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18 Dec 2010   #1

windows 7 64biit
help- temp internet file

hi all
I downloaded some media files to my desktop and then realised they were crap and deleted them. I have 4 files that are blank left on the desk top that wont let me delete them. please help

this is the file. It is empty. When i try to delete it is says " cannot find this item, this is no longer at the above location."
How do i delete it please

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Welcome to SF!

This is going to sound obvious, but did you try refreshing the desktop [F5]?

If they are still there, post back and we'll dig further.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2010   #3

windows 7 64biit

Yes mate first thing i tried. They are still there
My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 Dec 2010   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Is there anything actually located at that file path location? I'm kind of surprised that that error didn't provide a means of deleting those itself. That is what usually happens when a file isn't found.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Some things to try. First, navigate to C:\users\(Username)\Desktop and see if the files are listed there, and whether you can delete them there. OR Download the free LockHunter and right click one of the files and choose What is locking this file? See if it finds any processes locking the file. Even if not, you can choose to have it delete the file. Hopefully that will work. Also, right click the file and see if it will bring up the properties, if so, there should be a file path there that may help you track it down (assuming it's not just desktop). A Guy
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19 Dec 2010   #6

windows 7 64biit

Hi i ran the tool provided to unlock the file, but it is not locked nor will it let me delete it. IU went to computer-c drive-users-and the file is listed there also, although i cannot delete it there either.
the file path is C\users\clive ranger(computer name)\desktop\out.php_member=arrapante. It was part of a download of a media website, i think it was advertising. I deleted all the advertising files but these stayed. You can open them and go to prooperties but there is nothing in them they are empty.
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19 Dec 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Odd, boot to safe mode and try to delete them from there. Try dragging them to the recycle bin as well, rather than right click and delete. Download this brilliant little program, no installation necessary:


And try that. A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Couple of things you can try if nothing else is working.

Open a command prompt and navigate to the desktop directory (C:\users\<username>\desktop), then type dir. Then use the del command to delete the files, using the exact name that they are displayed with via the dir command.

You could also run CCleaner, run both regular and registry cleanup.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Lol, Bill beat me to it. I'll add to his method a bit. Open task manager and right click on explorer.exe and choose End process. Then open an advanced command prompt and delete the file using Bill's suggestion. After deletion, open task manager and click File> New task> and type explorer.exe and click OK (or reboot PC). A Guy

P.S. This was a torrent download correct? Your posts reminded me I'd seen this before and the command prompt was the way to do it, but unlike Bill, I had to google the terms
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2010   #10

windows 7 64biit

Hi guys thanks for help so far. I was saving a media file -right click and save as but it downloaded about 29 media files to deesktop so i deleted them or so i thought. I downloaded the filekiller but it wouldnt let me select the file saying location not found....
I tried it in safe mode with networking yesterday and that didnt work either, deleting or dragging to recycle bin. The last post from A Guy seems best but i need it in lamens terms sorry. Understand all until the command prompt bit
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