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Hi,
Ive got a random file in the trash of my iMac, and I cant delete it. When I go to delete, it prompts for the "are you sure you wanna delete" prompt, and then empties all trash apart from this file.

It's file name is a series of the letters "NUL" in tiny print, in a vertical pattern. It says the file size is ZERO and was modified on 01/01/1904... Which I thought was odd.
I have done some research and found that the letters are the Unicode characters for NULL (But this means nothing to me )

When I "GET INFO" it flashes up for an unreadable quarter of a second then deletes itself from the trash-can so I can't find it.... next time I click on the trash icon, it is back in there.

I have xp dual booted (as I need it for the IT course I"m studying) and have found and deleted viruses on that hunk of junk partition. Could it possibly have anything to do with that...

I have followed the first three steps from this tutorial

OSXFAQ - Technical News and Support for Mac OS X

But unfortunately the final step is a bit beyond me.

The file is an Alias and I have tried to search spotlight for NUL but alas it cant find anything.

I was wondering if anybody might know:

1. What the file is
2. How to delete it
3. How to find the original file it is and Alias of

Any help would be so helpful, thanks heaps
Krispy

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I had this problem too. As I recall it had to do with running virtualization software. I can't tell you exactly how I got rid of it but here's my story,...

I had Parallels and was displeased that they wanted a full price for an upgrade from 2.x to 3.x so I switched to Fusion. I only used the programs to open the Boot Camp partitions on my HD. I don't recall at what time I noticed the random file in the trash but I believe it was resolved when I removed the Parallels drivers from starting up with OS X. Once Parallels was removed from the /Library and /System/Library I rebooted and the file was gone. There was also and issue of OS X not rebooting gracefully and I also think this was due to have Fusion and Parallels on the same computer. Once Parallels was removed the system restarted and shutdown normally.

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Thanks MacsWork,

I dont have Parrallels but i using BootChamp to switch between partitions, ill check the setting and maybe that might work haha thanks =P
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Deleted BootChamp and other relevant files and it did nothing =(

Keep searching for answers I suppose hehe
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