OS X - 10.7.5

I have a file DEAAD300 on a users desktop that I can not delete.

EDIT - The file can not be opened either.

The icon that shows up looks like an Excel file (The user has Office 2011 installed).

When I try to delete the file via the GUI I get:

The item “DEAAD300” can’t be moved to the Trash because it can’t be deleted.

When I try to go and delete it via terminal, the file does not show with:

ls or ls -lah

At a loss where this file came from or what to do. He said it showed up with out him doing anything...that I am not sure about.

Any help is great!

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    Is it still there after you restart? Is it a mounted drive or .dmg (disk utility will tell you)
    – Ali
    Jan 23, 2013 at 17:26
  • Well, the user did a restart and it went away. Very strange. Thanks @Ali!
    – manumoomoo
    Jan 23, 2013 at 23:17

1 Answer 1


I often get that error as well. The files are shown on the desktop but not when opening a window for ~/Desktop/ in Finder. They have always disappeared after I have relaunched Finder or logged out and back in.

  • The user did not try either of these solutions. I can not confirm or deny that this worked. Thanks for the answer tho!
    – manumoomoo
    Jan 23, 2013 at 23:18

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