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Q: Delete old recycle bin items

I installed Windows 7 on my PC. I did a fresh install, but besides the system disk, I have a few other hard drives installed, as well as some external USB hard drives.

By revealing the system files (on the windows explorer settings), I'm able to see the folder that is used to manage the recycle bin items on each partition ($RECYCLE.BIN). So far so good, but the problem is that within that folder there are two sub-folders with files.

One of those sub-folders is related to the W7 recycle bin and the other folder (who's content was acessible only after changing its permissions) has a considerable size (about 7GB of stuff that was deleted within the previous installed operating system - Vista).

If I try to access the content of that sub-folder that belonged to Vista, I'm redirected to the actual recycle bin. Nonetheless, if I try to access it on the command line, I can see the original files (with their filenames changed to shorter ones).

My question is: what is the easiest and most secure way to delete the old recycle bin content? Emptying the recycle bin doesn't work, because W7 ignores the old content (that is stored on the older sub-folder). I come up with one of two procedures: delete those files on the command line or delete the old sub-folder on Windows Explorer.

Any suggestions?

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A: Delete old recycle bin items

Quote: Originally Posted by nfh

I installed Windows 7 on my PC. I did a fresh install, but besides the system disk, I have a few other hard drives installed, as well as some external USB hard drives.

By revealing the system files (on the windows explorer settings), I'm able to see the folder that is used to manage the recycle bin items on each partition ($RECYCLE.BIN). So far so good, but the problem is that within that folder there are two sub-folders with files.

One of those sub-folders is related to the W7 recycle bin and the other folder (who's content was acessible only after changing its permissions) has a considerable size (about 7GB of stuff that was deleted within the previous installed operating system - Vista).

If I try to access the content of that sub-folder that belonged to Vista, I'm redirected to the actual recycle bin. Nonetheless, if I try to access it on the command line, I can see the original files (with their filenames changed to shorter ones).

My question is: what is the easiest and most secure way to delete the old recycle bin content? Emptying the recycle bin doesn't work, because W7 ignores the old content (that is stored on the older sub-folder). I come up with one of two procedures: delete those files on the command line or delete the old sub-folder on Windows Explorer.

Any suggestions?

If you are absolutely certain there's nothing in there you're going to want just trash the entire recycle bin using SHIFT+DEL... Windows will re-create it when needed.

But you should also right click your current recycle bin and set the bin sizes down a bit, 7gigs is a lot of garbage!

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I want that items which I delete will NOT move to the Recycle Bin.
I chose the option: "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.", but the files I delete still move to the Recycle Bin.
What to do?
I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64.


A:Recycle Bin doesn't delete items pemenantly

Whether it is Windows7 or Windows XP, we are having an option to delete the item directly without sending it to recyclebin.

click on folder -> shift+delete keys -> Yes -> Directly deleted.


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Hi all...I am a brand new member and I have tried to look up all of the other threads on this site regarding how to delete unwanted context items that show up when right clicking the Recycle bin. I don't know how these items got there but I am nearly always clicking on them instead of emptying the recycle bin option.
I am using the Windows 7 Home addition and cannot use the tools available on Win 7 Pro. Is there any way I can do this? pretty frustrated at this point, but will not give up Windows 7 which I love. Please help if you can...Dan

A:How do I delete unwanted context menu items in the Recycle Bin

Hello Danspedale, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to add "Empty Recycle Bin" to your desktop context menu to use instead.

Empty Recycle Bin - Add to Desktop Context Menu

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Good afternoon,
Hopefully someone has experienced this and can offer advice.

A user is deleting files, but they are not appearing in the recycle bin

- user is deleting from her computer, and not a network location, or flash drive
- computer is not partitioned - only has a "C" drive
- computer is W7 32-bit
- user is not a local admin
- Use has 6 different recycle bins (right-click on RB desktop icon > properties > recycle bin location); some of the locations are "My Pictures", "My Videos" etc.... We are not able to manage the size of
these locations.
- all of the RB locations are set to "Custom Size"
- have tried:
a. deleting everything out of the RB
b. (running as admin) RD /S /Q C:\$Recycle.bin
c. set to view hidden & system files/folders, gone to "C" and deleted the $RECYCLE.BIN folder. clicked yest at all the prompts, including: Do this for all current items

** after both b & c, rebooted the computer

So far, nothing has worked. Might anyone have any other suggestions?


