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    Can not delete files!!

    Hi everyone, about two days ago, my computer was on and I was away. I had left windows messenger on. But when I came back, I saw that somehow computer had imed everyone who was on my buddylist and try to send this file that I didn't even know it existed on my computer.

    Finally I traced it and found where it was located. I tried deleting it but didn't work. The only thing I can do is that I can move it around from one folder to another and rename it. I am pretty sure it has to be a stupid virus but I guess since I changed the name of the file, even if it's called the original name doesn't exist so it won't recognize it. However, I tried looking at the properties and everything seems normal. But again, when I try to delete it, it says "Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currenty in use."

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advanced.

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    Lets see.. suggestions.. ::

    -Did you leave an 'open connect' with someone on your IM list? It's only a guess, but open connections can allow access into your pc -- I could be wrong, but if I'm not...?
    -Tried shutting down and restarting your pc then going in?
    -Tried using the "Add/Remove" program in Control Panel? Tho, I don't really believe that will work for a file :/
    -Is it a Read-Only? Take this off and try deleting it...?
    -Try deleting it from DOS?

    Good luck.. never had this happen to me, I'd be interested in the end result.
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    is it called pic(1)(2)(3)?.EXE?
    if so its a harmless(or so i think), thta is run everytime windows starts up so go into the process killer (ie CTRL+ALT+DEL) and kill the program msgspread ( or sumthin like that) and then delete it that should get rid of the virus
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    if it is pic123 then here is how to remove it...

    http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~lynnh/AVA1/htmls/new.html

    its on the bottom of the page.
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    Thank you so much webmarkart, whackaxe, and Revelle. All your comments have been really really helpful.

    The file was read-only and I did change it and tried deleting it but didn't work. I tried changing attributes from dos and tried deleting it from there but no result.

    And I am sorry, I should have mentioned earlier, it was a patch for a software that I had downloaded from a p2p application ( i m sure everyone knows which one it would be) and I don't use it at all but I was introuduced by someone and I tried it out for the first time for experiment purpose. But I guess I learned my lesson and have decided not to use it.

    So I guess when I was applying the patch, it must have created that .exe file that had a mouse icon on it. and there were quite a few files. I did check earlier and made sure that they weren't in startup. And if they were then it may be the problem why I couldn't delete them but they weren't. I did check in Add-remove and thought it probably was a small application and I could get rid off from there. But nope, it wasn't there. Since I run a server and my this machine is connected to it, they both are running 24/7. So it never struck to me to turn it off and start it again.

    However, that would have been the first thing I should have tried. And with surprise it did work. yet, I still don't understand why I was not able to delete it before I restarted the computer. I guess it must have something to do with memory.

    But now my biggest concern is that I hope it didn't damage any of my .dll or system files. Is there anyway to find that out?

    Once again, I really appreciate your quick replies and thanks to you all I got to learn something new as well as got rid off my problem. Thanks a lot.

    By the way, I do have Norton Antivirus 2002 and I just did the live update couple of days ago. I don't know if having it makes a big difference or not.
    Last edited by WebPlaya; 10-03-2002 at 09:05 PM.

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    Its a worm

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com...ying.worm.html

    Read that for more. I'd do another virus update and moan to Nortons as they now about it since august last year so virus checker should have spotted it.
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    Thank you tommysphone. The link was really helpful.

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    so it was the worm i suggested. i thought that it had been stamped out ages ago!
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