apt – dpkg: error: you must specify packages by their own names, not by quoting the names of the files they come in

I’m in need of some help again :-]

I wanted to get my fingerprint sensor working on my HP 470 ProBook. Went through part of the tutorial here: https://balintbanyasz.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/get-validity-vfs-495-fingerprint-reader-working-in-ubuntu-14-04/

I bailed out after converting the RPM to DEB and trying to install it but getting a bunch of warnings. It’s not worth the hassle to get my system mangled. It’s working fine. Apart from that sensor. Well…. was working fine 😀

Running apt remove doesn’t uninstall the package.

sudo dpkg –remove –force-all validity-sensor-setup_4.5-119_amd64.deb

Gives me the error below:

dpkg: error: you must specify packages by their own names, not by quoting the names of the files they come in

What do I do now?

Thanks for you advice!