A:Recycle Bin: deleted items not appearing in recycle bin

Hi jkotsonas, welcome to seven forums.

Not sure if this is your issue, but with different users, each will have his/her own recycle bin and as such, items from one user won't show in another user's bin.

Is this the issue?

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The recycle bin does not show any deleted items--the space under name, location, date deleted, etc is entirely blank. When I right click and go to empty recycle bin, it confirms that there *are* files to be deleted. Any ideas? Thanks

A:can't see any items in xp recycle bin

Make up a "dummy" file and delete it to the recycle bin. Then go and empty the recycle bin. See if that straightens it out.


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Hi, I've been backing up data on my computer only to open up recycle bin the other day and find most of the files missing. I was very confused. Then i realised i had recently deleted 2 or 3 large files in size of 2 or more gb and that the recycle bins capacity is 4gb Has recycle bin deleted my older items because there wasn't enough space? I need to find or restore the old files. Im guessing the recycle bin dir in c: has now been modified showing the current status. Can i recover any older recycle bin dir or any files which list the files that were in recycle bin before is was modified and deleted old files? I have tried free undelete programs but they all only show the current recycle bin contents, i need to find the old contents. I also mucked around with some security settings of recycle bin and corrupted it. I had to empty it. Does this mean a new recycle bin file has been made? How can i restore the old contents.


A:Lost recycle bin items

Things shouldn't go in the trash unless you want to get rid of them. Chances are that the files have been partially or totally overwritten and unrecoverable. Any chance at recovery was lost when you kept using the machine. When files are lost, you should shut down immediately so they won't get overwritten and then move the drive to another machine for recovery.

If the recovery apps can't find anything, they are probably gone for good.

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I running windows xp pro.

When I open my recycle bin anything I've deleted shows up for about a second and then disappears from the window. This happens when I open the recycle bin or use explore.

Even though you can't see any items if you go to empty recycle bin, it asks if I sure that I want to delete the X number of items. So the items are there except I can't see them. This would cause a problem if I need to restore.

Any suggestions, thanks

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Hi I have XP and my recycle bin items don't show. I redid the whole registry due to a computer virus. Now the thing still doesn't show! I thought it may have just been a corrupt file. I noticed a link someone suggested to someone else.....


But it didn't work for me.
The recycle bin hid items also upon removing Norton, so that's not the problem. I did remove manually the user info so I didn't have to log in with a password everytime I start my computer but don't think that's it. It seems like Windows has a lot of problems for people who want to see recycle bin items.

A:Recycle Bin Items Don't Show

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Weird problem... I have some items that just can't be removed from my recycle bin. I always get a pop saying that cannot delete because it's being used by another program. Even when there's no programs running (except for the ones in the background).

Now I have an idea of why this is happening but i need some more assistance to finally ridding the problem. The problem only happens when i delete a file that's on my external hard drive. Also... i should add... that this problem only happens to files that i delete from the OPEN or SAVE AS windows rather than deleting from the file folder itself. For example if I were to go to a folder in my external hard drive and delete a file that way it's not a problem to empty it from the recycle bin... but if I was saving a file or opening a file from an app and I delete it from that dialog box those are the files that just can't seem to be remove from the recycle bin.

I know it's due to my external drive because when I turned it off the files are not in the recycle bin anymore. Now i tried using the Task Manager to turn off all processes dealing with my external hard drive but I still can't remove those files from the recycle bin; unless there are other files that i need to stop the process of.

Any suggestions? Oh yeah... I have a Maxtor 200GB external hard drive (if that is any help).

A:Can't remove some items from my recycle bin

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I deleted something and could not find it in the recycle bin, and it shows 3 items in there, but when I empty the recycle bin, it said 6 item deleted. So I guess my recycle bin is not displaying all the item?

Wondering anybody have had similar problem?

Thanks in advance for any fix!


A:recycle bin not showing all items

Hello Aine,

It sounds like your Recycle Bin is not refreshing properly. If so, then this should be able to help fix it.

Recycle Bin

Hope this helps,

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When I delete an item, it does not say (do you want to put it in the recycle bin) it says ( are you sure you want to delete this item. ) and if I change my mind and want it back it is not in the recycle bin. nothing goes in there. where does it go?.. I never have to empty it. I don't like that. can some one help me fix the problem. I am not sure even when it started doing that.

