Locked Files - Scans are finding locked files - Should I delete th

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Marc, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Marc

    Marc Guest

    I am running windows XP and scaning with AVG V8. The scans are finding locked
    files which AVG cant scan. Is it reasonable for applications to lock files?
    Should I delete these files?

    Here are the files I found today:

    "C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Application
    Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat";"Locked file. Not tested.";"Locked file.
    Not tested."
    "C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\NTUSER.DAT";"Locked file. Not
    tested.";"Locked file. Not tested."
    "C:\Documents and Settings\Marc S\Local Settings\Application
    Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat";"Locked file. Not tested.";"Locked file.
    Not tested."
    "C:\Documents and Settings\Marc S\Local
    Settings\Temp\etilqs_ERZRWLPSIj6DCyEmW5kp";"Locked file. Not tested.";"Locked
    file. Not tested."
    "C:\Documents and Settings\Marc S\Local
    Settings\Temp\etilqs_ERZRWLPSIj6DCyEmW5kp-journal";"Locked file. Not
    tested.";"Locked file. Not tested."
    "C:\Documents and Settings\Marc S\NTUSER.DAT";"Locked file. Not
    tested.";"Locked file. Not tested."
    "C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Local Settings\Application
    Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat";"Locked file. Not tested.";"Locked file.
    Not tested."
    "C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\NTUSER.DAT";"Locked file. Not
    tested.";"Locked file. Not tested."
    "C:\hiberfil.sys";"Locked file. Not tested.";"Locked file. Not tested."
     
    Marc, Jan 14, 2009
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  2. Marc

    John McGaw Guest

    snip...

    Is it reasonable? Of course it it reasonable. It would be unreasonable for
    an OS or application to leave a file open to manipulation by any other
    process unless it was opened in read mode only. Before you consider
    removing anything you better do some really serious study. For example
    "ntuser.dat" is part of the registry. The OS would probably refuse to
    delete the files it was protecting anyway but it never pays to bait the devil.

    I don't use AVG any more myself. Did the program actually tell you that
    there was something wrong about these files being locked? Did it suggest
    deletion?

    If the problem is leftover locked files after a system malfunction,
    something MS has never been too careful with, there are ways to clean them
    up safely. The mere fact that MS wrote UPHClean suggests that they know
    their underlying software is deeply flawed. This application is supposed to
    take care of leftovers from botched logoffs and suchlike stuff:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1B286E6D-8912-4E18-B570-42470E2F3582&displaylang=en
     
    John McGaw, Jan 14, 2009
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  3. It is reasonable to expect the OS to lock files whos contents are being
    used.
    No, scan in safe mode where less software is actively being used
    and less files are locked. Your registry and hibernation files will be
    in use (along with some others), but less will remain "unscanned".
     
    FromTheRafters, Jan 14, 2009
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  4. Post here instead: http://freeforum.avg.com/
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    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jan 15, 2009
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  5. Marc

    Fishy Guest

    For God's sake don't delete those files!
    But try this if you can: If you have a second hard drive, load up the OS on that drive,
    boot into that drive, and scan your first drive from there. The files won't be locked
    because they won't be in use. It's easy to verify that they are safe. I do this about
    every six months or so.

    <*(((><
    Fishy Lives!
     
    Fishy, Jan 15, 2009
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  6. Marc

    ~BD~ Guest

    A twist on this, Fishy.

    Do you feel that the standard licence issued by Microsoft permits one to
    load an operating system (frrom the same instalation CD) on to two
    separate hard disks if they are housed within the same machine?

    I like your idea, btw!

    Dave
     
    ~BD~, Jan 18, 2009
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  7. Marc

    Mi-Time 02 Guest

    why not delete those files i'm finding about 75-90 of them what are they?
    what should i do with them ? i can't find the files anywhere eles when i
    highlight them there are no options to do anything i'm confused on all these
    files i'm finding
    this is confusing me as you can tell thanks

    Mi-Time 02
     
    Mi-Time 02, Jan 24, 2009
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  8. Some of the files may be needed. Just because they weren't
    available to be scanned doesn't mean they are malicious and
    'hiding' from the scanner.
     
    FromTheRafters, Jan 24, 2009
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  9. Marc

    sharrn Guest

    I have the same problem. how do i unlock them ?
    is that a good idea or are they viruses? i did an Avg scan and it said
    that i have files that contain macros, what is that and how do i fix it?
    i would apreciate the help as this is a new computer and realy dont want
    anything to go wrong with it :)
     
    sharrn, Aug 9, 2009
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  10. This problem is well known and finally I found solution for it:
     
    tanisha tanisha, Nov 20, 2010
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    kitgath

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    I had the same problem. And :)pathtoolongtool.com helped me.
     
    kitgath, Dec 11, 2010
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    alan.larky

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    i also have faced the same problme and following software sort out my problem


    :)longPathTool.com

    some of the features of this softwares are:

    Path too long.
    Error cannot delete file: cannot read from source file or disk.
    Cannot delete file: Access is denied.
    There has been a sharing violation.
    Cannot delete file or folder The file name you specified is not valid or too long.
    Specify a different file name.
    The source or destination file may be in use.
    The file is in use by another program or user.
    Error Deleting File or Folder
    Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
    Path too deep.
     
    alan.larky, Jan 2, 2011
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