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Robert Feigel
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      08-11-2006
File mystery:

I have found this strange 43kb file in the folder I created for mpg3
music downloads from an alt.binaries Usenet group. It's the only file
like it and I cannot delete it. When I try I get the following error
window:

Error Deleting File or Folder

Cannot delete file: The filename you specified is invalid or
too long. Specify a different filename.

I have tried renaming it to "trpix.gif" , but get another error window
that reads:

Error Renaming File or Folder

Cannot rename file: The filename you specified is invalid or
too long. Specify a different filename.

File name is:

trpix.gif_&rdm=62582370&dlv=1028,30022,382286,1770 88,660284&kid=177088&chw=9177088-&tcs=&bls3=000000U&bls4=010000382261&uid=1&dmn= .c3-0.a.com&scx=1024&scy=768&scc=32&jav=1&sta=,,,1,,,, ,,,0,5,0,19679,19579,14659,408,501&iid=382286&bid= 660284


In properties, the type of file is:


COM&SCX=1024&SCY=768&SCC=32&JAV=1&STA=,,,1,,,,,,,0 ,5,0,19679,19579,14659
File

Since I don't know what this file is, I have made its properties
"Read-only" and denied access to the file under advanced security.

Nothing has shown up in any scans (virus, spyware, malware,
keyloggers, etc). But I'd still like to zap the bugger. Any
suggestions? Thanks.
 
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Robert Feigel
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      08-11-2006
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 13:44:53 +1200, Robert Feigel
<(E-Mail Removed)> magnanimously proffered:

>File mystery:
>
>I have found this strange 43kb file in the folder I created for mpg3
>music downloads from an alt.binaries Usenet group. It's the only file
>like it and I cannot delete it. When I try I get the following error
>window:


My mistake. It's not a 43kb file. It's a 43byte file.


 
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Ray Greene
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      08-11-2006
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 13:44:53 +1200, Robert Feigel <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>File mystery:
>
>I have found this strange 43kb file in the folder I created for mpg3
>music downloads from an alt.binaries Usenet group. It's the only file
>like it and I cannot delete it. When I try I get the following error
>window:
>
> Error Deleting File or Folder
>
> Cannot delete file: The filename you specified is invalid or
>too long. Specify a different filename.
>
>I have tried renaming it to "trpix.gif" , but get another error window
>that reads:
>
> Error Renaming File or Folder
>
> Cannot rename file: The filename you specified is invalid or
>too long. Specify a different filename.
>
>File name is:
>
>trpix.gif_&rdm=62582370&dlv=1028,30022,382286,177 088,660284&kid=177088&chw=9177088-&tcs=&bls3=000000U&bls4=010000382261&uid=1&dmn= .c3-0.a.com&scx=1024&scy=768&scc=32&jav=1&sta=,,,1,,,, ,,,0,5,0,19679,19579,14659,408,501&iid=382286&bid= 660284
>
>
>In properties, the type of file is:
>
>
>COM&SCX=1024&SCY=768&SCC=32&JAV=1&STA=,,,1,,,,,,, 0,5,0,19679,19579,14659
>File
>
>Since I don't know what this file is, I have made its properties
>"Read-only" and denied access to the file under advanced security.
>
>Nothing has shown up in any scans (virus, spyware, malware,
>keyloggers, etc). But I'd still like to zap the bugger. Any
>suggestions? Thanks.


The length of the file name is confusing Windows.
Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where the file is and type

del trpix.gif*

That should do the trick.

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none
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      08-11-2006
Ray Greene wrote:
> The length of the file name is confusing Windows.
> Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where the file is and type
>
> del trpix.gif*
>
> That should do the trick.


Or do a dir /x

That will give you the ms-dos short names (usually somethi~1.ext)

You can delete using the shortnames to make life easy.

 
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Robert Feigel
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      08-11-2006
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 14:42:54 +1200, Ray Greene <(E-Mail Removed)>
magnanimously proffered:

>On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 13:44:53 +1200, Robert Feigel <(E-Mail Removed)>
>wrote:
>
>>File mystery:
>>
>>I have found this strange 43kb file in the folder I created for mpg3
>>music downloads from an alt.binaries Usenet group. It's the only file
>>like it and I cannot delete it. When I try I get the following error
>>window:
>>
>> Error Deleting File or Folder
>>
>> Cannot delete file: The filename you specified is invalid or
>>too long. Specify a different filename.
>>
>>I have tried renaming it to "trpix.gif" , but get another error window
>>that reads:
>>
>> Error Renaming File or Folder
>>
>> Cannot rename file: The filename you specified is invalid or
>>too long. Specify a different filename.
>>
>>File name is:
>>
>> <SNIP!>
>>
>>
>>In properties, the type of file is:
>>
>>
>>COM&SCX=1024&SCY=768&SCC=32&JAV=1&STA=,,,1,,,,,, ,0,5,0,19679,19579,14659
>>File
>>
>>Since I don't know what this file is, I have made its properties
>>"Read-only" and denied access to the file under advanced security.
>>
>>Nothing has shown up in any scans (virus, spyware, malware,
>>keyloggers, etc). But I'd still like to zap the bugger. Any
>>suggestions? Thanks.

