What's going on? My PC has been taken hostage!!

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    What's going on? My PC has been taken hostage!!

    I booted up my PC, selected a movie file I wanted to delete and tried to delete it. Windows said that the file is in use (even though it isn't, I think I would know if I was watching a movie) and wouldn't delete it. My PC then starts chugging badly. I closed windows explorer and checked the task manager. As you can see from the first pic, explorer is using almost 100% of the CPU and a shed load od RAM.



    I leave it for a while, namely because my PC is practically out of action, to see if it clears up. As can be seen from the second pic (on the next post), 20 minutes have passed and it is still just as bad. Notice how, in neither picture, explorer is running. What on earth is going on?

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    Sorry, here is the first pic:
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    And here is the second, I forgot to open the task manager but the little green dial on the bottom right shows the CPU usage is still maximum.
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    The movie file is probably a virus, thats why it says its in use and cant be deleted.

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    Well I have watched it before with no problem, I just no longer want it on my HDD now that I have burnt it. Is it possible to put a virus into a .avi file?

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    I've had that problem before, just wait, or reboot, then delete it.
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    I've heard about this before, if im not misstaking I think it was something about XP trying to preview the file, hence the "file in use" error. and it's attempts to preview it will result in 'chugging' and high CPU / RAM usage.
    I could be wrong though
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    Have you tried booting in safe mode and deleting the movie from there?

    And if you're concerned about it being a virus why not run an online virus check, if you've not got one of your own?
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    Search your computer for .vbs files and delete those that look strange. Check for .pl PERL scripts, I think that it's probably a script file that has been attached to the movie. Scripts won't show up in task mgr.
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    open up command.com (dos prompt)
    even if windows doesn't like you deleting the file, dos can still do it, unless MS completely bastardized it in xp.
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    unfortunately i think it is, i've tried deleting stuff through dos in XP and its complete hell
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    get your hands on a dos boot disk, try that (make sure it's not the com from xp, try a boot disk from win9x dos)
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    this may sound stupid, and I have no idea why it works:

    I had a few avi files that I couldn't delete. One of them I couldn't even select without explorer crashing (win2k). I created an empty text file then selected both files (text file first) and I could delete them without a problem.
    A friend of mine had a similar problem, and this worked for him too. Maybe it is worth a try

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    fixyourcomputer.bat:

    Code:
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    > through dos in XP and its complete hell
    From windows:
    Take files out of your computer's startup process that you're worried about.
    Get into the registry and look for weird values.
    (IE: A virus can be ran by simply opening microsoft word, or adobe acrobat reader with custom registry values)

    from true dos:
    Restart your pc, and try holding F8 while it's starting up.
    Get into a regular command prompt from there.
    Navigate to where the file(s) is located.
    Strip it bare (attrib file.ext -r -a -s -h).
    Delete it.
    Repeat for other suspicous files.

    Do things like this; remove them from your computer's startup process, and remove them from windows' memory by easily restarting into true dos and strip the files you're concerned about of they're read-only protection, then delete them.

    I had to do things like that 19 times over to remove the Klez mailing worm I got when I wasn't looking one day. After an annoying process of manually removing practically 20 infections, I said the hell with it and went to http://www.BitDefender.com - AntiKlez.exe only turned up 11 more though - I got most of them! WOOT!
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