Help with windows 7 deleting/ renaming/ moving files

Hello,about 2 weeks ago i installed windows on a new custom built computer, and everything was fine till about 3 or 4 days ago when it suddenly wouldn't let me empty the recyle bin, or move or rename any file from anywhere, not even my external HD. It doesn't give me any error when I try, just nothing happens at all. Also when i try to make a new file or folder inside an existing one i get a system error 340. I've tried booting into safe mode and deleting/moving/renaming and nothing. Same with Unlocker nothing seems to work. Ide hate to have to install windows again and loose things i have downloaded since i can't move them to my external HD or burn them on a disk..any suggestions?!
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  1. You could have some malware or a trojen horse on your system. Run a antimalware utility to find any nasties.
    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is free for home use.
  2. Just ran a scan with Malwarebytes and it came up negative

    Database version: 5567

    Windows 6.1.7600
    Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

    1/21/2011 5:04:07 PM
    mbam-log-2011-01-21 (17-04-07).txt

    Scan type: Full scan (C:\|)
    Objects scanned: 277939
    Time elapsed: 21 minute(s), 40 second(s)

    Memory Processes Infected: 0
    Memory Modules Infected: 0
    Registry Keys Infected: 0
    Registry Values Infected: 0
    Registry Data Items Infected: 0
    Folders Infected: 0
    Files Infected: 0

    Memory Processes Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)

    Memory Modules Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)

    Registry Keys Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)

    Registry Values Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)

    Registry Data Items Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)

    Folders Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)

    Files Infected:
    (No malicious items detected)


    Any other ideas?
  3. You may need to reinstall, but you need not loose your files.
    If you do a fresh custom install onto the same partition, (don't format) Windows will collect the previous instalation with all files and folders and put them into a folder called windows.old from which you can access the files and copy them over where you want.
    When you are sure you have everything you need you can delete this folder to reclaim the space, by using Windows disk cleanup utility.
  4. Alright i'll give it a try, any idea as to what could have caused it in the first place? Any info I found online included an error pop up but I never got any except for that 340 error when trying to make a new folder. Could it be my copy of windows? What should I do to make sure it doesn't happen again after I reinstall windows?
  5. No clue as to what caused it, but it's not normal. As for your copy of Windows if it's a genuine instalation disk then it's not the problem.
    You can keep your fingers crossed, keep the system updated and antivirus up to date.
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