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How to delete un deletable shortcut?

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Ive got this shortcut on my desktop that it will not let me delete, it goes to a file i deleted awhile ago in its destination.


Edited by ShortySmalls - 10/24/11 at 7:00pm
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post #2 of 42
Malware scan maybe?

I think I've actually run into the same problem before but I can't remember how I solved it.

You can try moving the location of your desktop by transferring the folder someplace else. I can't tell you exactly how to do it word for word right now because I'm on my MacBook but I know it's in your User directory and you can right click on the "Desktop" folder and go from there.
    
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What does it say when you try to delete it?
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The first things I recommend trying are refreshing the desktop, or rebooting.

Beyond that, I can't think of what else I might try.
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post #5 of 42
This is where a dual boot comes in handy. You can fire up the other OS and then delete from the folder anything you please, there won't be any restrictions. Other than that, you might try to track down which program is utilizing that which you want to delete and turn it off. That should let you then delete the offending shortcut.
    
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you could try a program called unlocker.
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post #7 of 42
You need to right click icon select security select your user account select edit and choose allow for everything then apply the right click delete
post #8 of 42
I use a bootable linux usb to get rid of files like that.
 
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post #9 of 42
Try booting into safemode and deleting it that way.
Also you may need to take ownership of the file.
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post #10 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by 6speed View Post
I use a bootable linux usb to get rid of files like that.
to much work for somebody who even has linux installed it takes 6 steps in windows under 10 seconds.
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