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Anonymous
April 23, 2002 8:46:24 PM

Ok, so I've got a bit of an embarrassing problem. I downloaded a few porn videos via Morpheus, and now I can't get rid of them! Since its my home computer, I'm a little worried my family would find them.

So, whenever I try to delete them, I get a message that says, "File in use by another program, cannot delete" (or something to that effect). Naturally, after getting that message, I closed down all other programs and attempted deletion again. No such luck.

As I am running Windows XP, I used a Windows 95 start-up floppy disk to try deleting them via DOS. Again, no such luck. For whatever reason, the "edit C:\filepathgoeshere" command can't find the files. I think its probably got something to do with long file names or whatever.

Also, I cannot cut or rename the files.

Norton Anti-Virus finds no virus in them.

As a temporary fix, I've made the files hidden, just so no one will stumble over them. But the bigger problem remains, "How Do I Get Rid of Them?"

And yes, I've learned, "No Porn At Home."

And yes, please feel free to laugh, chuckle, and show all your co-workers this post :) 

Thanks

'Intelligent humor is all well and fine, but people laugh harder at dirty jokes' - John Lithgow

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April 23, 2002 8:58:47 PM

Have you restarted the computer yet?

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Anonymous
April 23, 2002 9:03:11 PM

Yuh. Several times

'Intelligent humor is all well and fine, but people laugh harder at dirty jokes' - John Lithgow
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April 23, 2002 10:10:42 PM

I've got a Kazaa video that's the same way. Slightly different though. What happened is I was looking for a Divx of Lord of the Rings. I found one, and got about 50MB downloaded, then changed the temp file to have a .AVI extension to see if I could view it. I couldn't, and now I can't delete it.
BTW, the movie was the old cartoon version anyway :mad: 

Anyhow, if anyone knows how to delete this kind of stuff, I'd appreciate it. Actually, I think it's larger, like 200MB.

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Anonymous
April 23, 2002 10:35:57 PM

Well, I managed to get rid of one of them, and I'll describe how it happened. I neglected to mention in my original post that one of the files was behaving oddly; that is, I could move it to the recycle bin.

I could not delete this file from the recyle bin though; I would then get the "File in use" error. I could not restore the file by using the recycle bin command, but I could restore it by right clicking, hitting properties, and then restoring from the properties box.

However, restoring the file that way would create a double of the original: one in the recycle bin, and one in the orignal path I deleted it from. What's up with that, eh?

I then deleted the second copy, and so I had two identical nasty porn videos in my recycle bin that would not delete. I closed the bin and then right-clicked it from the desktop and hit "Empty" from the dialog-box. For whatever reason, it worked. I have no idea why and am still stratching my head.

Regardless, I still have one nasty file I can't yet get rid of. I think that the file is somehow convincing my OS that it is in use, so perhaps if there were a way to override that....maybe I'll ask one of my computing science instructors if its possible to write a cheesy little program to do it...who knows?

Any thoughts?

'Intelligent humor is all well and fine, but people laugh harder at dirty jokes' - John Lithgow
April 23, 2002 10:41:01 PM

Have u tried rebooting into safe mode to delete the files?
April 23, 2002 10:46:23 PM

Mine's acting differently, I can't do anything with it.

Newbie, good idea. Haven't bothered to try that yet, I guess I should.

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April 23, 2002 11:34:14 PM

I don't suppose either of you have a go back feature or a back-up, which wouldn't be too far off your current config/set-up?

I try to keep decent back-ups myself, but I've been caught a couple of times and had to just resign myself to losing stuff.

I would back-up all personal files and then go back to before the 'incident', then restore said files.

Failing that, a registry cleaner may be the way to go.

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April 24, 2002 12:39:05 AM

Ok, u gotta dl a file shredding program. It'll get rid of them (tweakXP for instance works wonders w/ those sorts of problems).

Sig of the week.
April 24, 2002 1:53:01 AM

Usually this problem is cause by Morpheus or Kazaa. When you DL, it puts that same file up for UL by others. If someone starts DLing the file from you, Morpheus marks it as in use. This lock is left in place until Morpheus decides that it has been successfully ULed and removes the lock. Uninstalling and Re-installing Morpheus and/or changing your UL setting, etc. could help you.

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Anonymous
April 24, 2002 4:54:21 AM

Thanks for the ideas all.

Newbie: How do I restart WinXP in safe mode? I find this OS a little frustrating at times..

camieabz: I've thought about trying something like that, but I'd rather avoid the hassle. Always an option though.

flamethrower205: Good idea. I'll try it.

'Intelligent humor is all well and fine, but people laugh harder at dirty jokes' - John Lithgow
Anonymous
April 24, 2002 5:15:33 AM

Well, I managed to get rid of the file..though it was a little weird.

I downloaded tweakXP, and got the file shredder thinger working.

But as it was taking care of the file, it said "PERMISSION DENIED."

So I then investigated the file. It was down to size 340kb from about 640kb. I tried deleting it, and I sent it to the recycle bin without a problem, and then followed up by emptying my recycle bin.

So I managed to get rid of 2 of 2 nasty files. Thanks

'Intelligent humor is all well and fine, but people laugh harder at dirty jokes' - John Lithgow
April 24, 2002 8:05:52 AM

LOL. Oddly enough I had this problem happen to me today with bearshare and a zip file. It has something to do with the program "using" the file, probably reserving it for upload. It might have something to do with changing the extension of the file while it's being shared. One of those, or a combination of those is causing this problem imop. I messed with all kinds of stuff, but finally just set my uploads to 0, tried to clear everything out of there, and then I restarted. I was able to delete the file finally after the restart, but it still shows in bearshare, in red, as one of the files on the computer not-available for upload. Maybe it'll dissapear later.

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April 24, 2002 8:12:24 AM

to boot into safe mode in XP, do the same thing you would do with 98, press f8 repeatedly until you see the options menu, where you can select it.

-DAvid

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April 24, 2002 3:51:09 PM

Best thing to do if you want to delete the file is simply...

TURN OFF MORPHEUS :smile:

I don't mean just clicking on the 'X' to close the window either... make sure it's not running... period. I know with Kazaa there is an icon in your system tray that's still there even when you close the Kazaa window. Seeing that Morpheus is essentially the same program... it probably does the same thing. As long as it's running and as long as people are uploading these files from you, they are in use.

You have two options. The first as I said is to make sure Morpheus isn't running when you want to delete these files. The other is to disable file sharing so that no one can upload from you.

Good luck!

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Anonymous
April 24, 2002 4:50:05 PM

Yea. I did properly shut down morpheus. The problem was occuring when no programs were running, including system-tray icon thingers.

'Intelligent humor is all well and fine, but people laugh harder at dirty jokes' - John Lithgow
April 24, 2002 11:41:38 PM

So problem solved?

Sig of the week.
Anonymous
April 26, 2002 5:33:16 PM

For me, yes. Thanks

'Intelligent humor is all well and fine, but people laugh harder at dirty jokes' - John Lithgow
April 27, 2002 2:32:10 AM

My advice is to use Norton WipeInfo from the Systemworks 2002 suite. I have it, it shreds the file almost each time succesfuly. This is the desperate measure way, so do it only when you are at your last option.

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April 27, 2002 3:56:37 AM

I use this software called eraser, and it's very helpful. U can schedule tasks to wipe hard drive, and files, and also it's integrated into recycle bin, so if I wish, I can "erase" teh files, and there are differents methods which I can set.

Sig of the week.
April 28, 2002 11:55:54 PM

irritating isnt it ?


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May 10, 2002 4:14:49 AM

After reading all of these replies....I would like to know if the movie was any good??

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