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I have a user who has .doc files called Foo.doc and Bar.doc. Later they find files named ~$01-1-Foo.doc and ~$05-1-Bar.doc in the same directory. The new files are locked and disrupting the operation of some other tools that can't read locked files.

What could be causing locked files with these strange names to be created?

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they look indeed like MS Word temp files, to find out what's locking them, you may use this:

LockHunter is a foolproof file unlocker.

It is a tool to delete files blocked by something you do not know. LockHunter is useful for fighting against malware, and other programs that are blocking files without a reason. Unlike other similar tools it deletes files into the recycle bin so you may restore them if deleted by mistake.

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Shows processes locking a file or folder

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It deletes files into the recycle bin, so you may restore them if deleted by mistake

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Microsoft Word creates a mess of temporary files in a document's directory when one is open. It could be possible that a crash would keep them locked. Try using Unlocker to unlock the files and then delete them.

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Is word running? They look like temp files.

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