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'Item Not Found' when trying to delete

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  • Started 7 years ago by whoopsy
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whoopsy
Posts: 26

I have a file in my pictures folder that I can't seem to get rid of. Whenever I try to delete, it gives me a message saying "Could not find this item. This is no longer located in -folder name-. Verify the item's location and try again." The file is called "members.siteimnotproudof." I have given a different extension name here to protect the innocent.

The file still appears in the folder, and I get the same message no matter what I try to do with it. It comes up when I run a search. I think it may have gotten there when I was toying around with FlashGot on a website. Anybody got any ideas how I can get rid of it?

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LH
Posts: 20002

whoopsy hi. First just try a reboot. If that doesn't work, run a Disk Defrag. If that doesn't work, come back to us.

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mikehunt
Posts: 133

Whoopsy have you tried downloading Revo uninstaller, Tiny Hacker reccomends it and instructs you how to use it, click on Tniy Hacker link top right of this page !

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LH
Posts: 20002

Mike. That's for programs, not individual files.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

I tried rebooting, and my computer FINALLY finished defragging, and the file is still there.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Try MoveOnBoot:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/S.....Boot.shtml

Install it, When that's done navigate to the rogue file and right-click on it and select 'Delete file(s) on next boot' from the menu. Answer the questions that follow then close it and reboot..job done hopefully.

I had a job getting rid of a file once...this did it.

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Santo
Posts: 1288

Try the File Unlocker.

I had tried this utility before to remove similar kind of file. The download link was different but the utility is the same one.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

The MoveOnBoot didn't do it, it said "Access is denied." I'm trying the unlocker.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Nothing popped up with the File Unlocker either, though I appreciate that everyone is trying to help.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

What's denying access.. do you have User Access Control on and are you in an account with Administrative rights? Are you using Vista or XP?

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

I'm using Vista, and I've got admin access.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Do you have User Access Control on?

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Yes.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Try disabling it, reboot computer when asked, try 'move on boot' again and see if you get the 'Access is denied' message again.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

I disabled the user account control and rebooted. I tried running MoveOnBoot and didn't get the "Access Denied" message, so I told it to delete the file. When I rebooted the file was still there, so I tried telling it to move and rename the file. When I rebooted, the file was in the same spot, with the same name...

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Here's some instructions to take ownership of the file:

http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1257

After taking ownership try deleting it.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

I can't even get to that. When I select the Security tab it has a message that says "The requested security information is either unavailable or can't be displayed."

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

I think as far as the OS is concerned it does not exist. It has somehow deleted its record of the file without removing all visible trace of the file.

Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer

When Explorer opens find the Pictures folder in the left pane and click on it...can you see the rogue file in the right window?

If you can,,,this is a long shot but hit F5...do it anyway.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Still there I'm afraid. I've tried everything I can think of. Even if I could just hide it somewhere where I didn't have to look at it, I'd be happy.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

I'm looking around but stabbing in the dark to be honest now.

Two things to try:

1. Right-click file in Pictures and select 'cut' then click on the background and hit F5.
2. Right click file in Pictures and select 'cut' then right-click on backgound and select 'refresh' from the menu.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

No go.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Can you move it around by clicking and dragging?

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Yes, but not into the recycle bin, or any other folders.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

What happens when you try to?

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LH
Posts: 20002

Download.
http://www.freecommander.com/
Navigate to the file, rename it (a.txt for example), then delete it (from within FC).

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

It just says "cannot find the file specified." Wouldn't let me delete or anything either. I can copy the file, and it lets me delete the copy, but not the original.

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LH
Posts: 20002

You cannot rename it ?

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Copy file and look at it with Hex Editor ??

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LH
Posts: 20002

Try running the Registry Cleaner in,
http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

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ProstheticHead
Posts: 3281

Hi whoopsy. Try booting from an Ubuntu Live CD, mount your Vista partition, navigate to the files location and then delete it from there?

