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File Renamed Itself, Now I Can't Delete It!! Help!!!

Discussion in 'Windows - Virus and spyware problems' started by Hiei3, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. KotaGuy

    KotaGuy Regular member

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    Actually... I need to know the file name.... not just the extension. To delete it you are going to need to End Task explorer and delete it from the command prompt.

    Without knowing the name of the file... I cannot give you proper instructions for it.

    Do not edit the log.
     
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  2. Hiei3

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    Well Indochine, it's not really an embarassment issue. It's just more of a nuissance. Below is the log, replaced with BadFileName (I'll leave the extensions). Indochine and KotaGuy, I'll PM the log to you guys fully unedited. I don't mean to make this so difficult, but.. well I'm sure you know the reason by now.

    Meh... I hate viruses.

    Anyway here's the log with the problem-file's name edited (extensions are still the same). There was a space after the name and before the first ".jpg" so I left that there in case it counts for anything. The file is the 3rd line from where the dates start:


    Volume in drive C has no label.
    Volume Serial Number is A059-7960

    Directory of C:\DOCUME~1\home\desktop

    04/21/2007 12:10 PM <DIR> .
    04/21/2007 12:10 PM <DIR> ..
    04/19/2007 11:27 AM 460,163 BadFileName .jpg.jpg
    04/21/2007 12:10 PM <DIR> Anthony's Faves
    01/30/2007 06:23 PM <DIR> Anthony's School Stuff
    09/05/2006 03:07 PM 628 ArtCursors.lnk
    04/15/2007 07:00 PM <DIR> Ashley's Faves
    11/08/2006 09:55 PM <DIR> Ashley's Pageant Pics
    04/03/2007 05:59 PM 9,598,360 bian_lian.avi
    06/13/2006 01:00 PM 694 BitComet.lnk
    11/18/2006 07:00 PM 3,293,392 Black Hole - No SetUp.AVI
    11/18/2006 06:38 PM 3,852,920 Black Hole - SetUp.AVI
    01/19/2007 05:48 PM 9,843 blankmask.jpg
    01/18/2007 09:04 AM 5,650,990 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen.mp3
    03/17/2007 07:39 PM 756,840 cam002.AVI
    04/15/2007 04:59 PM 281 CANZ expl.url
    10/19/2006 09:03 PM 17,925 card_edit.jpg
    01/08/2007 02:51 PM 155,982 carnage_banner.psp
    04/12/2007 09:49 AM 55,350 chinname.bmp
    09/30/2006 06:14 PM 19,456 Cyril Hershey Trick.doc
    03/26/2007 08:04 PM <DIR> DRIVER ED
    03/12/2007 09:56 AM 33,033 drumidea1.MUS
    03/17/2007 02:15 PM 405,852 dustin.JPG
    03/09/2007 01:08 PM 61,168 eepangel.jpg
    03/27/2007 03:24 PM 71,994 elvish_name.bmp
    04/16/2007 11:27 AM 38,912 ES Temperature Lab instructions.doc
    04/16/2007 11:27 AM 56,832 ES Temperature lab report.doc
    09/08/2006 02:16 PM 209 eSnips.com - 1GB Free Upload Space.url
    02/14/2007 03:55 PM 19,456 Europe Russian Message.doc
    10/29/2005 11:13 AM 1,013 Evil Genius.lnk
    12/20/2006 02:23 PM 2,312,470 fire poi.wmv
    04/19/2007 11:42 AM 244,668,416 Full Metal Alchemist - 51 Laws and Promises (engdub).avi
    04/20/2007 08:47 PM 53,154 GoW.jpg
    04/20/2007 08:56 PM 206,781 GoWedit.jpg
    12/27/2005 09:58 PM 616 Guild Wars.lnk
    02/28/2006 04:54 PM 805 Halo Zero.lnk
    05/17/2006 09:00 PM 4,584,984 haloce_patch_107.exe
    10/12/2006 05:11 PM 1,196,854 Hell Hole Concept.bmp
    01/04/2007 08:53 AM 2,375,307 Highway to Hell - Hayseed Dixie.mp3
    03/01/2007 03:34 PM 188,056 historywb.png
    06/12/2006 01:56 PM 126 HostingOn.com - Cheap Web Host.url
    03/01/2007 09:20 AM <DIR> Icon
    03/04/2006 02:29 PM 1,510 IMVU.lnk
    02/21/2007 12:54 PM <DIR> Intro
    06/12/2006 12:03 PM 444 layout.txt
    09/14/2006 10:35 AM 160 Learn Any Language - Rosetta Stone - Erie Library.url
    09/10/2006 08:39 PM 1,580 LimeWire 4.12.6.lnk
    01/26/2007 06:29 PM 23,552 Magic Wish List.doc
    03/09/2007 11:05 AM 11,543 mask_idea1.jpg
    04/15/2007 03:58 PM <DIR> matts songs
    04/03/2006 05:16 PM 70,656 molotov_cocktail.gmax
    02/12/2007 08:06 PM 21,504 Moskau full lyrics.doc
    03/01/2007 10:40 PM 6,032,449 Motley Crue - 10,000 Miles Away.mp3
    03/02/2007 09:02 PM <DIR> My Videos
    04/04/2007 12:56 PM <DIR> New Magic
    04/05/2007 08:44 AM 19,456 note to self.doc
    01/17/2007 07:22 PM 9,524,369 Penguin Magic - Graffiti by Jay Sankey - Explanation.mpg
    03/14/2007 08:06 PM 2,447,070 penguin.bmp
    07/21/2006 07:51 PM 719 Photoshop CS 8.lnk
    09/08/2006 01:10 PM 7,510 po_mask_cur1.ani
    03/17/2007 03:05 PM 4,005,848 Pretzel.wmv
    10/24/2006 01:50 PM 1,811 Puzzle Pirates.lnk
    01/03/2007 06:40 PM 3,078,628 Rammstein - Final Fantasy X.mp3
    01/03/2007 06:42 PM 938,156 Rammstein - Smurf (Very rare).mp3
    03/24/2007 12:52 PM 36,575 realm1.jpg
    01/25/2007 09:05 PM 25,223,168 Saddam_Hussein_execution_by_hanging.mpg
    04/04/2007 12:55 PM <DIR> Shakespeare Project
    03/28/2007 05:07 PM 19,456 shortanswerquestions.doc
    10/17/2006 04:51 PM 19,968 Signed-Unsigned Card in Can.doc
    02/17/2007 04:30 PM 7,935 Sims 2 PS2 Food Guide.txt
    01/25/2007 09:26 PM 56,864,592 Snl saturday night live - Jim Carrey & Will Ferrell - Jacuzzi lifeguard.mpg
    01/08/2007 03:23 PM 318,407 Snow Web.JPG
    03/21/2007 02:40 PM 13,917 spade.jpg
    03/29/2007 02:57 PM 23,552 Stage Magic Effects.doc
    12/04/2006 02:25 PM 30,430 The Secrets of Metal Bending DVD + Metalblast Book.htm
    11/10/2006 09:53 PM 273,342 thumb_war.bmp
    11/18/2006 03:47 PM 1,728 Trouble Maker.lnk
    04/18/2007 12:29 PM 42,496 Weather exam study guide student version.doc
    02/23/2007 04:59 PM 24,064 White email.doc
    02/26/2005 01:42 PM 1,475 Windows Explorer.lnk
    67 File(s) 389,236,932 bytes
    13 Dir(s) 133,297,688,576 bytes free
     
