So I found out that I had a Trojan on my external hard drive. My anti-virus app killed it, but it has created a bunch of random files on my computer which cannot be deleted. These are image files. They cannot be renamed - using any method - nor can they be moved, cut, copied, permanently deleted or even opened (in any program).

How can we rid these files from our system?

I have tried:

  1. Right-click > Delete
  2. Shift+Delete (Permanently Delete)
  3. Swearing

and then:

  1. FileASSASSIN from MalwareBytes
  2. Eraser program
  3. sdelete program
  4. several commands in cmd

but none of them have been successful. How can I completely obliterate these files?

  • Can you take ownership? Does it make any difference? I've used MoveOnBoot successfully in the past for difficult files, up to Win 7, not tested with 8
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:52
  • @Moan it's the funnest one!
    – jay_t55
    Jan 4, 2015 at 23:25

2 Answers 2


Use a live boot Linux DVD. Boot to it. Find the file and delete it


Try booting from a usb stick to DOS. (So Windows doesn't start, this way the virus doesn't protect the files from being deleted. )

Guide: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/id-1869892/making-bootable-dos-usb-drive.html

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