Pilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4 Posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2435 times:
I extracted an .exe programme that wont run on my pc to my desktop and it will not delete, it comes up its been used by someone or another programme, ive restarted my pc many times and still no luck.
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3029 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2434 times:
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This sounds like a spyware/virus. You need to grab an updated antivirus and an anti-spyware program like SpyBot S&D or Ad-Aware. There's a chance that you need to run them in Windows Safe Mode if they're unable to remove the .exe file with the associated virus/spyware.
Diamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
The program is running as a "process" in the background.
Press ctrl-alt-delete and the Task Manager window will pop up. Select the "Processes" tab. Look for something that appears to match the name of the program (it may not). If you see something that is obviously the program, attempt to stop the process 'tree'. If you are successful in stopping the process, you should be able to remove the .exe file from your desktop.
If that doesn't work, restart your computer in SAFE mode. Navigate to the desktop folder and delete the program manually.
There may be additional registry keys and .dll files that need to be removed as well.
Nwajetset From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2342 times:
You are probably going to have hard time deleting it. After you try all other suggestions, if they don't work, you probably need to change permissions in the registry file. Some spyware is wrapped that way so you cannot remove it.
Go to start, Run, type REGEDIT, press enter.
Be VERY CAREFUL what you do and be sure the program you want to delete is the one you are modifying/deleting. Registry changes will affect and possibly damage your system.
Okay, Click on the plus sign at HKEY LOCAL MACHINE. You will see subcategories open up. Go to software. Click on that plus sign. Find your program. Sometimes you really have to look for it. It could be under the company name, the program name, or something entirely different.
When you find it, right click on it. Select permissions. Change to allow you full control. After that is changed, right click and delete it.
When you are finished, repeat the process in HKEY CURRENT USER, HKEY USERS, and HKEY CURRENT CONFIG to make surfe there aren't any other files in these sections. Chances are, they are there also.