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The file you want to delete is located in one of these places on the system, if you cant delete it drag it out of the folder and restart the computer after either process.
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Sounds like corruption of the HDD, and yes, I have heard of that before. If you can access the "create new user" button, I would recommend creating a new user and logging in through that before wiping the system, as it may be user profile corruption, which would be a much easier thing to fix! :)
I know how you feel here, I have quite a few VR machines as well. I know you tried looking for the file by name, but did you search by using the maker? It may yield some interesting results.
Did you check /Library/StartupItems? It may be a startup flag calling the daemon, if you can find that flag and kill it, it should stop loading that daemon.
You can try disabling any autologin bookmarks with the following terminal command:
sudo defaults write /var/db/launchd.db/com.apple.launchd.peruser.$UID/overrides.plist com.dayoneapp.dayone-agent '<dict><key>Disabled</key><true/></dict>'
and if those files are hidden I am sure you know how to search in the terminal with 'ls- lasi'? Just to be sure the files are not in the earlier paths I mentioned and hidden.
With luck the restore will work, though if that daemon is still active you could be contending with the god-awful memory leak it has.
If you are very very lucky you have an SSD instead of an HDD in there. If not you can always check the physical integrity using Disk Utility in the Applications/Utilities folder. You can keep this page open, or close and return to it at need, I will be notified when you respond here, and please remember to rate and accept when or if you are sure you no longer need assistance! :)
Yep, you are correct about that bad physical sector, it looks like the parked HDD still managed to tap the platter with the needle. (Tends to happen when it is dropped and parked, thankfully it was not running or the whole platter would be gone) If you can recover using software to recover individual bad sectors (time consuming) for data that is a MUST HAVE I recommend that, if not simply replace the drive, it wont get any better, and investing on high-end software will not make the pin-hole in the platter disappear, hate to say it, but that is end of life for that hard drive platter. Pull what you can from it and run! :)
Most typically wont go that route due to the requirement to match up compatibility with the manufacturers on the drive, it could be a viable option if and only if the platter is not horribly damaged, and the proper software is used. (I think Disk Utility will work for the software part.) In the mac I was under the impression that bad sectors are typically written off automatically (speaking of mapping) and newer drives (since SMART started implementation, have automatic processes for handling and writing off bad sectors already. There really should not be a need to do such a thing, unless of course you are trying to avoid a physical defect in the drive. Writing zeros in most drives forces a write, but it wont help in mapping bad sectors. In all honesty I would replace the drive and image as much data off the old one as possible before that platter suffers any more deterioration (which is a certainty considering the RPMs the drives run at *if not an SSD*.
sudo launchctl bstree -j
This command should show the entire tree for the system, Activity Monitor shows only your processes in the kernel.