Unable to remove the temp file: msdtadmin, that was detected as virus in McAfee quick clean scan

Orginal title: msdtadmin

Using McAfee to quick clean I found that all files except msdtadmin could t be removed.  Why is ths and how do I get rid of it?  What is it? I am using Windows 7 32 bit OS.



Where is the location of the file: msdtadmin?


Viruses may spoof as Windows files/folders and may affect the computer.

I would suggest you to try the following methods and check if it helps.

Method 1:

Run Microsoft Safety scanner and check if there are any threats found.

Microsoft Safety Scanner: http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. During this 10 days, it will remove all the virus infected files and folders. I suggest you to create a backup of your data and then Install Microsoft Safety Scanner.


Method 2:

Try the following steps to take ownership of the msdtadmin, and then try to remove the file and check if it helps.

Follow the steps to take ownership of the file/folder:

  1. Open Windows Explorer, and then locate the file or folder you want to take ownership of.
  2. Right-click the file or folder, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
  3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  4. Click Edit, and then do one of the following:
    • To change the owner to a user or group that is not listed, click Other users and groups and, in Enter the object name to select (examples), type the name of the user or group, and then click OK.
    • To change the owner to a user or group that is listed, in the Change owner to box, click the new owner.
  5. (Optional) To change the owner of all subcontainers and objects within the tree, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

For further reference, check this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753659.aspx


Method 3:

Try to remove the file from Safe mode and check if it helps.

Boot to safe mode in Windows 7:



Hope the information is helpful.

Basith M
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