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Re: Help! Can't delete a file in Windows XP!

 
 
kelly
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      16th Aug 2011
On Aug 1, 9:37*pm, (E-Mail Removed) (Guy Fletcher) wrote:
> This should be so simple on the face of it, but aaaaargh!
>
> In a nutshell, I have a virus that has corrupted the USERINIT registry
> entry. Identified it ok. Just need to delete c:\program\abc\def.exe (I
> got the name from regedit.)
>
> 1. I can't delete folder "abc" because it says it's "not empty". Fair
> enough, I'll delete "def" first.
> 2. Uh huh. Says "def" isn't there.
> 3. I go into DOS (or rather the command prompt feature of WXP).
> 4. I do the ATTRIB command for -r -s -h, and it takes it without error
> message..... BUT nothing's changed, at all!
> 5. Read on the internet that the TYPE command ignores whether files
> are hidden/system, so I do that on def.exe.
> 6. YES! It lists gobbledegook (as expected with .exe data) so that
> proves it DOES exist and is still there.
>
> So - the question seems to be why the ATTRIB command had no
> effect..... anybody have any suggestions?
>
> Thanks
> Guy


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