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Windows 7: "virus" in $RECYCLE.BIN

11 Jun 2012   #1

XP, 7 32/64bit
"virus" in $RECYCLE.BIN

So, when I do a full/custom scan of my Z:\, or Z:\$RECYCLE.BIN, with MSE, it comes up with a few viruses.. Apparently. Don't really believe it.. But then again, why not?

I've tried to "remove" them with MSE, and it takes a few hours until it says "complete".. But right after, if I do a scan of the directory again, it comes up with the same ones.

How would I go about deleting the hidden OS folder $recycle.bin and zeroing the free space?

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11 Jun 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Scan your machine with ESET OnlineScan
  1. Hold down Control and click on the following link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
    ESET OnlineScan
  2. Click the button.
  3. For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)
    1. Click on to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.
    2. Double click on the icon on your desktop.
  4. Check
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  6. Accept any security warnings from your browser.
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11 Jun 2012   #3

XP, 7 32/64bit

Would I only be able to scan the specific directory with the scan?

What would be the consequences of just deleting $RECYCLE.BIN from outside of windows?
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11 Jun 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I don't believe $Recycle Bin can be remove using normal methods. You can wipe the $Recycle Bin by using CCleaner and it Wipe Free Space. When you remove something from your computer it goes to $Recycle Bin ready to be wrote over. Those things are still on your computer until they are wrote over by you using your computer in a normal fashion. When you wipe the free space you remove contents of $Recycle Bin. I have tried it and it worked for me.
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11 Jun 2012   #5

XP, 7 32/64bit

Well, I have tried ccleaner's drive wiper.. One pass of 0's, as I didn't want to wait very long wiping 600gb.. But the items remained.
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11 Jun 2012   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Did you do what Jacee recommended? Is the $Recycle Bin empty now? Of you 600 gig of HD how much is being used? The reason I ask is 30 min is not much time to wipe free space. Did you let it complete it's wipe?
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11 Jun 2012   #7

XP, 7 32/64bit

I did a custom EST scan for the $recycle.bin.. and I let it go until I saw a few bits that MSE flagged, so I axed it. It didn't come up with anything.

Then I did some googling.. and it seemed to be fine enough to just hit delete on the folder. Did that, then had MSE scan it.. nothing found. Good.

And I did let ccleaner wipe all 600gb. 600/2000 gb free. It took a while, but it was finished. Now I'm just going to zero it again just to be safe. Thanks
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