. none of the virus programs i've used have detected anything, so I feel mildly safer that it might not be a virus. I'm about to run what ODS said with the command prompt.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:25 PM   #21
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So I tried the steps you said ODS but it didn't do anything. I opened up the command prompt, typed in c: and then chkdsk /r and then the thing came up and said it couldn't run it right now but i could reschedule it so it runs the next time i restart my computer, and i hit y. Then after that I restarted my computer but it didn't do anything, I logged on my account and it never ran or came up.

If all else fails and I start seeing viral-like symtoms on my computer, then my trump card is the recovery disks that came with it. It'll delete everything off my hard drive and essentially give me a clean brand new computer where i'll have to restart everything and download everything i had on it before again, but it's a small price to pay to not have a virus infect my computer. I'd have to go a few days without the internet until my parents could get someone to come in and install this little program that puts my computer in the home network but at the end of the day it's not that bad. My brother got a virus on his, my mother got a virus on hers and it screwed both of them up so bad they couldn't do anything on it again, they couldn't even get the recovery disks to run, and I def. don't want that to happen to me because I'd have to go months without a computer lolol.
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That's odd. You can try the same thing in safe-mode with command prompt - that might get it going. If it doesn't, try chkdsk /f
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what is the file called? I have never heard of anything like this before.
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The only other thing I can think of to ask is if System Restore is on. If so, you might be able to go back to the time before downloading the file without losing too much information.
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Spybot is very effective, and so is AVG. I have the free version of AVG, and it updates by itself every day, and my computer has never had a virus (I put AVG on it the day after I bought it). I've never heard of your problem, but if you run thorough virus scans and nothing comes up, I wouldn't worry about it.

If all else fails, get a Mac. My Dad and brother both own them, and man are they great.
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what is the file called? I have never heard of anything like this before.
it's a m4a file, I was trying to download a song called Free by a band called Vast and I wasn't paying attention when I clicked it, it's a very small file that is only 224 KB's. That was my first clue. every song is anywhere between 1000-10000 kb's but when you download a file that's like 224 KB's it's never a song. I've downloaded one once before but I was able to delete it, I've never had a problem like this before.

I'll try what you just suggested ODS, but if that doesn't work and if the system restore thing BDB talked about doesn't work then I'll just live with it as long as it doesn't turn out to be a bad virus, in which case I'll just start the recovery disks.
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Good luck - rebuilding a system sucks, but sometimes it's the only thing that will work.
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mooby - check this link out...

Cannot delete a file in Windows XP? Here's the simple way to delete the file and remove the access denied error.
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Hmm, I'm running out of ideas. I've tried everything you guys have suggested but I still can't do anything with it. I was at that site BDB and I downloaded that file mover/deleter thing and installed it, but when I tried to delete it it said the file was invalid so idk what to do know lol.
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:33 PM   #30
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Yeah, that will only work on a file that is locked - not a corrupted file. I think you have a corrupted file.
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