>
>The length of the file name is confusing Windows.
>Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where the file is and type
>
>del trpix.gif*
>
>That should do the trick.


Well ... this has been a crawl down memory lane! I haven't tried any
command prompts for several years and admit to having forgotten my way
around. First I ran "cmd" (also tried in "command") and was able to
get from C:\Documents and Settings by entering " CD\" . But this is
the first time I've had a partitioned HD and, so far, I haven't
figured out how to get from C:\ to E:\ - where the pesky file resides.
Sorry to be a pain, but how the blazes can I navigate to the folder in
E:\ where the file resides? The path is <E:\Agent
downloads\trpix.gif*>.

 
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Shane
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      08-11-2006
Robert Feigel wrote:

> On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 14:42:54 +1200, Ray Greene <(E-Mail Removed)>
> magnanimously proffered:
>
>>On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 13:44:53 +1200, Robert Feigel
>><(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>>
>>>File mystery:
>>>
>>>I have found this strange 43kb file in the folder I created for mpg3
>>>music downloads from an alt.binaries Usenet group. It's the only file
>>>like it and I cannot delete it. When I try I get the following error
>>>window:
>>>
>>>Error Deleting File or Folder
>>>
>>>Cannot delete file: The filename you specified is invalid or
>>>too long. Specify a different filename.
>>>
>>>I have tried renaming it to "trpix.gif" , but get another error window
>>>that reads:
>>>
>>>Error Renaming File or Folder
>>>
>>>Cannot rename file: The filename you specified is invalid or
>>>too long. Specify a different filename.
>>>
>>>File name is:
>>>
>>> <SNIP!>
>>>
>>>
>>>In properties, the type of file is:
>>>
>>>
>>>COM&SCX=1024&SCY=768&SCC=32&JAV=1&STA=,,,1,,,,, ,,0,5,0,19679,19579,14659
>>>File
>>>
>>>Since I don't know what this file is, I have made its properties
>>>"Read-only" and denied access to the file under advanced security.
>>>
>>>Nothing has shown up in any scans (virus, spyware, malware,
>>>keyloggers, etc). But I'd still like to zap the bugger. Any
>>>suggestions? Thanks.

>>
>>The length of the file name is confusing Windows.
>>Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where the file is and
>>type
>>
>>del trpix.gif*
>>
>>That should do the trick.

>
> Well ... this has been a crawl down memory lane! I haven't tried any
> command prompts for several years and admit to having forgotten my way
> around. First I ran "cmd" (also tried in "command") and was able to
> get from C:\Documents and Settings by entering " CD\" . But this is
> the first time I've had a partitioned HD and, so far, I haven't
> figured out how to get from C:\ to E:\ - where the pesky file resides.
> Sorry to be a pain, but how the blazes can I navigate to the folder in
> E:\ where the file resides? The path is <E:\Agent
> downloads\trpix.gif*>.


just type the drive colon
eg
c>\ e:
e>\ cd Agent<tab>
e>\ del trpix.gif*

(I forget what the prompt on a windows box looks like off the top)
(the <tab> means use your tab for completion .. saves typing

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Robert Feigel
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      08-11-2006
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 16:56:53 +1200, Shane <(E-Mail Removed)-a-geek.net>
magnanimously proffered:

