I have downloaded and run a whole slew of the malware and virus detection programs you recommend on this site and my computer is super clean, so I know it's not that.
I think the problem may have started when I hung up my viewing program using the bad .avi and the good .avi, trying to move too fast and using a new trial version of the viewing program (WinDVD 6) along with my old complete version (WindDVD 5). I have since deleted the trial version of WinDVD 6 and I am still having the same problem. I'm posting this in the WinXP forum because I think explorer.exe in Task Mgr *thinks* I'm running the .avi in a viewing program although I none open and none are shown running anywhere. (Even per WinPatrol.)
I have also restored WinXP to a date previous to when all this started, with no luck. I then undid the system restore.
I have tried to use a command prompt, after closing Explorer in Task Mgr, to delete the file but it says the file cannot be found. I have checked and doublechecked the path but I still think I may be using the command prompt wrong because nothing happened when I did the disk check for drives D and E per the instructions given to aero80, which I thought I would try just in case. If someone could tell me exactly what to type in the command prompt, that would be great. I typed something like this:
...>del C:\Documents and Settings\Pentium 4\My Documents\My Videos\file name.avi
I think I'm going to try to defrag; I have no idea if it even touches the problem but it can't hurt, right?
Edited by CleaPet, 28 May 2005 - 01:56 PM.