These are some things I do to kill files that just won't delete...
1. delete all reg entries first, then delete the program using a] windows uninstaller, then b] its own uninstaller and maybe c] a commercial or free uninstaller
2. if unsuccessful, it may be because of you not killing the systray icon for the problem, and all shortcuts
3. try to physically drop the file into any one of many file kill, or unlocker programs
4. recheck the registry for just the one file that seems to be hung up, and see if it can be found in the Windows Shell folder...kill it
5. and one littel trick I use is to make a new folder on c:\ I often give it a sillly name, like The House on Haunted Hill, which has nothing to do with the magic of the exercise. Often these files sit stubbornly avoiding your efforts to delete them, BUT they like to go on a trip. So, pick them up and drop them off at the Haunted House...all very silly, but it works.
They'll lay down and die after a day or so...then you can delete them.
6. if the file does not delete then, it may be associated with a malware...visit those fellows to find out what to do
7. often over time, the file will just stop being a pest and allow you to delete it, so if it not really causing any probs just leave it be for a few day.
Edited by b1caez01, 07 September 2006 - 10:06 PM.