You get a free utility called Unlocker. It's very small but highly effective at removing annoyances like this. Give it a try.
A friend sent me a google earth view picture. I looked at it and all was fine. I have since deleted it. I now have a "Google Earth View of" file on my desktop which I am unable to delete. Error msg: "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk". How do I get rid of this icon from my desktop? All help is appreciated.