Trying to delete a stubborn file

By drensmith
Jan 3, 2013
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  1. I need something to delete a file,, cant do it in uninstall
  2. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,286   +49

  3. drensmith

    drensmith Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Thanx,,ill try
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Posts: 4,553   +184

  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,061   +1,179

    Sometimes Windows will catch a glitch and not release the lockout on a file. The lockout is usually for files that are in use to prevent other programs from changing them while they are in use. When the glitch occurs, a simple reboot sometimes corrects the glitch.
    For the record, are you trying to remove a file or un-install an application?
    fimbles and DragonMaster Jay like this.
  6. drensmith

    drensmith Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Uninstall a file,,,its whats left of "iminent". its either spyware or something malecious. suprspyware, amd anvi smart defender couldent detect it.
  7. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,286   +49

  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,086   +154

    Also Process Explorer's "Find Handle" feature can tell you what process is locking the file. You can kill the process and delete the file then...
  9. drensmith

    drensmith Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 86

    I am not running I.e., but ill look for it,,thanks,,,how do I stop those annoying I think apps. that show up when you first put comp on?
  10. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 748   +111

    Try to post some screen shots of your problem.

    the "apps" may be malware which needs to be investigated further or just registry remnants which can immediately be cleaned by manually deleting some registry entries or using third-part tools like the free ccleaner tool.

    also, you can try to login in SAFE MODE, then uninstall/delete your undesired file/program.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,061   +1,179

    If you are asking about stopping an app from loading into memory when the PC starts, you can use "msconfig" to disable startup entries. Or you can use CCleaner to remove the startup entries completely.


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