I have a corrupt .jpg file in one of my Windows 7 "picture folders" that locks up my computer whenever I click on it. My McAfee antivirus does not detect it as being infected. Is there a way to delete the file without clicking on it?
Try booting into Safe Mode by tapping F8 repeatedly while booting up and then deleting it from there. Also run some extra tools; Stinger and Malwarebytes Free, both listed in the last link in my signature below. Note: to keep Malwarebytes free of charge do NOT accept the free trial offer.
Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 15/08/13 10:45:01 EDT AM
"Why not just Shred it?" was my first thought. That's when I double-checked McAfee Shredder and found that it only shreds entire folders and their contents, and does not allow you to select an individual file. However, other products do allow you to go down to the level of a single file and shred it.
for some suggestions. The one I would go for is perhaps the one from fileshredder.org, number 4 in that list.
If the above suggestions do not work, then you will need to use a third-party file manager or delete the file using the Command Line or PowerShell.
If you Google Search for [ free file manager for Windows ] , I'm sure you will find one to temporarily use to delete the file.
On a side note - It is unusual for a corrupt picture to crash Windows explorer. This crash is most likely caused by a third party application plugin that is also trying to read the file and is not programmed correctly to handle unexpected errors or data.