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LH
Posts: 20002

Freecommander would not say "cannot find the file specified."
You are navigating to it, not searching.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Freecommander said that when I tried to change the name and extension. When I tried to delete it, I got the same error message I normally do.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

The Registry Cleaner didn't do it either, though I am getting a lot of great tools out of this :)

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

whoopsy
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If you can't get at it with Ubuntu Live CD or some other Virtual O/S boot up running only in memory, something is very wrong and I would suggest a Disk Wipe with a Clean Install.
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Wouldn't have something on the system which I couldn't control. (lol)
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Best Regards,
Rick P.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Try copying and pasting the file to a usb stick and then copy and paste it back next to the rogue one and Windows should ask if you want to keep both copies or Copy and Replace...choose the latter. Then try and delete it if you can.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

It gives me the error message when I try to paste.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Can you create a new folder and drag it over the rogue one?

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Nope.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Remove everything you want to keep from your Pictures folder and try and delete that folder.

If it's gone Reboot

Click Start and in the box that says 'start search' box in the bottom left copy and paste this into it :

shell:My Pictures

Click on the folder item listed above and that should put it back...hopefully empty. This is my own idea it's not proven.

I've deleted and restored mine ok with this.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Yeah, I tried deleting the folder earlier. It wouldn't let me since it couldn't locate the contents, believe it or not. I tried moving the whole folder, and it made a copy. I wasn't able to delete either one, but I was able to merge them back together.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Try this commercial program..it lets you have 3 goes. Pick the .exe file, install and in the left pane click the Users folder and from there navigate to Pictures and then choose one of the options at the bottom...probably Delete at Boot would be best.

http://www.purgeie.com/delinv/dldelinv.htm

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LH
Posts: 20002

See if there is any mention of it in the registry.
Here is a good tool to use,
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Actually, it came up like seven times in the registry.

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LH
Posts: 20002

Ah, then right click on the entry, and open with Regedit, then delete. Do that for each one.
Before you start that. Backup the registry with,
http://mz-registry-backup.en.softonic.com/

(you are getting some good tools thrown your way :)

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

I deleted all of the entries and rebooted and it's still not letting me manipulate the file.

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LH
Posts: 20002

Oh dear. Run this,
http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Check your drive while at it. Another freebie. (LOL) (LOL)
http://www.ariolic.com/disk-scanner.html

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K9ineUK
Posts: 2

I just deleted a rogue folder "Acer Crystal Eye Webcam " there was a space at the end. I'd tried Command prompt, software downloads, registry etc.
In the end tonight I tried xDir.exe within Command Prompt. It was gone just like that.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/S.....XDIR.shtml

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

That's a cute little program K9... be nice if it worked for whoopsy:)

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krazypersonk
Posts: 1

K9- That program worked for me!

Thanks so much. Hope it works for Whoopsy too.

I have spent three hours on this stupid thing. Wish I had read your post first.

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creepydarkdeath
Posts: 20

I would suggest if you end up having the file still kept there, try to boot your PC with the support of Windows 98 CD in the DOS mode. Go to the dir location. Simply delete with command line.

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marks100
Posts: 4507

hi whoopsy,
can you open the file.?? if so try deleting a bit,then run ccleaner, if not try this use revo uninstaller...'hunt mode' put file on desktop get the 'hunt mode sight' on the file and hit delete,might work i had a file like that'trying to think how i got rid of it,will get back to you.

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whoopsy
Posts: 26

Yeah, I tried the Hunt Mode in Revo earlier and it didn't work for me. I still need to try that program K9 suggested.

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K9ineUK
Posts: 2

Any luck yet whoopsy?

i just used XDIR on a friends computer for a similar problem, it's been amongst my portable apps for years.

the easiest way to use it is to copy the 27kb xdir.exe file to the parent folder of the offending item. Run command prompt. execute xdir.exe. within xdir locate the offending file and hit delete, confirm with y, bob's your uncle.

XDIR - The ultimate replacement for the DOS dir command.
softpedia.com...XDIR.shtml

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frankzyj
Posts: 1

The ultimate solution for this kind problem ( Item not found ):

http://danswebspot.com/2009/07.....-solution/

The point is the the actual file name stored in system is still 8+3 in background.

Locate the actual 8+3 file name for your file using dir /a /x /p, and use it to delete rather than your file name.

That's it.

Posted 6 years ago
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vistamike
Posts: 10945

frankzyj, Hi, this topic is 8 months old and is now closed

Mike

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