Did you ever experience any difficulty to delete files and folders that you decided to delete from your system? Most people just let these files to be there than to delete it. There are some simple techniques available to delete such files. We usually store files and folders for future use, the unused and unwanted files cause waste of space. We usually delete files by using the Delete button or by using Shift+Delete to permanently delete the files from your computer. Sometimes the file refuses to delete from the system due to some reasons. There are different types of messages displayed like Cannot delete file: Access is denied; make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and the file is not currently in use; the source or destination file may be in use, or the files in use by another program or user.
File in Use
If the file is in use, it cannot be deleted. You can delete such files by closing the program using that file. First, check if the file or folder is used by any application that is currently active. You can also start Windows in Safe mode and delete the stubborn file or folder. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to view Task manager, in the Process tab look for the process associated with a program that could open that particular file. Look at the Description in Processes to find the right process. If you cannot find out the program or tool that is currently using the file, restart the system and try to delete the file.
Lockhunter is a free tool to delete files blocked by something that you do not know. This tool deletes the files to recycle bin so you can restore them if it deleted by mistake. This tool helps to unlock, delete, copy or rename a locked file. You can also delete the file at the next OS restart. The latest version supports multiple file selection, you can choose several files or folders at once and the program will show the locking process and allows you to delete them.
This tool helps to unlock and delete files easily. After installing the application, right-click the file and folder and select unlocker in the pop-up menu. If the file or folder is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear. Click unlock all to unlock from all.
You can use Malwarebytes FileASSASSIN to eradicate any type of locked files from your system. UnLockIT from Emco software is a free utility to unlock files and folders. The application detects a list of locking processes and allows them to unlock the resource by closing file and library handles or terminating locking processes. The tool tries to unlock the file first and schedule it to delete it on the next boot if the resource cannot be unlocked. With IObit Unlocker, you can unlock, rename and delete stubborn files