Windows cannot access device path or file

By Ajax9519 · 4 replies
Mar 11, 2012
  1. Hello!

    Okay, recently I've been having some trouble. Whenever I tried to open an txt file, and sometimes Google Chrome application. I got a "Windows cannot access the specified device path or file." I also had random redirects from search engines.

    can u please help me?
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Welcome to TechSpot!

    Are you sure it's a .txt file and not an .exe file?

    If you would like us to check the system for malware, please follow these steps: Preliminary Virus and Malware Removal.

    NOTE: If you already have any of the scanning programs on the computer, please remove them and download the versions in these links.

    When you have finished, leave the logs for review in your next reply .
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  3. Ajax9519

    Ajax9519 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes txt files and some other weird problems.


    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Trial)

    Database version: v2012.03.11.08

    Windows 7 Service Pack 1 x86 NTFS
    Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421
    nati :: NATI-PC [administrator]

    Protection: Enabled

    11/03/2012 18:04:30
    mbam-log-2012-03-11 (18-04-30).txt

    Scan type: Quick scan
    Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
    Scan options disabled: P2P
    Objects scanned: 193152
    Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 28 second(s)

    Memory Processes Detected: 0
    (No malicious items detected)

    Memory Modules Detected: 0
    (No malicious items detected)

    Registry Keys Detected: 0
    (No malicious items detected)

    Registry Values Detected: 0
    (No malicious items detected)

    Registry Data Items Detected: 0
    (No malicious items detected)

    Folders Detected: 0
    (No malicious items detected)

    Files Detected: 0
    (No malicious items detected)

  4. Ajax9519

    Ajax9519 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    i know that i cant post links like said in the rules but like i said i cant access to logs/txt files so here is the link

    DDS and Attach:
    Both logs wont appear after the scan. probably because of my problem
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Why are you leaving a link from a file sharing site? We give you links for every scan we ask you to run.

    Please describe "other weird problems."
    You may have a permissions issue. In this case, make sure you are an Administrator or you are part of the Domain Admins group if you are in a domain.

    Right-click on the file and choose Run As. Then type in the Administrator credentials and try to run the file. If you are able to run it, that means you account is not setup properly or is not in the right user group.

    If that is not enough, go ahead and run this:
    Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista and save to your desktop.
    • Unzip (extract) the files contained in the zipfile.
    • Double-click the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file and click through the prompts.
    • Confirm YES for notice about using the Registry Editor
    • No reboot necessary.
    Here’s what the new right-click menu will look like after installing this registry hack.
    (Images courtesy howtogeek)
    This should allow you to do the right click on those parts of the system that are denying you permissions and 'take ownership.'
    I think it most likely that the file type isn't set correctly and the 'open as' in the file extensions may not be set right. Go to the Control Panel and select Folder Options> File tab> Scroll down to the TXT extension and look to the right> what does it have as the file type?
    Please see if either or both of the above will resolve the access problem.

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