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    Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    I have a file in the following folder:
    Local SettingsTempTemporary Internet FilesContent .IE5SLU345IZ and the file listed in explorer is:
    1049369834@125x125-1,125x125-10,125x125-2 .......channeltext1,channeltext10,.........channel text3,chan[1]
    I cannot delete this file it with explorer, or spybot search and destroy shredder, when I try to clear cookies and temp files spybot locks up - unless I delete files individually and avoid this folder. The disk cleanup utility in win 2000 locks up, I figure in must be on this file. How can I get rid of file? Is there a way to see Local Settings folder in the command line and delete there?

    Thanks for any help.

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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    Have a look at Boot Deleter here: TNK-BootBlock.co.uk.

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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    As a routine solution, you might want to try one of the CleanUp solutions offered at Langa's Batch Cleanup. In particular, WipeTIF.Bat - Completely Erase All Temp Internet Files (More thorough cleanup: Compact your Cookies Index, and completely erase Everything in your "Temporary Internet Files" area!)

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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    It may be as simple as booting into Safe Mode with DOS and deleting manually. Note that not all temporary files can be deleted as they may be in use. If the time-stamp is before your last reboot, however, you should be able to.

    If that does not work, I use MoveOnBoot - it will force the OS to delete the file upon reboot - BEFORE any "hooks" can hold it open.

    Eraser from here works well too.
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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    My personal choice on this on is Dr. Delete.
    "It calls upon the Win32 API, so it's using safe and tested code. Written with Visual C++ / MFC. Native executable, MFC compiled into program (since most people don't have MFC 7.1 )" And to chant Alan's mantra, it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> !!!
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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    Thanks for all of the information guys - but none of them would remove the file. Some would even show the file but when tried to delete programs said file wasn't there. Even when I used the command line batch files recommended it would not remove that file, and said it could not be found. I was finally able to remove the file by using the rd command with the /s (force) switch. What could have caused these problems do you think? Thanks again.

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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    I think I might have run across something similar once before, but can't remember the exact cause. Much of the TIF stuff you see in Windows (98 at least) is largely a "smoke & mirrors" job and is really references that point to things that exist (or not!) elsewhere. See here for a better explanation.

    Still, I'd imagine that Local SettingsTempTemporary Internet FilesContent .IE5SLU345IZ could be deleted (from DOS or Safe CMD mode) using a deltree command that goes to the depth of the tempor~1 folder.

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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    Yeah it was different getting rid of file, and would not have been a big deal except all the disk cleanup tools I was using would lock up and I thought the file was the possible problem. And finally I did get rid of the file, but only by deleting the directory as you said - thanks again everyone.

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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    The significant thing in this instance might be (as I said previously)
    "references that point to things that exist (or not!) elsewhere."
    If things have gone awry, and the files themselves don't exist anymore, but the (pointer) references remain, then a disk cleaning program is very likely to experience problems.

    I have heard that it's best to use IE's own tools to clean out temp files for this reason - 3rd party utils may not be able to delete everything consistently, leaving invalid pointers and subsequent problems. OTOH, IE itself doesn't do a thorough cleanup. For these reasons, I prefer to blow the entire TIF folder tree(s) away and let a new one be recreated from scratch. Glad it's now fixed for you though.

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    Re: Can't Remove Temp Internet Files

    Thanks again for your help!

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