Mac asks for a password to delete files

We have a Mac OS 10.7 Mac and whenever we try and delete a file from the desktop it asks for a password. We've changed ownership with the chown -R command but it didn't fix it and found out it could be something to do with ACLs and not permissions. Is there a way to fix this without the Mac OS install disk? We do have the install disk but can't use it because our hard drive is encrypted!
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  1. If you run Disk Utility there is an option to fix permissions.

    Alternatively there is a program called Onyx that will fix permissions among other things.
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