Cannot delete file "runauto.."

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Sorry, I previously posted this in the wrong forum by mistake.

I have this folder in the root directory of my hard disks.

I have read all the response in this forum to a previous request on
advice on how to delete this folder. None of the advice works; much of
it is inapplicable.

I have followed every article of advice I can follow on the first 10
pages of a Google search on the string 'runauto..'. About 50% of the
entries refer to my own earlier request (6 weeks ago) and the
non-effective advices on how to remove the sub-folder. The other 50%
contain advice which is either not applicable or just plain does not work.

Question: has anyone, anywhere, at any time ever actually been able to
remove this sub-folder? Failing that, has anyone, anywhere at any time
heard of somebody who claims to have removed this sub-folder, and whose
claim has been validated?

Please be assured that running all the suggested anti-virus and
anti-spy-ware packages, that all the Google articles advise, results in
the same status report on my computer: no virus or spy-ware is found.
And file 088826.exe does not exist.

Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

x-eyed-bear wrote:
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Have you tried the free version of  SuperAntiSpyware ?
What OS are you using?
Did you clear out your Restore point, if you have such on your OS?
Did you try to remove your problem in SafeMode?
You give very little info.
SuperAntiSpyware seems to get things done when others fail.



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Buffalo wrote:
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Apologies, the detail was in an earlier posting. Here is  a precis:

- OS is Win2000 SP4, with all latest 'patch Tuesday' updates
- 2 hard disks, both 'infected'
- SafeMode makes no difference to the ability to delete the folder; the
error message is "Cannot delete file: cannot read from the souce file or
disk"
- I do not use Restore points because I make frequent changes  to my
system as part of my work and studies. I cannot readily keep track of
the restore points.
- I have not used SuperAntiSpyware because I have no proof that it is
not in fact Spyware.
- I am running AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5
- I am running the latest version of Norton Internet security, updated
daily.
- I am running SpyBot S & D
- I can copy files into this folder but can only delete them from the
folder using the Wipe feature in PGP. I cannot list the files that are
in the folder.

Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

x-eyed-bear wrote:

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Being careful is smart. SuperAntiSpyware is an anti-spyware program and not
an anti-virus program.
Perhaps you will research the program if you are interested.
Some sites:
http://www.snapfiles.com/opinions/Super-Anti-Spyware/Super-Anti-Spyware.html
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/SUPERAntiSpyware-Professional-Review-49986.shtml
http://www.softsea.com/review/SUPERAntiSpyware-Professional.html

The free version is basically the same as the paid version with the
exception of real-time protection and auto-updating.

If you get your problem fixed, please post back with the solution.


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Buffalo wrote:
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http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/SUPERAntiSpyware-Professional-Review-49986.shtml
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I have now installed and run SUPERAntiSpyware. AS I really expected, it
does exactly what it does NOT say on the box. It fails to even detect,
let alone remove 'runauto..' and fails to detect a known piece of
malware embedded in a zip file which I keep on my system, but never
execute, as a test case. So far AVG is the only anti-spy ware which
detects this malware.


I guess I should ask my question again: has anyone, anywhere, at any
time actually ever removed this folder 'runauto..?

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not
http://www.snapfiles.com/opinions/Super-Anti-Spyware/Super-Anti-Spyware.html
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http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/SUPERAntiSpyware-Professional-Review-49986.shtml
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As I stated previously, it is not a virus detector.
Hell, just uninstall it. It was free and it didn't take too much of your
time.

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No antispyware detects them all.
Did that test zip file come from AVG?  :)


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BTW, if nothing detects your 'runauto..' file, what kind of problem(s) is it
causing?
What is its size?
Just curious.



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Disregard the above questions.
I read your post that you got it deleted.
When you tried to change the attributes in DOS, did you call the file
runauto..  or    runaut~1   or  "C:\runauto.." or  ?
Curious, in case I have a similar problem with my Win2000Pro.



Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

Buffalo wrote:
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IN both 'DOS' (actually Windows Command prompt) and at the Recovery
Console command line (which may be the same thing) I navigated to the
root of each drive - e.g. C:\ and then issued commands on the file named
  'runauto..'  - without using the single quote marks, like this:

attrib -h runauto..

Here I have allowed the [drive:] and [path] variables to default to
their current values - C: and \ in this case.

I wonder if I should have used

attrib -h "runauto,,"

None of my PC DOS 4,5,6 or7 user guides are clear on the syntax of
'filename'

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Next time you encounter a peculiar folder or filename like that,
perhaps try Delinvfile to delete it...


http://delinvfile.assistance-and-resources-for-computing-inc.qarchive.org /

Larry


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Not sure, but with the Dos in Win98 you had to keep the file name to 8 or
less characters.
In that case  runauto..  would have to be called  runaut~1.
But, at a Windows Command Prompt, I believe that the 8 character limit is
not applied, at least in Win2000Pro.
Thanks again for the solution you used.
PS: I would think that there is a proper syntax to use to do it without
using another program.



Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

gladly528.nospam@ntlworld.com says...
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Probably, coz more than 1 period, or any commas, are not usually allowable
characters in a
filename at the command prompt (though the shells you get from cmd and from
command difer,
and one may allow that stuff)
I usually find it best to do attrib -h -r -s filename, to zap all the attributes
at once. Sometimes you
don't get access otherwise.
Doing a DIR run* would likely have shown the 8.3 format filename for the file,
which would have got
round the funny character thing, too.
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Snob? Were I a snob, I wouldn't be talking to you.

Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

gladly528.nospam@ntlworld.com says...
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I'd have thought frequent changes to a system were a reason to use restore
points, not a reason
not to, but maybe it's just me who likes to have a way to easily undo a
mistake...
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Snob? Were I a snob, I wouldn't be talking to you.

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If you can prepare a BartPE CD using http://www.ubcd4win.com /
(assuming you use XP) you could use it to delete the files and
folders. Failing that, remove the hard drive and connect it as a slave
on a second computer (with proper regard to drive jumper settings) and
delete them using the second computer, then scan the drive for malware
while it's there and then replace it in your sick computer. An
alternative to mounting the drive as a slave on another system, you
could install it in an external drive case that can than be connected
via USB port to the second computer. That saves having to open up the
second computer.

Now that I think of it, the simplest way is to boot from your OS CD
and use the command console to delete the files and folders. Even
easier is to find a tech who knows how to do these things and have
him/her do it for you.

Good luck!

Larry


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Larry Sabo wrote:
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Booting from the OS CD and entering the Recovery Console is not effective.

Trying to 'rd' this folder results in the error msg 'access is denied'

Trying to 'attrib -h' or 'attrib -s' this folder results in the error
msg ' The system cannot find the file or directory specified'

Dir lists the folder as having attributes 'd--hs--'



Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

On 08/29/2007 07:31 AM, x-eyed-bear wrote:
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It's been a while since I've had to install Windows, so consider this an
off-the-wall suggestion that you may ignore.

Install the Recovery Console and use the recovery console to delete
088826.exe and runauto...

Using the Recovery Console requires a certain amount of skill, and you
have to set some things in the registry first. See
http://support.microsoft.com/ for the required documentation.

Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

Mumia W. wrote:
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AS I said in the original post, file 088829.exe does not exist on my
system and runauto.. cannot be deleted.

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Please repost with more information, including the operating system in
use on the problem computer, the exact name of the item in question,
whether it is a file or a folder and the significance of the =
"088826.exe"
file.

Ben


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"Please repost with more information, including the operating system in
use on the problem computer, the exact name of the item in question,
whether it is a file or a folder and the significance of the
"088826.exe"
file."

Here's the OP's original thread:
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.comp.anti-virus/browse_thread/thread/ed0877f8aeb0214e/46ecb44406dcb79d?lnk=gst&q=What+is+runauto..+folder+in+root+directory&rnum=1&hl=en #

-jen





Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

Ben Myers wrote:
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OS is Win2000 SP4 with all latest security fixes
The name of the item is as in the title of the post - i.e. 'runauto..
It is a file ( a generic term) but with the specific characteristics of
a folder as demonstrable by a). the icon that Windows uses to represent
it and b). the fact that I can drop files into the runauto.. folder.
The file '088826.exe' is a component of the Trojan virus which creates
the 'runauto..' folder.

Re: Cannot delete file "runauto.."

x-eyed-bear wrote:
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You've got a mean one there. I assume you have seen the instructions for
removing this Trojan at: http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-runauto-trojan.html
Although the help there is for XP, you should be able to apply the basic
techniques in Windows 2000.

As for removing the file that is giving you the delete error, I would
try booting to safe mode and running SuperAntiSpyware (install the free
version). It's actually one of the best virus scanners out there and
doesn't install any ad ware or spy ware. IMPORTANT: you will need to use
it's "Bootsafe" option on the Start Menu to boot into Safe Mode, then
reset Bootsafe again to 'Normal Restart' BEFORE you boot back into
normal Windows.

If that doesn't work, this will for sure...

Try burning a Linux based "Knoppix" disc downloaded from:
http://www.knoppix.net
Boot to this disc, navigate to the folder/file(s) and delete away.

Whichever method you use, be sure and nuke any malware infected registry
key(s) before you boot back up in normal Win2K (taking appropriate
precautions to back up the registry first of course).

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