NTFS Drive - Zone.Identifier Files - How to delete them?
Posted on 2012-03-20
I have a user with a bunch of Zone.Identifier files on their local HDD under Win XP Pro which I cannot delete.
I have searched and read-up on what they are, and how they arose, and I understand all that, but the advice on getting rid of them seems to be, that you have to remove the associated original file to get rid of the Zone.Identifier files.
The user has already deleted all the original files (including the zip file that started it all), but the Zone.Identifier files are still there.
So, the situation now is that they have a folder on their HDD (D:\Temp\Z\) that contains nothing but Zone.Identifier files and sub-folders that themselves contain nothing but Zone.Identifier files.
There are no associated files on the user's drive.
I can rename, but not delete the folders.
I have tried (all as the user and subsequently as administrator):
- deleting them from Windows Explorer (permission denied)
- renaming them from Windows Explorer (permission denied)
- deleting them from a command prompt (The system cannot find the file specified)
- Changing the file attributes from a command prompt (Unable to change attribute)
- Changing the file permissions (Right Click - Properties does not even give a 'security' tab)
- Changing the file permissions on the top (D:\Temp\Z\) folder to 'Everyone' / 'Full Control' / Forcing all child objects to inherit permissions.
- Changing ownership of the top level folder to me (administrator) and deleting, but still permission denied
How can I get rid of these files?