Some files in Windows are protected from being overwritten, ever. For someone who knows what they’re doing, this is perhaps a nuisance rather than something to be thankful for but for the vast majority of users, it’s a much needed safety net. The feature that protects these files from being replaced, or removed is called Windows File Protection and it is essential not just to keep a user from unknowingly harming an important file, but also to keep malicious apps from doing the same. That said, some apps still get through the cracks. In a previous post, we wrote on how to delete infected (or locked) files from the command prompt. This time we have FilExile app, which does the the same thing with in a a simply graphical user interface (GUI).
To remove an infected or locked file, install FilExile and run it. Click the ‘Browse’ button next to the Target field to select the file you want to delete. Once the file has been selected, click ‘Delete’ to remove it.
FilExile has a logging feature that, when enabled when deleting a file, will allow you to keep track of which files you’ve deleted. The app also has a safety feature that keeps you from accidentally deleting important directories and files. Using a GUI app like FilExile makes the clean-up process a lot simpler and it also negates the need to restart your system.
FilExile is an opensource app which works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.