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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-24-2003, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Downloaded a file, is it a virus?

I downloaded a file off of Kazaa today that was supposedly a divx codec or whatever they're called. It is supposed to allow me to play divx files in windows media player, or something.

Anyways, I HAVE NOT opened it yet...Everytime I download something, I run my virus scanner on it to check it (to be safe). When I try to run it on this file, the scanner locks up. Also, if I 'RIGHT CLICK' on the file, my PC locks up, and I have to use the power switch to re-boot.

So, I dont even want to worry about whether or not it is a good codec or whatever they are, I just need to get rid of it without having to 'click' on it (so my PC doesn't lock up.)

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 02:42 AM
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What OS are you running?

Probably the easiest way to delete it without clicking on it, is to open a console window (if you're using a Windows OS, click Start > Run and then type "command" if using Windows9x/ME, or "cmd" if using NT/2000/XP) You'll have to be familiar with basic DOS commands, like cd and del.

As a quick example, say the file is on your desktop...

In Windows 9x/ME, type the following from the command prompt:

cd \windows\desktop < Hit enter >
del filename.ext < Hit enter >

In Windows NT:

cd \winnt\profiles\< your username >\desktop < Hit enter >
del filename.ext < Hit enter >

In Windows 2000/XP:

cd \documents and settings\< your username >\desktop < Hit enter >
del filename.ext < Hit enter >

You'll need to make a note of what the filename is, and what the directory path to get to it is. For the path, you can open up Folder Options in your control panel, and under the "View" tab, make sure that "Display the full path in the address bar" is checked (this is for 2000/XP ... NT/95/98 are a little different but essentially in the same place, and not sure about ME). Then, when you open up Explorer, and expand the folders until you get to the folder with the offending file in it, just click on that folder name, and look at the address bar, and you'll see something like "C:\\". Just use cd with that directory path in the console window (minus the c: ) to get to the location of the file, and then use del and the name of the file, including the extension, to get rid of it.

It'll probably end up in the recycle bin from there. If it does, just right-click and empty the recycle bin.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Sounds simple enough.

I'm running XP, btw...

I'm fairly familiar with basic DOS, cd, del, etc..

I'll give it a try.

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