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#1 bobbinbrisco

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Posted 11 September 2003 - 10:28 AM

I downloaded a corrupt video file and i want to delete it from my system. but whenever i try to windows gives me an error saying another program is using the file

>> i suspect explorer is trying to read the file but since it is corrupted, explorer keeps on trying to, and so i cannot delete it.

#2 Pupazz

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Posted 11 September 2003 - 01:10 PM

have you tried opening a DOS box and deleting it using the
command line?
every P2P user will do this once in a while oP

#3 bobbinbrisco

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Posted 11 September 2003 - 01:47 PM

yeah thanks it works

the delete command is: "del"

btw downloading a corrupt video file doesnt mean im a P2P user.

#4 bobbinbrisco

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 05:28 PM

while we're on the topic: how come when using the 'del' command, there is no warning about whether we want to delete the file or not?

#5 ViolentGreen

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 07:17 PM

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while we're on the topic: how come when using the 'del' command, there is no warning about whether we want to delete the file or not?


I guess it figures that if you made the effort to type it all in then you are sure you want it. Windows babies you that way though. It was hard for me to get use to unix not prompting for a confirmation. Afer a <i>rm *<\i> you are out of luck smile

#6 bobbinbrisco

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 02:20 AM

Free program that allows u to remove a file in use

http://www.dslreport...sware~mode=flat

#7 PinkPanther

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:04 PM

login into safe mode will also let you delete almost ant filr, except essential sstem files,

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#8 trilliansucks

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Posted 21 September 2003 - 01:44 PM

open a command promt
kill your user shell
delete the file
restart your shell

will work when deleting from the command prompt with the shell running fails.

#9 Linaku

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 08:12 AM

That DrDelete program was a brilliant idea. I'm not sure where I picked it up, but I managed to get the BankAsh trojan. All I know is that it steals crap I don't want stolen and uses a file alled ash2.dll to do it. That deletion program is set to destroy the little jerk of data. I'm glad I was able to find this site for the reference.

#10 mctonale

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 01:23 AM

I use Unlocker.

#11 camdenbuck

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 09:14 PM

Unlocker

That is an incredible program! I got rid of a file that was using ctfmon...hmmm...thanks again!

#12 Temp123321joe

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:10 PM

yeah thanks it works

the delete command is: "del"

btw downloading a corrupt video file doesnt mean im a P2P user.


When I type del C:\(My Path)
something comes up
Are you sure (Y/N)?
So when I type "Y" or "Yes" nothing happens.
Please help i am a newbie at this.

Thanks.

#13 Temp123321joe

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:11 PM

yeah thanks it works

the delete command is: "del"

btw downloading a corrupt video file doesnt mean im a P2P user.


When I type del C:\(My Path)
something comes up
Are you sure (Y/N)?
So when I type "Y" or "Yes" nothing happens.
Please help i am a newbie at this.

Thanks.

#14 Temp123321joe

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:11 PM

yeah thanks it works

the delete command is: "del"

btw downloading a corrupt video file doesnt mean im a P2P user.


When I type del C:\(My Path)
something comes up
Are you sure (Y/N)?
So when I type "Y" or "Yes" nothing happens.
Please help i am a newbie at this.

Thanks.

#15 Temp123321joe

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:11 PM

yeah thanks it works

the delete command is: "del"

btw downloading a corrupt video file doesnt mean im a P2P user.


When I type del C:\(My Path)
something comes up
Are you sure (Y/N)?
So when I type "Y" or "Yes" nothing happens.
Please help i am a newbie at this.

Thanks.




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