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Windows 7: Virus reported in $recycle.bin folder

07 Jun 2010   #1
buggaby

Windows 7
 
 
Virus reported in $recycle.bin folder

I just scanned my computer and was told I have a virus in the "\$recycle.bin" folder. When I try to delete the file within the anti-virus software, it says that the file cannot be found. When I scan that folder it says there is more than 350mB in it, but when I navigate there directly, nothing appears.

I have the folder options selected so I can see hidden folders.
I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium.
My anti-virus program is the free edition of avast.
The reported virus is "WMA:Wimad [Drp]" (but there aren't any music files at that location).
The reported file is an avi file, but with a seemingly random name of letters, numbers, and symbols.

What is this folder and is it a real virus threat?


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07 Jun 2010   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Hi there, scan your computer using Hitman Pro. If there's a virus, it must find it.
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08 Jun 2010   #3
buggaby

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, so I scanned it with hitman pro and there were no hits. I watched as it scanned, and it doesn't seem to have tested much on my D drive, which is where my $recycle.bin folder resides. What does this mean about that "virus" found by Avast? And what the heck is the $recycle.bin folder?
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08 Jun 2010   #4
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by buggaby View Post
Ok, so I scanned it with hitman pro and there were no hits. I watched as it scanned, and it doesn't seem to have tested much on my D drive, which is where my $recycle.bin folder resides. What does this mean about that "virus" found by Avast? And what the heck is the $recycle.bin folder?
Well, hitman pro scans only the c drive for active malware.
Try scanning with malware bytes anti malware and do a full scan of D drive.
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08 Jun 2010   #5
buggaby

Windows 7
 
 

No hits with malwarebytes. I guess that means it's clean, right? So, what is that folder Avast keeps referencing? I can't even find what it's used for. I'm pretty confident that there is no problem, but now I'm just curious. If anyone knows, I would be happy to hear. Otherwise, I'll just be confident that my computer is virus free... for now :)
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08 Jun 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Buggaby,

You might see if doing the tutorial below to delete the $RECYCLE.BIN folder on each hard drive to reset it may be able to help get rid of this.

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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08 Jun 2010   #7
Adrian

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by buggaby View Post
I just scanned my computer and was told I have a virus in the "\$recycle.bin" folder. When I try to delete the file within the anti-virus software, it says that the file cannot be found. When I scan that folder it says there is more than 350mB in it, but when I navigate there directly, nothing appears.

I have the folder options selected so I can see hidden folders.
I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium.
My anti-virus program is the free edition of avast.
The reported virus is "WMA:Wimad [Drp]" (but there aren't any music files at that location).
The reported file is an avi file, but with a seemingly random name of letters, numbers, and symbols.

What is this folder and is it a real virus threat?
Welcome to Windows 7 SUpport.
Are you able to describe the issue? When/What/How?
Are you seeing any performance issues?
It is possible Avast is reporting a false positive.
I will further research.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by buggaby View Post
No hits with malwarebytes. I guess that means it's clean, right? So, what is that folder Avast keeps referencing? I can't even find what it's used for. I'm pretty confident that there is no problem, but now I'm just curious. If anyone knows, I would be happy to hear. Otherwise, I'll just be confident that my computer is virus free... for now :)
Good morning, please review the contents of the following link from the AVAST FORUM: WMA Wimad[Drp]



Follow this link to remove the virus: WMA:Wimad[Drp] : Virus Solution and Removal

Here is also a link for Malaware bytes, a gratis malware scanner that has shown good results: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes

Adrian
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