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Thread: Error Deleting File or Folder. Cannot delete (FILE): Access denied

  1. #1
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    Oct 2005

    Error Deleting File or Folder. Cannot delete (FILE): Access denied

    I am using Vista and getting access denied permission while deleting a file. I never got that error and somehow it started appearing on its own. The laptop use to work fine. There was some virus issue but that was resolved. The virus appeared from the mp4 player. At that point Quickheal showed up a set of warning and it says that it has cleared the same. I am not able to understand why the issue appear. There is no virus and I am the system admin.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2005
    The virus has modified the file permission because of which you are getting that error. Go in safe mode and then try to delete the file. You must scan your system thoroughly in safe mode. Norton is one of the best antivirus for this kind of issues. There is a virus still in the computer. Here system restore can help you to deal with problem for sometime but still the virus lies inside the system.

  3. #3
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    Oct 2005
    There is a still virus in the system and the file permission is modified. You can keep your system in continuous scanning mode. The antivirus might heal your files. There will be temporary relief only. You must avoid using a free antivirus at this point. The virus has entered in the system and has modified the file permission. There is very less chances to restore the same. It is recommended to scan your system and then if that does not work you must re-install windows.

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    Mar 2012

    Re: Error Deleting File or Folder. Cannot delete (FILE): Access denied

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    Apr 2009

    Re: Error Deleting File or Folder. Cannot delete (FILE): Access denied

    To work around this issue, use either of the following methods:

    1. When you delete files or folders by using Windows Explorer, use the SHIFT+DELETE key combination. This bypasses the Recycle Bin.
    2. Open a command prompt window and use the rd /s /q command to delete the files or folders.

    You can find more information on this page -

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