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Offline Mattias

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Cannot remove file, used by a program
« on: April 23, 2004, 07:40:50 AM »
Hi!

When i run a virus scan and find a virus, sometimes it can't be removed because a program or process is using the infected file. How do I find out what process is using it so I can kill it and remove the file? I noticed that the is a box that you can check for the program(Avast) to remove the file on system startup but I want to remove it ASAP.

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Mattias

Offline igor

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Re:Cannot remove file, used by a program
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2004, 09:28:24 AM »
Well, you may try things like Process Explorer from SysInternals, but in general, it may not be possible to remove it without restart. The file may be a DLL loaded into all the processes... so you would have to kill all the processes, which you simply can't do.