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Windows 7: Why am I seeing shortcuts to files in recycle bin that I didnt do?

19 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Why am I seeing shortcuts to files in recycle bin that I didnt do?

I have been finding shortcuts to various files in my recycle bin even though I didn't create or delete said shortcuts?

I recently upgraded to an SSD so this is a new install, but I did notice the same occurrences on old install.

Should I be concerned?

Thank you in advance for any help or solutions.

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19 Jun 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

What are the names of the shortcuts or files?
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19 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium


Please download WinRAR:
WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files
Select the 32-bit or 64-bit version that applies to your system.
Save to the Desktop.
(This download is a trial version of the WinRAR archiver for use during a test period of 40 days.)

Double-click the downloaded program to install...
At the WinRAR Setup, click: OK
On the last prompt, feel free to check any of the tabs, and, when finished, press: Done
Close out of WinRAR setup.

Go to Start > All Programs, and look for the WinRAR folder
Open the folder, and double-click the WinRAR icon.

When the WinRAR console opens, navigate to the Recycle Bin by using the down arrow on the far right of the path area.
All the files should show in WinRAR.

Can you use the Snipping tool to post an image of what is showing:

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista and Windows 7

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums
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19 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

It may also be worthwhile that you do it (explore with WinRAR) on all your external drives, HDDs as well as pen drives and put out the screenshots.
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20 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

Sometimes its shortcuts of existing files on my various HDD's but other times its a WLMtemp folder or something similar to that. It is very unpredictable and inconsistent, sorry I can't give any other info on the matter, will post image next time it happens.
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20 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium

In any event, please Download RogueKiller (Official website)
Select the x64 (64-bit) version.
Click the applicable button to download.
Save to the Desktop.

Close all windows and browsers.
Right-click and select: Run as Administrator

At the program console, wait for the prescan to finish. (Under Status, it says: Prescan finished.)
Press: SCAN

When done, a report opens on the Desktop: RKreport.txt

Please provide the RKreport.txt (Mode: Scan) in your reply.
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