  3. KotaGuy

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    Click Start>Run type in cmd and hit Enter. Leave that window open.

    Hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE to bring up the Task Manager. End Task explorer.exe.

    Your Desktop will disappear... this is normal... don't worry about it.

    Go back to the commmand window you opened up and type in the following:

    del /q C:\DOCUME~1\home\desktop\2 real l~.jpg

    And hit Enter.

    Reboot.

    The file should no longer be on your Desktop.
     
  4. Hiei3

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    Ok KotaGuy, thanks, I'll try it. When I'm typing the file name, should I just shorten it like you said and end it with a ~? Or do I need to put the whole file name?
     
  5. Indochine

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    That ~ character confuses me. I would expect a * in that place...
     
  6. KotaGuy

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    The ~(tilde) character is an old 8.3 naming convention thing. A throwback from old DOS. It allows you to shorten a name without having to type the entire name out.

    The problem you have been having with not being able to delete the file is an issue with a Windows limitation of only being able to have 256 characters in a file name.

     
  7. Indochine

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    Kotaguy, you have taught me something new. Thanks.
     
  8. KotaGuy

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    You're welcome :)
     
  9. bWileyMwB

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    OP, did this solve your problem?

    sorry for butting in i've been watching this post because I have a similar problem, and I'm curious as to whether this worked for you or not :)
     
  10. Hiei3

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    OMFG!!! I was so convinced it'd word! It seemed perfect!!! I got this error when I tried what you said. I think the spaces are a problem because it seems to be taking it as 2 different names. Of course, I can't rename it, so I can't fix that. Here's what it said.

    [​IMG]

    *sighs* Any other ideas as to how to get around this?
    Guys I really appreciate the time you're spending on this, by the way.
     
  11. KotaGuy

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    OK... no worries. The spaces must be messing it up.

    Try this instead.

    Do as you did before but at the command prompt type in this:

    del /q C:\DOCUME~1\home\desktop\2*.jpg
     
  12. bkf

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    I that does not work ill go through my post history for the name of a free file that worked for another poster when their computer insisted the file was not there but was. It was almost like a root kit file because it tricked the windows api. It was on their desktop and could not be moved or renamed and it showed up as empty, least that is what the computer thought. Actually as I remember it did show up in rootkit reveler but nothing seemed to be able to delete it in any mode except this small program. Ill keep watching.
     
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  13. KotaGuy

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    This isn't a rootkit issue, bkf. I've dealt with this before. It's because of the 256 character limitation for file names.
     
  14. Hiei3

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    Awesome, it worked. Thanks a bunch KotaGuy, Indochine, and everyone else who helped. Not sure what it was doing, but whatever it was it shouldn't be now. Whoever said they had a similar problem, KotaGuy's latest suggestion worked. KotaGuy, I tried your new suggestion with just a 2*.jpg, that's what worked. I didn't see if the ~ would work this time, so I don't know (eg: 2~.jpg). But the * works. Thanks again guys.

    ^_^

    [Hiei3]
     
  15. KotaGuy

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    Good to hear :)
     
  16. WierdName

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    And thats why you dont download songs from questionable legality sites. Now heres my suggestion: try a program called wipe and delete.

    EDIT- Oh, and I forgot the obvious, GET ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE.
     
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  17. Hiei3

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    Thanks, but I believe I've already said I have anti-virus software. And yes, I know, you're not suppose to download music. I've never had problems with it before, so it seemed, well, alright I guess. And, thanks again, but I don't need wipe and delete anymore, as I've already fixed the problem.

    [Hiei3]
     
  18. WierdName

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    Oh, sorry. I read the first page then click "reply".
     

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