Have not had time yet to look closer but I have a persistent file in the recycle folder on a WinXP system that was preventing deletion of any files. I have dealt with all other files via cmd prompt except the 'REAL' problem file which has already been flagged by AV.
I had wnted to remove the recycle bin - as I believe you can do in Win7 - and allow Windows to create a new folder but I di not tjink this is OK in WinXP.
Just FYI, I have not yet had the chance to simply check permissions on the file but I doubt it will be that simple. Also when last there I was not allowed the time to boot to safe mode. That is also already on my list.
What is/are the safest way to get rid of this problem file OTHER than than my two remaining points/targets above? Is removal of recycle bin as easy as shutting off a service and deleting the related folder? Have seen this is not a good idea on XP somewhere.