Sometimes some files get locked because they are opened by other programs and become impossible to delete. There are also many cases when some malicious program (malware) puts such files on your system and lock them in such a way that you cannot delete them. If you try to delete them, you get many kinds of errors like :
- Cannot delete file: Access is denied.
- Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
- The source or destination file may be in use.
- The file is in use by another program or user.
When you cannot delete files in a normal way, you need a special software. to delete such stubborn files. FileASSASSIN from Malwarebytes is an application that can delete any type of locked files that are on your computer. Whether the files are from a malware infection or just a particular file that will not delete – FileASSASSIN can remove it. The program uses advanced programming techniques to unload modules, close remote handles, and terminate processes to remove the particular locked file.
You can download the FileASSASIN tool from http://www.malwarebytes.org/fileassassin.php. The tool is only 80 kilobytes in size and downloads quickly even on slow connections. Once downloaded, extract the contents of the ZIP file to a folder and run the file by double-clicking on FileASSASSIN.exe. You should run it with administrator privileges in order to be able to delete all kinds of files.
You can drag any file onto the main window of the FileAssasin. You can also click on the browse (…) button and browse the file that you want to delete. Then select the options to delete the files. You should select all the checkboxes in the FileAssasin’s method as shown. These options would try to unload modules, unlock handles and terminate the process related to the selected file. Make sure you have checked the checkbox labeled Delete file.
You can also select the Windows delete on reboot method which would delete the file upon reboot. Finally click on the Execute button to delete the file. If the file is deleted, you would get an information box saying it was deleted.
FileASSASIN is a great tool for getting rid of the stubborn undeletetable files. You should use it with caution as deleting critical system files may cause system errors. It comes in the portable version so you can carry in your portable USB pen-drive. For more information about this program, you can visit http://www.malwarebytes.org/fileassassin.php.