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Windows 7: Random empty folder keeps appearing on desktop.


02 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Random empty folder keeps appearing on desktop.

I don't ever keep anything on my desktop except for my recycle bin, so it's very easy to spot when something is wrong. Lately, I've been having a random empty folder appear on my desktop. It has no name with it, and it returns even after I delete it.

However, when I do delete it, it gives me a strange message:
"Are you sure you want to delete these icons from your desktop?
To restore it later, go to control panel."

I click yes, and then it reappears.

In the "My Computer" "Desktop" the folder shows up (without a name underneath it), but when I click on it, it displays ::{0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7} in the bottom area where it usually contains the details about the item.

Any ideas what this is and how to permanently remove it?


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02 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Have you checked for any malware or spyware on your system?
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02 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
Have you checked for any malware or spyware on your system?
Yep, and it's either malware free or as close as it can get. I run full system scans of malwarebytes, Hitman Pro, SuperAntiSpyware, and Avast! on the first of every month. I also have Avast! running 24/7 as my protection.

The only things that have shown up are a few tracking cookies here and there.
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02 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N3WGUY View Post
I don't ever keep anything on my desktop except for my recycle bin, so it's very easy to spot when something is wrong. Lately, I've been having a random empty folder appear on my desktop. It has no name with it, and it returns even after I delete it.

However, when I do delete it, it gives me a strange message:
"Are you sure you want to delete these icons from your desktop?
To restore it later, go to control panel."

I click yes, and then it reappears.

In the "My Computer" "Desktop" the folder shows up (without a name underneath it), but when I click on it, it displays ::{0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7} in the bottom area where it usually contains the details about the item.

Any ideas what this is and how to permanently remove it?
Have you scanned the registry for that entry? I would suggest backing up the registry and deleting the entry afterwards, if it is there.

HTH
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02 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N3WGUY View Post
I don't ever keep anything on my desktop except for my recycle bin, so it's very easy to spot when something is wrong. Lately, I've been having a random empty folder appear on my desktop. It has no name with it, and it returns even after I delete it.

However, when I do delete it, it gives me a strange message:
"Are you sure you want to delete these icons from your desktop?
To restore it later, go to control panel."

I click yes, and then it reappears.

In the "My Computer" "Desktop" the folder shows up (without a name underneath it), but when I click on it, it displays ::{0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7} in the bottom area where it usually contains the details about the item.

Any ideas what this is and how to permanently remove it?
Have you scanned the registry for that entry? I would suggest backing up the registry and deleting the entry afterwards, if it is there.

HTH
I just scanned the registry with CCleaner, and it found no issues.
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02 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Regedit

Try to find a "System Restore" point that pre-dates the problem and use it to restore your system.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N3WGUY View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Have you scanned the registry for that entry? I would suggest backing up the registry and deleting the entry afterwards, if it is there.
HTH
I just scanned the registry with CCleaner, and it found no issues.
I think that Sir George meant:
  • Create a "System Restore" point, or even better, a backup HDD image of your System partition
  • Open "Regedit"
  • Back up the Registry (File > Export)
  • Copy 0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7 into the "Find what:" box (Edit > Find)
  • "Search and Destroy" all occurrences
A backup is crucial as messing with the Registry can "hose" your system.
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03 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Try to find a "System Restore" point that pre-dates the problem and use it to restore your system.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N3WGUY View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Have you scanned the registry for that entry? I would suggest backing up the registry and deleting the entry afterwards, if it is there.
HTH
I just scanned the registry with CCleaner, and it found no issues.
I think that Sir George meant:
  • Create a "System Restore" point, or even better, a backup HDD image of your System partition
  • Open "Regedit"
  • Back up the Registry (File > Export)
  • Copy 0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7 into the "Find what:" box (Edit > Find)
  • "Search and Destroy" all occurrences
A backup is crucial as messing with the Registry can "hose" your system.

I wasn't sure how much detail was needed for the OP, because he had already taken some reasonable septs to attempt correcting the problem. So, I provided a cursory follow up. Thanks for providing more explicit instructions!
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03 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N3WGUY View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N3WGUY View Post
I don't ever keep anything on my desktop except for my recycle bin, so it's very easy to spot when something is wrong. Lately, I've been having a random empty folder appear on my desktop. It has no name with it, and it returns even after I delete it.

However, when I do delete it, it gives me a strange message:
"Are you sure you want to delete these icons from your desktop?
To restore it later, go to control panel."

I click yes, and then it reappears.

In the "My Computer" "Desktop" the folder shows up (without a name underneath it), but when I click on it, it displays ::{0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7} in the bottom area where it usually contains the details about the item.

Any ideas what this is and how to permanently remove it?
Have you scanned the registry for that entry? I would suggest backing up the registry and deleting the entry afterwards, if it is there.

HTH
I just scanned the registry with CCleaner, and it found no issues.
Running CCleaner isn't going to help in locating the entry and deleting it.
See lehnerus2000's post in this thread for more detailed instructions.
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03 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

AFAIK, the CCleaner Registry Cleaner only checks for empty keys or ones that point to non-existent items.
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03 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
I wasn't sure how much detail was needed for the OP, because he had already taken some reasonable septs to attempt correcting the problem. So, I provided a cursory follow up. Thanks for providing more explicit instructions!
I apologize for that. I have an aversion to entering the registry manually since I made a pretty big "whoops" in there once about 10+ years ago (when I was only 13 or 14 years old).

Deleting the registry entries worked perfectly. I think the folders were related to my recent installation and uninstall of Microsoft Office 2013. That's the only thing on my computer that has actually changed in quite a while, so if it wasn't related to that, I have no idea what it came from.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
AFAIK, the CCleaner Registry Cleaner only checks for empty keys or ones that point to non-existent items.
That is correct as far as I know.

And I appreciate all the help guys.

Thank you.
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