Prompt from Windows 2000
I have Windows 2000 installed on my computer. How do I
enter into DOS prompt to enable me to delete a file that I cannot delete
through Windows, due to it being used. I am sure it is a virus file.
You can try going through the command prompt using Start->Run->"cmd" and then
navigating to the folder and typing "delete ". I don't think this
will work; I think Windows will probably not let you delete the file if it is
However, I would recommend getting a virus cleaner like Norton Anti-Virus,
McAfee's anti-virus system, or PC-cillin (This may not be the right spelling).
It is always dicey to delete files yourself. Additionally, there may be more
clean-up involved, like changing registry settings and the like.
There are also "ad-ware" cleaners like Spybot and a few others that may take
care of programs that are not, technically, viruses but are nuisances (one
example of this is WildTangent, an on-line gambling application).
If it is a .dll, you may be able to see which processes are using it by
running a program called "tlist". With this, you can list all of the .dll
files loaded by all processes currently running and see which process is using
the .dll. Try "tlist /?" to start. This program does not appear to come
installed, but I believe it is on the Windows 2000 CD in that the installation
program is under x:\support\tools where x is the CD drive.
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