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File Reappears after deletion

By dustinl15
Sep 24, 2006
  1. I deleted an empty folder from My Documents and everytime I restart the folder comes back. I have tried a Shift+Del to get rid of it permanently but it doesn't work. Anybody have any ideas.
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    What type of file is it? An install file, Word document, PDF file?
     
  4. dustinl15

    dustinl15 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    It is just an old Folder that is empty and I want to get rid of it.
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Good post Howard...
    Ahhh those hidden files :)
     
  7. dustinl15

    dustinl15 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Nothing was hidden, I'll have to keep trying, and see if I can see why its not working.
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Can you give us some details of the folder? Where and how was it created and by what programme if any.

    I take it deleting it in safe mode didn`t help?

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    dustinl15,
    do a right-click on the folder and tell us what you find in the "properties".
     
  10. dustinl15

    dustinl15 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Its a folder I created by right clicking and then clicking new folder. It is read only, 0 for size and 0 files in it. Its just funny that it deletes but after a restart comes back.
     
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    That`s weird. What directory is it in? Have you tried renaming the folder and deleting it?

    Regards Howard :)
     
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    I wonder if the folder was left by a virus or spyware infection :(
     
  13. dustinl15

    dustinl15 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    I have tried all of your ideas but none of these things work. Like I said I had created the folder about 1 month ago and now I dont need it and since it was empty I was going to delete it but it just won't go away. Guess I might have to live with it there.
     
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    This is certainly not a normal occurrence, but if you can "live" with it... so be it
     
  15. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Try creating another folder, then drag the folder you can`t delete into it. Then try deleting the new folder. See if that works.

    Like Tmagic650 said, it`s not normal.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  16. dustinl15

    dustinl15 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Thanks everybody for the ideas but nothing is working. So I thought rename it and I will use it for something else. Good Idea......but the name changes back to what it was earlier after I restart. Now this is starting to drive me nuts and I don't know what to do next but just let and "live with it".
     
  17. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Try deleting the folder using the Unlocker programme.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  18. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Nice Howard,
    I'll keep this in my Utilities folder
     
  19. dustinl15

    dustinl15 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 49

    I tried the unlocker program, and it removed it but it still came back. I think my computer is cursed.
     
  20. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Two things I`d like you to do.

    1: Tell me exactly where the folder is located and what it`s called.

    2: Read this thread HERE and then post a HJT log.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  21. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    I don't think this is a folder you created. What's the name of the folder? What's inside the folder? What is the location of the folder?
     
  22. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    It seems to me that I have seen this before, but where? A phantom program created the file and the only way I got rid of it, was to format the drive. Could this phantom file folder have been created by something from AOL or Symantec?
     
  23. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    From what dustinl15 has said, it`s a folder he created himself.

    So your guess is as good as mine.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  24. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    We know nothing is inside the folder

    We know that dustinl15 said he created the folder

    We don't know where the folder is located

    We don't know the folder name that reappears when the reappearing folder reappears :)

    Can you answer us dustinl15?
     
  25. N3051M

    N3051M TS Rookie Posts: 2,800

    You mentioned above about read-only status.. check that you have correct permissions and maybe uncheck that box with read-only and try deleting?

    The location may help in finding out some more info about the folder like howard's asked you eg C:\windows\user\new folder etc.

    If you're up to it and you are cleared of malware/etc by howard then you can try search the registry to see if that folder is being listed as a system/shell folder and hence recreating itself (possibility?)

    EDIT: hmm.. didnt see the second page :\.. maybe give him some time, he might've gone to bed or something already..
     
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