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XP does not allow deleting files.

Here's the situation:

While downloading some attachment from Yahoo mail (an Open Office document) saving the file fails.
At the same time I realized that when I tried to delete files (I thought maybe there were too many of them in the "download" dir. ) became impossible: Windows denies access.
At the same time creating or copying files is possible.
At the same time deleting files through CMD prompt (using "del" command) is possible.

I was able to restore the system to an earlier date which fixed the problem.

Then I went to download that file again. Saving fails. And deleting is lost again.

I read several links on the topic, but it seems to be different from what I have, suggesting using some utilities, or Administrator account etc.
ALL FILES are this way - I cannot delete ANYTHING anymore.

PS> I did run Avast full scan for viruses, and Spybot full scan for malware. Both came up negative.

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Best Answer chosen by morzhblya

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Is Teatimer installed?

In reply to: XP does not allow deleting files.

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Same - deletion inhibited.

In reply to: Is Teatimer installed?

Well, the problem persists.

I used at least 5 or 6 scanners for viruses and malware, full scan. Came out clean.

Restored the Windows again, got rid of the problem (obviously something in Registry).

Uninstalled the Firefox. Left the Explorer.
After one day the problem returned. Not sure at which point. I simply created a directory do load my photos from the camera, and it did not allow me to rename the folder. Then I decided to check for the deletion and there it was again, no deleting files again.

Short of clean Windows install, I am not sure what to do. I cannot do a restore every other day.

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Actually that's a well known issue.

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It's part of what we call a Windows Annoyance. That is, we get to reboot, sometimes to safe mode if we don't want to research tools like UNLOCKER and more.

Nothing's busted (according to Microsoft) but I find today's users are growing more and more irritated over things like this.

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Not sure what you mean by well-known issue

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If it is well-known, what do I do and how to deal with it?

Every file deletion is denied, no reboot or ANYTHING hepls, except restore untill the first serious Web browsing, happens on one signle copmputer, and this is a well-known issue? C'mon.

I am not here to ***** about Windows annoyance. I am here to find out what is happening.

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The well known causes and more.

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We do have pests (malware) and we also have Windows Explorer locking folders as it builds icons for the files.

Some folk are a little put off by the fact this issue is common and some are amazed by it not being fixed over the last decade. And some will not want to learn enough about the OS to find out what is happening.

I can't tell if you tried Unlocker or examined the processes or if there is torrent or malware present.

-> I'd like to help you find it but you would have to go deeper and reveal more than what's been written so far.


In that example we had to use tools to get under the hood to see what was going on. In your PC we might do the same but for now you want to skip any torrents and take Grif's advice on scanning at the next link.;msg5099421

Yes, it's been covered many times but here's the terrible truth. It's rare that anyone can guess it the first time. And with the clues so far, I can't make a good guess except it's one of the usual issues.

Makes you think that this OS has had its day at times.

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Well, something new

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It does not deny me deletion - it does only deny rename.
Regular deletion, when a file is moved to the recycler, is in fact renaming. And since renaming is not working, the files are not deleted.

If I choose option "do not move files to the recycle bi. Remove files immediately" in the Bion configuration, the deletion occurs without any problem.
But I cannot rename anything. If I create a directory, it stays "New folder" - can't rename. And so on.

ANY directory, not any particular one.

Any thoughts?

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Now it is beggining to sound like permission issues.

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Try this with a NEW ACCOUNT. It's a test I use.

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Got it!

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well, I thought t did not act as a malware, so I started disabling startups in my MSConfig.

After disabling WavXDocMgr everything worked.

Then I started looking for other folks having the same problem, and sure enough....

I will uninstall it. It is an encryption soft and is not being used on my PC.

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Good find.

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