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Windows 7: Treacherous Recycle Bin

06 Oct 2014   #1
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Treacherous Recycle Bin

My treacherous Recycle Bin which is full to the throat shows empty! How can I tame it and teach it loyalty?


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06 Oct 2014   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Did you double-click the Recycle Bin icon to see the files in it? Can you delete them from that panel? If not, have you restarted in Safe Mode and done it?
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06 Oct 2014   #3
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Hi, Burton!

Yes, when I open it by double-clicking I see the stuff there and even I can delete them manually, but the item "Empty Recycle Bin" in the context menu is gray (inactive)!

Moreover, the icon, too, shows empty!
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06 Oct 2014   #4
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Is there any way to restore the default full/empty icons?
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06 Oct 2014   #5
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Might try right-clicking the Desktop, click Refresh. Or right-click Desktop, click Personlize then on the left click "Change desktop icons", uncheck all and close then repeat to put the checkmarks back.
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06 Oct 2014   #6
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I've done them all and just tried them again but nothing positive happens! May I explain more why I face this issue?
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06 Oct 2014   #7
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

As you know when one is infected the source of infection remains in the $RecycleBin. On a site which offered its software through its own downloader I got infected. After leaving the internet and restarting my PC I had to fill in my username and password while my PC is not password protected. I was ensured I was infected. I've save my OS (Operating System, Drive C) somewhere and can always restore it through a rescue disk (which equals SAFE MODE but with so many more features). I formated the drive and reinstalled, in fact, the OS and when I left the rescue disk I didn't face that Username/Password unwelcome form at first but after I connected to the internet and left and restarted I was asked for my password again. This happened several times. At last, on the rescue disk, I deleted the Recycle Bins, Recyclers, and System Volume Information folders of all drives and restored my OS and left the rescue disk. Now everything was all right. But after a long while I noticed the recycle bin is empty while it's actually full of junk.

Hope you may now help effectively.

Thanks past measure.
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06 Oct 2014   #8
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I often delete those folders and recyclers and nothing undesired happens, I wonder why the recycle bin goes crazy only when it wishes, not always after restoring the drive OS is on.
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06 Oct 2014   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

If malware is the cause of the issue, you can get better help in the Security Forum here:
System Security - Windows 7 Help Forums

In my experience MBAM and my AV put detected files in a special quarantine folder, not the recycle bin...
I've only had issues some PUPs, and false-positives (FP) ...
Now, I don't even allow for "auto-quarantine" as an FP can render the system unusable/unbootable...
I have it prompt me before taking any action on detected item(s)...

If you are sure you are malware free, try this tutorial by Brink to fix a corrupted Recycle Bin:
Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder
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06 Oct 2014   #10
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Thanks DavidE. Now I've restored a former saved OS and the recycle Bin is all right. Let me go and restore the latest save and follow Brink's sagely instruction to see what happens. Thank you very much for calling my attention to Brink's invaluable tutorial. I'll let you know of what will become of poor me and my corrupted, damned recycle bin afterwards. Thanks so very much.
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