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kz
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12th Jun 06 at 19:19   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

hi i have a file which has installed itself on my computer, it says its a jpg, but it isnt because when i open it in firefox, it opens a directory of my entire C:/ now this looks very suspect! it also has a very dodgy filename which cannot be changed! i even tried going in from V:/ (my partitioned vista drive) and deleting it from there, but it just wont go.

ive run AVG, Ad-Aware and Spybot and not one of them has done anything about it. any ideas!?
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12th Jun 06 at 19:27   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

load your pc in safe mode, delete it. It may be a system file currently in use by one of your (dodgy) background applications. Or, a bug with Vista Beta.
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it's a running process then...go to task manager, processes, identify and end process there..then delete
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tried that mate still wont delete in safe mode. oh and the files not actually in vista, its in my C:/ which is windows xp, i just tried going through vista to delete it!
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read my post
kz
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no mate it aint a running process, its aint even an executable file
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If its a dll you'll need to unreg it.

Read this

http://www.ss64.com/nt/regsvr32.html


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kz
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lol totally lost me there ian. its so annoying i cant find out the real file extention as it hides as a jpg!?
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what's the name?
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this sounds like an illegal file length, causing windows to trip over itself when trying to delete it, or even rename it. easiest way is to locate file using the COMMAND utility in Run. do a DIR check to find the file, then use the DEL command, making sure the filename uses the 8 charecter specification, ie, C:\PROGRA~1

this is an example of how it should look. fhrtyu is an example of the first six charecters of the filename. this should work
C:\del fhrtyu~1.jpg
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oh and dont use CMD, use COMMAND
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hey man i think that might be working. but i have a space, example the filename starts "REAL good" so how do i do this? i tried

DEL REAL g~1.jpg
DEL REAL_g~1.jpg

?
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Man take a look at this, it is a fantastic program and will kill any process using a file.

http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
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quote:
Originally posted by kz
hey man i think that might be working. but i have a space, example the filename starts "REAL good" so how do i do this? i tried

DEL REAL g~1.jpg
DEL REAL_g~1.jpg

?


DEL REALGO~1.jpg
kz
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15th Jun 06 at 18:25   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Cybermonkey
quote:
Originally posted by kz
hey man i think that might be working. but i have a space, example the filename starts "REAL good" so how do i do this? i tried

DEL REAL g~1.jpg
DEL REAL_g~1.jpg

?


DEL REALGO~1.jpg


FUCKING LEGEND MATE! it worked one question though, where does it go? its not in the recycle bin so im guessing its just properly deleted off the hard drive?
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16th Jun 06 at 08:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yes its a command prompt delete, so the entry is removed from your file system, depending whether you are using FAT or NTFS. it wont show its ugly face again, however run a virus scan to be on the safe side...

 
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