I am having recurring "styles" folder inside my trash and when I try to delete it, it is showing "the operation cannot be completed because the item "styles" is in use! Is this a virus?

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  • What is the root folder inside trash that all these styles folders are located in? Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 3:44
  • @IronCraftMan it starts with "styles" ....... not sure how it ends ..... downloaded clamxav and scanning now
    – Anoop D
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 4:57

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This answer by Matthieu Riegler suggests the following when dealing with a Trash that won't empty (this does not, however, address WHAT the files are or whether they are malicious):

When you have problems to empty the trash, rm -rf ~/.Trash/* in the terminal does the job for you.

You have to keep in mind that there might be multiple .Trash directories. For example on a USB stick or a external Drive, OSX will create another .Trash at the root of the drive. So you might need to use rm -rf /Volumes/DriveName/.Trash.*

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