Windows XP Recycle Bin - no permission to remove file

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.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You might be able to restore the file to (say) c:\temp and then delete it from there. See if that works. Be careful if it is a virus.
try unlocker - it can help :
DanielTAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the posts.
Will let you know after I can get back into the site.

Is unlocker not just for "files in use"?
This is a permissions issue as set by the malware, I'm sure.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Unlocker can unlock a file in use or otherwise locked. It is good but does not always succeed. Try it after you restore to c:\temp and try deleting it there.
The file is already in use although it is in recycle bin.

Safest way to get it deleted is to boot your machine in safe mode an delete file from recycle bin...
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
My wild guess is that the HDD has logical disk error.

Try to schedule a check disk or run a chdsk.exe /r command when you start the windows XP in command prompt only mode.
DanielTAuthor Commented:

No word on this - have not been back in so I cannot update further.
Will have to a little longer as they are closed for a few weeks!
DanielTAuthor Commented:
Hi everyone

Posting only to say this is not abandoned.
Site has been closed and system has not been accessible.

Will update when possible and advise.
DanielTAuthor Commented:
FYI to admin
I object to that suggestion.
There was adequate activity and clarity in this thread to not close it in the first place.
DanielTAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all who tried to assist.
Sorry about the 'admin' detours.

The problem was resolved but the file was not accessible through any suggestions made. Even so I wanted to wrap this up for anyone else who may be looking so I asked for question to be restored.

Even though the fix was not as simple as it could have been, the end fix was indeed still easy.

With changes to allow hidden files to show, I decided I had to try the recycle bin deletion route as nothing else worked. I simply, looked for the file RECYLCER and simply renamed it at first to RECYLCER.BAK. After this I rebooted the system and Windows did recreate a new RECYCLE folder for itself.

At that point I just removed the RECYLCER.BAK file (shift-drag to recycle) and all was done.
All is good an no further issues with AV.

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DanielTAuthor Commented:
The suggestions offered were good as I had not tried them all but - the problem persisted and was fixed as per my last post.
Again, thanks for the suggestions!
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