cannot delete .vmx file

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2007
    hi i have a file on my macbook pro called recycler and I cannot get rid of it from the trash

    its says .vmx is locked

    and having gone in to it i see the file

    jwgkvsq.vmx has a locked sign by it

    any ideas how to get rid of this ?
  2. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    Is the file you want to delete "recycler" or "jwgkvsq.vmx" .. your explanation is kind of confusing.

    Anyway, are you running VMWare Fusion ? If yes, quit it before deleting the file. If this doesn't help, open the properties of the file (cmd+i) and add yourself "write" permissions. Then try again.
  3. MacforJohn macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2014
    I, too, cannot delete "jwgkvsq.vmx".

    I understand that this is a Windows worm. It may have landed on my Mac [now OS X 10.8] when I was using Windows via Parallels. (Parallels is now removed from my Mac.)

    My experience notes:
    1) I use Sophos for Mac anti-virus program, which identified the malicious file and moved it to quarantine ("Infected") folder. Fine. It's presumably now unable to function, even if it was ever able to function on the Mac, which (presumably) it was not. I still don't want this thing on my Mac at all.

    2) The file is invisible unless I use "EasyFind" to reveal it.

    3) I cannot delete the file. Nor after disclosing it can I open "Information" for the it. Accordingly, I cannot follow the instructions previously suggested in this thread.

    How to destroy / delete the file?

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