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Windows 7: Ghost file appearing only when I search for it

26 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Ghost file appearing only when I search for it

Hi,

I have a file that only appears when I search for it ex, if i type *.gif, it appears in the explorer window.
when i try to delete it I get a message saying "this is no longer located in (path) verify the item's location and try again"

how can i delete this file for good or how can I make it not appear on the searches anymore ??

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26 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Turn off "view hidden files"?
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26 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mohavepc View Post
Turn off "view hidden files"?
sorry when I put ghost file I mean I already deleted that file long time ago. It is not hidden it is just broken .. shows 0kb
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26 Apr 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello qwertymikey,

You might see if using the free program Unlocker on it may be able to delete this ghost file for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello qwertymikey,

You might see if using the free program Unlocker on it may be able to delete this ghost file for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Brink what about the DOS method? from and administrative CMD prompt?
I wont post it unless given the ok to do so.

Undeletable File - Delete
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26 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello qwertymikey,

You might see if using the free program Unlocker on it may be able to delete this ghost file for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
hi brink

yes i tried unlocker and i couldnt find the file lol. it only appears if i search for it, like if i type the name in the start menu or search by *.gif in the folder :S. if i open the folder from the explorer it doesnt appear.

i already used ccleaner and nothing :s
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26 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mohavepc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello qwertymikey,

You might see if using the free program Unlocker on it may be able to delete this ghost file for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Brink what about the DOS method? from and administrative CMD prompt?
I wont post it unless given the ok to do so.
i tried that too. it said file not found
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26 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hmmm, ok. Have you already restarted the PC to see if it's still there afterwards?



If so, give this a try:
  1. Open Notebook
  2. In Notebook, click on File (menu bar) and Open.
  3. In the "Open" dialog, navigate to where this ghost file is at.
  4. Then see if you may be able to delete it with Unlocker from within the "Open" dialog.
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26 Apr 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mohavepc View Post
I wont post it unless given the ok to do so.
Of course you could if you like.

I added it to your post.
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26 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hmmm, ok. Have you already restarted the PC to see if it's still there afterwards?



If so, give this a try:
  1. Open Notebook
  2. In Notebook, click on File (menu bar) and Open.
  3. In the "Open" dialog, navigate to where this ghost file is at.
  4. Then see if you may be able to delete it with Unlocker from within the "Open" dialog.
hi yeah, it wasnt working so i just copied all the files to the desktop and removed the folder

but now i have another problem. when I was searching I right clicked and in sort by I chose name (as in sort by name) and now i cannot deselect it :S how can i sort by nothing (only when searching in the folder) ??

also when i right click i get an option that says play with cyberlink powerdvd even though I already removed that program.

sorry for off topic
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