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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Tyler Gagnon

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Posted December 13 2004 - 10:46 AM

i am trying to delete something my son downloaded and everytime i try, a message comes up saying it is being used by another person or program, I have tried everything, Any suggestions.

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Rob Silver

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Posted December 13 2004 - 10:51 AM

Restart system, that will free up the file.

#3 of 12 OFFLINE   SethH



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Posted December 13 2004 - 11:23 AM

That may or may not work. If it does not, you'll need to start in safe-mode to delete it.

#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Jeff Jacobson

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Posted December 13 2004 - 12:21 PM

I had a situation once where even restarting in Safe Mode didn't work. In that I had to open a command prompt and close "Explorer" in the Task Manager. Then in the command prompt, I used the DEL command to delete the file.

#5 of 12 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted December 13 2004 - 01:47 PM

Safe mode/command prompt only is the other way to do this. It prevents the GUI from loading entirely and lets you work at a command prompt. You just need to make note of the complete path to the offending file.


#6 of 12 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted December 13 2004 - 06:03 PM

Another method - since it is going because another program is using it, then stop the other program!

Even if you don't know what it is, do a 3-finger salute. Start at the bottom of the list. Write the name down and stop it. Then see if you can delete it. If not, repeat.

You write these down because if you stop a critical file, Windows will crash (duh)! Then you can reboot and know not to stop that program from running.

I do like booting into DOS and doing it that way, and get the file attributes first, or just clear all of them. If the file is in a directory maybe you can give the directory a new name! When it reboots it won't be there! Ha, ha! Gottcha! Posted Image

Also check to see that your autoexec.bat file hasn't been changed to include that program in your start-up. Check your start-up menu too.


#7 of 12 OFFLINE   Jordan_Brulotte


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Posted December 13 2004 - 07:59 PM

I'd do one thing first. It sounds to me like spyware. Download Ad-aware, or Spy-bot if you do not have them. Most spyware will auto load on startup and will not show up in the task manager either. This makes it a huge pain to get rid of. Both of those programs are excellent and FREE!

Install one of the 2, update it, then run it. If it can't remove all of it, it may ask you to reset. If it does it will scan again when it boots up, but this time getting rid of the garbage before it can load.

#8 of 12 OFFLINE   Mike Fassler

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Posted December 14 2004 - 02:52 AM

what is the software you are having issues removing? try and find it in the process list and stop the process, you should be able to remove it no problem then.

#9 of 12 OFFLINE   brentl



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Posted December 14 2004 - 03:55 AM

Download "who lock me" to find out what program is holding onto it.


#10 of 12 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted December 14 2004 - 07:16 AM

couple other ideas.

run "msconfig" and see what items are in your startup. see if your program is listed, if so deactivate it from startup

find a program called "end it all 2" - it's sort of hard to find now, but it's out there. it will close any non-essential programs.

what os are you using? if it's xp, see if you can use the system restore utility to set your pc back to before it was affected

#11 of 12 OFFLINE   Greg*go


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Posted December 14 2004 - 08:20 AM

Did you try the delete key?
I certainly don't expect anyone to remember me 65 years after I die, but you wouldn't know that from the way I act.

#12 of 12 OFFLINE   Geoff::L



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Posted December 16 2004 - 09:51 AM

I also had that problem.
This site gave me some suggestions: http://www.michna.co...annotDelete.htm