>Robert Feigel wrote:
>
>> On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 14:42:54 +1200, Ray Greene <(E-Mail Removed)>
>> magnanimously proffered:
>>
>>>On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 13:44:53 +1200, Robert Feigel
>>><(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>>>
>>>>File mystery:
>>>>
>>>>I have found this strange 43kb file in the folder I created for mpg3
>>>>music downloads from an alt.binaries Usenet group. It's the only file
>>>>like it and I cannot delete it. When I try I get the following error
>>>>window:
>>>>
>>>>Error Deleting File or Folder
>>>>
>>>>Cannot delete file: The filename you specified is invalid or
>>>>too long. Specify a different filename.
>>>>
>>>>I have tried renaming it to "trpix.gif" , but get another error window
>>>>that reads:
>>>>
>>>>Error Renaming File or Folder
>>>>
>>>>Cannot rename file: The filename you specified is invalid or
>>>>too long. Specify a different filename.
>>>>
>>>>File name is:
>>>>
>>>> <SNIP!>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>In properties, the type of file is:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>COM&SCX=1024&SCY=768&SCC=32&JAV=1&STA=,,,1,,,, ,,,0,5,0,19679,19579,14659
>>>>File
>>>>
>>>>Since I don't know what this file is, I have made its properties
>>>>"Read-only" and denied access to the file under advanced security.
>>>>
>>>>Nothing has shown up in any scans (virus, spyware, malware,
>>>>keyloggers, etc). But I'd still like to zap the bugger. Any
>>>>suggestions? Thanks.
>>>
>>>The length of the file name is confusing Windows.
>>>Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where the file is and
>>>type
>>>
>>>del trpix.gif*
>>>
>>>That should do the trick.

>>
>> Well ... this has been a crawl down memory lane! I haven't tried any
>> command prompts for several years and admit to having forgotten my way
>> around. First I ran "cmd" (also tried in "command") and was able to
>> get from C:\Documents and Settings by entering " CD\" . But this is
>> the first time I've had a partitioned HD and, so far, I haven't
>> figured out how to get from C:\ to E:\ - where the pesky file resides.
>> Sorry to be a pain, but how the blazes can I navigate to the folder in
>> E:\ where the file resides? The path is <E:\Agent
>> downloads\trpix.gif*>.

>
>just type the drive colon
>eg
>c>\ e:
>e>\ cd Agent<tab>
>e>\ del trpix.gif*
>
>(I forget what the prompt on a windows box looks like off the top)
>(the <tab> means use your tab for completion .. saves typing


Bingo! The file is now history. Thank you Ray and Shane! I've also
learned some very useful new info in the process. Cheers, b

 
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peterwn
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      08-11-2006

Robert Feigel wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 16:56:53 +1200, Shane <(E-Mail Removed)-a-geek.net>
> magnanimously proffered:
>
> Bingo! The file is now history. Thank you Ray and Shane! I've also
> learned some very useful new info in the process. Cheers, b


If you want to check for thoroughly hidden Windows files, or want to
delete something that will not delete, load in a CD based Linux with
'Midnight Commander', mount the Windows partition and you can then see
or delete anything. Don't however delete 'essential' files like the
registry.

 
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Gordon
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      08-11-2006
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 17:08:39 +1200, Robert Feigel wrote:

> Bingo! The file is now history. Thank you Ray and Shane! I've also
> learned some very useful new info in the process. Cheers, b


See gentle people, if you know what you want, then nothing else beats the
command line for power. You *need* it at times.

 
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jasen
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      08-11-2006
On 2006-08-11, Robert Feigel <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> File mystery:
>
> I have found this strange 43kb file in the folder I created for mpg3
> music downloads from an alt.binaries Usenet group. It's the only file
> like it and I cannot delete it. When I try I get the following error
> window:
>
> Error Deleting File or Folder
>
> Cannot delete file: The filename you specified is invalid or
> too long. Specify a different filename.
>
> I have tried renaming it to "trpix.gif" , but get another error window
> that reads:
>
> Error Renaming File or Folder
>
> Cannot rename file: The filename you specified is invalid or
> too long. Specify a different filename.
>
> File name is:
>
> trpix.gif_&rdm=62582370&dlv=1028,30022,382286,1770 88,660284&kid=177088&chw=9177088-&tcs=&bls3=000000U&bls4=010000382261&uid=1&dmn= .c3-0.a.com&scx=1024&scy=768&scc=32&jav=1&sta=,,,1,,,, ,,,0,5,0,19679,19579,14659,408,501&iid=382286&bid= 660284
>
>
> In properties, the type of file is:
>
>
> COM&SCX=1024&SCY=768&SCC=32&JAV=1&STA=,,,1,,,,,,,0 ,5,0,19679,19579,14659
> File


looks like something you downloaded from the wwweb.

"type of file" is meaningless here. ti's just whatever windows finds after
the last . in the filename

> Since I don't know what this file is, I have made its properties
> "Read-only" and denied access to the file under advanced security.


it's probably safe...

> Nothing has shown up in any scans (virus, spyware, malware,
> keyloggers, etc). But I'd still like to zap the bugger. Any
> suggestions? Thanks.


some things to try.

sidestep the problem:
move everything else out of the folder and drop the whole folder in the trash.

sneak up on it:
"move" the file into a archive and then delete the archive

use a bigger hammer:
try a different file management tool
try the command-line

Bye.
Jasen
 
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