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Windows 7: Prevent phantom folders from coming back

26 May 2016   #1
genetics73

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Prevent phantom folders from coming back

Some time ago, I emptied and deleted several folders; but like zombies, they come back. I can delete them, but they return, time and time again. How do I get rid of those folders, permanently? The attached screenshot shows the list, the light blue names indicating the empty folders.




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26 May 2016   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Where do the folders reside?
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27 May 2016   #3
genetics73

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Where do the folders reside?
The folders shown in the screenshot reside on an external USB hard drive.
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27 May 2016   #4
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Something is re-creating those folders. The only way to stop them reappearing is to figure out what's creating them.
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27 May 2016   #5
genetics73

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphaniner View Post
Something is re-creating those folders. The only way to stop them reappearing is to figure out what's creating them.
LOL.
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27 May 2016   #6
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Y u laf?
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29 May 2016   #7
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Probably because that's why he asked the question in the first place

Can you connect the external drive to a different system and try deleting them, see what happens?
Or try booting to Safe Mode and delete them, see how that works.
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29 May 2016   #8
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Yeah, I was being snarky, because he's making no effort to help us help him; it seems like he's hoping someone will just stumble upon the thread already knowing the answer.
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30 May 2016   #9
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Alphaniner, you have to admit your first reply IS funny!

Regards,
GEWB
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30 May 2016   #10
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Process Monitor should be able to tell you exactly what app creates those folders.

If you can tell us a bit more about when they show up, I might be able to tell you how best to use Process Monitor to hunt down the offending app(s). (e.g. Do they show up immediately after a reboot? Or do they show up hours after a reboot?)

If you need to run Process Monitor for a long time, then change the settings within Process Monitor so that it uses Backing files.

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If Process Monitor cannot find the culprit, then an AutoIt script can keep an eye out for the creation of those folders and notify you exactly when they appear. Maybe then, you can figure out what app you started.


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