In Windows operating systems, the administrator is considered to be the user with the most privileges. Despite having more privileges, many administrators are not able to delete their files. If you commonly use a computer as the administrator, you have likely experienced the following issues when trying to delete  files:

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • The source or destination of the file may be in use.

It is irritating to not have complete access to your files when you are the administrator. Fortunately, you can get rid of these files permanently through the command prompt or by using a program like FileASSASIN.

Using the Command Prompt To Delete Files:

You won’t need third applications to remove files using the command line.

Click the “Start” button and type “CMD” or “Command Prompt” inside the search box.

Type Command Prompt

 

Right-click the “Command Prompt” icon from the search results and select “Run as administrator.”

CMD Admin

 

This will launch an elevated or administrator level Command Prompt. Doing this allows you to execute commands without restriction.

Command Prompt

 

An ideal command for removing a file should look like this:

DEL /F /Q /A C:\\Users\\Enter your username here\\Enter the location of the file here\\Enter the file name here

 

  • DEL: Stands for delete
  • /F: Stands for force delete
  • /Q: Stands for quite a mode. This means that it will prompt any notifications such as “Are you sure you want to delete this file?”
  • /A: Stands for various file attributes such as read-only, hidden, ready for archiving, etc.
  • /C: Stands for your main drive. In most cases, it is the “C:” drive.

For example, if you want to delete a file named “virus.exe” on the desktop, you should enter the following command:

DEL /F /Q /A C:\\Users\\Vikitech\\Desktop\\Virus.exe

Execute Command

Now hit the “Enter” key to execute the command. This will permanently delete the file.

If you prefer a less geeky way to delete an undeletable file, the software below can help.

FileASSASIN:

FileASSASIN is a free program created by the developers of Malwarebytes—a well-known anti-malware program.

Double-click the executable file to run FileASSASIN.

FileASSASSIN

This is the main user interface of FileASSASIN

FileASSASSIN UI

 

Click the “Browse” button to find files to delete.

Browse files

 

After selecting a file to delete, FileASSASIN will provide you with several options. Select the “Delete” option if you want to erase the file.

FileASSASSIN Options

 

Now click “Execute” to completely erase the file.

Execute

That’s all you need to do to delete a file. Not a complicated process – If you are not comfortable with the Command Prompt, you can always use File Assassin to delete those stubborn files.

Download FileASSASIN

Final Thoughts:

These are useful techniques for removing persistent and harmful malware files. However, remove your files with caution.  You may end up deleting essential files if you don’t do it carefully.

  • How to make file undeletable using command line in command prompt?

    • Well that’s an interesting question. We’ll get back to you on this one. Might even make for a nice post on the blog. Thanks.

  • Good walk through. Deleting files like these are a good security precaution for some businesses.

  • meri jeet says:

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  • izraulhidashi says:

    So you just gona use /a without any attributes huh? lol.

    del /f /q /a [?] …. “file”