Delete hidden file?

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  • #1162932

    There’s a PDF file showing up in Google that indicates that it’s posted on my blog, but I can’t find it anywhere on my blog. How do I delete it?

    The blog I need help with is plasticbodies.wordpress.com.

    #1163028

    auxclass
    Member

    Look in your Media Library – that has all the files / pictures attachments etc even ones not used in Posts or Pages anymore –

    #1163031

    It’s not there and I never uploaded it to the blog. I need to delete it. When I click the file in Google it just opens the PDF. It says that the file is located at: plasticbodies.files.wordpress.com2013/02/jhp511a875ac5ab2.pdf

    #1163036

    timethief
    Member

    See here first bulk delete images & media http://en.support.wordpress.com/media/deleting-files/#bulk-deletion
    Then here’s how to permanently delete Trash from your uploads folder >
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/trash/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/trash/#deleting-permanently

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Deleting blog content does not remove it from the SERPs (search engine page results). Google and Bing only clear their caches of deleted indexed content that produces a 404 (page not found) every 3 – 6 months.

    #1163037

    auxclass
    Member

    Don’t know – I have flagged this for the staff to look at your blog – they are a bit backed up now with requests however

    #1163041

    Thank you for looking into this further. I could access any trash folder to delete anything (and couldn’t find a trash folder anywhere, actually). I’m absolutely sure I didn’t upload this file to my blog, so it’s associated with the blog somehow without being uploaded by me.

    #1163042

    justpi
    Member

    Well, if your blog is http://plasticbodies.wordpress.com/, the PDF had been uploaded to it; correct URL:
    http://plasticbodies.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/jhp511a875ac5ab2.pdf

    @TT: Images and PDFs are deleted at once: there’s no trash folder for them.

    #1163048

    Justpi: yes, that’s my blog. Thanks for correcting the URL.

    #1163126

    Ok, I think I know what happened. I believe I accidentally uploaded the PDF to my media library, then inserted it mistakenly into a post. However, I never published the post and immediately deleted the PDF from my media library. Now I’m disturbed to find that the PDF is coming up in Google search and it was never even published online.

    This PDF is under copyright and I do not have permission to post it. Please help.

    #1163127

    timethief
    Member

    @justpi
    Thanks for that.

    #1163128

    timethief
    Member

    @plasticbodies

    However, I never published the post and immediately deleted the PDF from my media library.

    Did you permanently delete the post from trash?

    Beyond that we can’t help you. All search engines issues are between you and Google.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/
    http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1269119

    #1163129

    TT: yes, it’s permanently deleted. But I think the bigger issue now is that an unpublished file of mine was made publicly available and continues to be available. So, should I conclude that my media library is not mine, but actually publicly accessible?

    #1163130

    timethief
    Member

    I’ll tag this thread for a Staff response. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting

    #1163131

    @tt Ok, thanks.

    #1163132

    justpi
    Member

    @TT: “Did you permanently delete the post from trash?”
    Deleting a post has nothing to do with the media library.

    @plasticbodies: Deleting a file from your media library doesn’t immediately remove it from WP’s servers. You’ll have to wait.

    #1163133

    timethief
    Member

    @justpi
    1. Images and PDFs are deleted at once: there’s no trash folder for them.
    2. Deleting a file from your media library doesn’t immediately remove it from WP’s servers. You’ll have to wait.
    How long does one have to wait?

    #1163134

    @justpi
    It’s good to know that it will disappear eventually, but still disturbing that the file has effectively been published without my consent.

    #1163135

    timethief
    Member

    still disturbing that the file has effectively been published without my consent.

    Agreed.

    #1163136

    timethief
    Member

    Well technically it wasn’t “published”. It was indexed prior to publication and that’s what I found weird because you said you did not publish the post.

    #1163137

    @tt. Yes, that’s what seems to have happened. Exactly.

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