This is a guest post by Vincent Ammirato. If you are interested to guest post in this blog, just head over to the Guest Post Guidelines.
While renaming, moving or deleting files in your computer, you may have come upon a file that couldn’t be renamed, moved, or deleted. A file can be locked for a variety of reasons: It may have been set to “read-only”, it may be currently in use by an active program, or it may be a corrupted file.
If the file in question is an important file or one that you specifically want to keep on the system, it would be a good idea to first check for simple things that could be the cause of the lock. If the file is being used by another program, closing that program will unlock the file and allow any modifications to it.
If the file is not being used by any program that is currently running visibly, perhaps it is being used by a background program. If this is the case, a quick restart of the computer should allow access to the file. Right after the restart, go straight to that file and it should be unlocked.
If this does not unlock the file, checking the file properties to make sure the file isn’t set to “read-only” is the next step. To do this, right-click the file then go to ‘Properties’ and uncheck the box that has “Read-only” next to it. If it was checked, that was likely the reason for the file being locked. If that box was unchecked, then the reason for the lock is something else entirely.
If none of the above methods worked, it is possible the file is corrupted or a security threat. A completely locked file may be a sign of a virus or malware. The file may directly harm the computer or be used as a way for another individual to gain access to your information. To make sure that the file does not bring great harm, it is usually best to delete it from the system.
If the file is an important system file, deleting it may cause instability or errors in the system. When dealing with system files, it may be a good idea to back up all important data in your computer. This way, even if the file was a critical component of the system and problems arise when deleted, the computer can be formatted or otherwise overhauled and no information would be lost.
It may seem alright to keep the file in the computer instead of going through the process of backing up data and taking drastic measures, but remember that a virus or malware in the computer can mean big trouble if not dealt with accordingly. If a powerful virus spreads through the system, all the other files may be compromised. If malware is the culprit, its creator may be able to access your computer at will. It is better to be careful with files of unknown origin or that are acting suspiciously, as opposed to dealing with a large problem later. Never ignore any issues on your PC, even if they seem minor.
About the Author: Vincent Ammirato is Internet Marketer at http://www.alterimaging.com/. Alter Imaging is an award-winning web design, web development, internet marketing and advertising agency based in Charlotte, NC.