Unknown file on my desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by koonafa, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. koonafa macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2011
    Hi all,
    Bare with me, as i'm new to Mac's. I just got my first Mac (OS 10.7.2) last month. A few days ago i noticed a random icon on my desktop. It looks like a Microsoft excel file (i bought the microsoft office package). The file is titled "6A6B0000"; it won't let me open it or even delete it. Is this some sort of virus?
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    ... no thanks. :eek:
  3. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Right Click, Get Info, then look at the bottom and see what the permissions are, reset so you are the owner. Then delete.

    or maybe do this

    Open terminal and type in

    cd ~/dekstop (hit enter)
    ls (hit enter)
    sudo rm filename
    (hit enter)

    file will be gone.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash
    Solving Trash Problems
    No, it can't be a virus. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
  5. cruser macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2012
    Unkown file on my desktop

    I have exactly the same issue.
    The file appears on the desktop screen but not in finder
    It will not open and asking for properties does nothing.

    I tried the "sumo" cmd and got "no such file or directory"

  6. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    descending into the Maelström
    There is no "sumo" command.

    Copy and paste this command line into a Terminal window:
    ls -la ~/Desktop
    Then copy and paste the complete output, and post it here.
    Identify exactly which file is the problematic one.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  8. DrSour macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2012
    I have exactly the same problem. I get this output:

    ls -la ~/Desktop
    Last login: Tue Aug 14 12:06:04 on console
    Dr-Stephs-Macbook:~ stephsaur$ ls -la ~/Desktop
    total 1016
    drwx------+ 13 stephsaur staff 442 Sep 2 22:35 .
    drwxr-xr-x+ 32 stephsaur staff 1088 May 6 13:11 ..
    -rw-r--r-- 1 stephsaur staff 0 Aug 27 2008 .localized

    {I erased some listings in here}

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 stephsaur staff 171 Apr 11 2011 ~$Anwesenheitsliste MMV und MAV.xls
    Dr-Stephs-Macbook:~ stephsaur$

    The line in bold and red is the file we are talking about. never seen anything like that nor had a file by that name. Now what?

    PS: I erased the other listings of files in between that I was able to recognize on my desktop.
  9. csjo00 macrumors regular

    May 17, 2010
    This is some Terminal commands to delete the file. Note that this will permanently delete the file and you won't be able to recover it unless you get it from a backup elsewhere.

    cd ~/Desktop
    sudo rm MMV\ und\ MAV.xls
  10. DrSour macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2012
    I tried it, that's the output I get:

    Last login: Mon Sep 3 09:25:12 on ttys000
    Dr-Stephs-Macbook:~ stephsaur$ cd ~/Desktop
    Dr-Stephs-Macbook:Desktop stephsaur$ sudo rm MMV\ und\ MAV.xls

    WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss
    or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your
    typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.

    To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.

    rm: MMV und MAV.xls: No such file or directory
    Dr-Stephs-Macbook:Desktop stephsaur$


    HA! Never mind! I restarted my computer last night and now the file is gone, no wonder it was unable to be found. Still, pretty scary if there is a file sitting on your desktop that can't be erased, opened, or moved around.
  11. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    That filename looks like a temporary filename associated with Excel.

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