A:Deleted items not going in recycle bin

Right click the 'Recycle Bin' on your Desktop. Click Properties. Is 'Do not move files to the recycle bin', checked? Is 'Display delete confirmation dialog', unchecked?

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i noticed when i open the recycle bin my items in there dissapear but when you click empty recycle bin it deletes so many items.Could someone tell me where to go to change this setting
Os is xp pro

A:Items dissapear in recycle bin

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Am I correct that deleted "Recycle Bin" files still remain unseen on the hard drive? If so, is there any way of removing the deleted "Recycle Bin" items without affecting anything else on the HDD?

My original and now #2 computer has a very small HDD (15 GB). I have cleaned out everthing but the OS and installed programs. I would like to remove the one GB of "My Docs" files I put into the "Recycle Bin" and then further deleted from there, if indeed they are still resident on the HDD. My intent is to hopefully increase performance of that machine, which also has a very slow processor and only 190 MB RAM. Right now the OS and programs occupy one-half of the HDD. I am running "XP Home" on that computer.

I will only use C #2 for reaching the Internet should my #1 computer "go down." (I would be lost without that daily exercise!) C #1 is fully backed up weekly to an external HDD.

Thanks for your patience with me. {redoak}

A:Do deleted Recycle Bin items take HDD space?

When you put something in the "recycle bin" all windows does is hide the item from you and only allow you to see it via the waste bin. So it still counts towards how much space is being used on the hard drive. Once you delete items from the recycle bin they are no longer counted as used space on the hard drive. They are still there and sometimes recoverable but now the space is marked for Windows to reuse when it needs it.

Deleting items in the recycle bin should not effect anything else on your HDD.

If you want to delete something without it going in the recycle bin highlight the item and then hold down the shift key while pressing delete. Check the recycle bin and you won't see it. Beware that you can't recover an item if you do this.

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Windows 7-SP1

This is only happening on my internal data drive ( E: ), system drive ( C: ) and external drives ( F:, G & H: ) are OK.

If I delete up to 6 items in a single operation (folders, files or a mixture) the items show up in the recycle bin. But if its 36 then 30 items will not be in the recycle bin, and the 6 that are there are not the first or last 6. If its 80 items then 74 wont be in the recycle.bin etc, etc, If I delete 200 items in a single operation from the C: drive then all 200 will be in the recycle bin.

Weird. I tried creating a fresh $recycle.bin on E: (by removing it), that didn't fix it.

This drive also contains E:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-117609710-2025429265-682003330-1004 which I believe is the recycle bin contents. If I remove this directory will windows create a fresh one?

I ran chckdsk on the drive in mid-May no errors reported and SMART say its healthy, anyway its not a hardware issue.


A:Not all Deleted items show up in Recycle Bin

As a quick experiment you could use sike command line utility to send files to the recycle bin and see if it acts any differently. The program is free. No nags, tracking or advertisements etc. on my site.

Edit: If you run sike in a command prompt with no params it shpws a usage dialog.

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I have just bought a new pc with Vista Home Premium x64. Problem is that the recycle bin won't show deleted items. The bin just looks empty. If I click on empty recycle bin it prompts me if I want to delete these 16 (or whatever number) items, so they must be there but will not display. I have tried displaying hidden files and checked in recycle bin properties that files are not deleted rather than placed in the bin to no avail. If I click restore items nothing happens. Can anyone suggest something please? Thanks

A:Deleted items do not show in recycle bin

Hello willcocks,

You should be able to fix that using this tutorial

Recycle Bin

Hope it helps


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When I delete files or shortcuts, they go to my Recycle Bin. The Recycle bin has an icon indicating there are items in it. When I click on the Recycle bin and open it, the deleted files show up for a second or two then disappear. So at this point I'm unable to select and restore deleted files. They are still in the recycle bin, since if I right click on the recycle bin it asks me do you want to delete # items.

I've checked the Recycle Bin properties, and it doesn't have the delete files immediately option selected. My folders properties are set to show all files and file extensions.

Any ideas?

A:Recycle Bin not displaying deleted items

Here are the instructions from the site that issues this patch:
To use the file: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.

The website claims that this file will replace and\or repair the registry values for your recycle bin. The Firefox browser will not work when downloading the recycle bin patch. You will have to use Internet Explorer browser.

This patch is only for Windows XP.

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Help please.....I restored 1000 files from the recycle bin. They are no where to be found. Happened 20 min ago. The folder that they were originally on, on the desktop, was deleted - so they were restored to a location that is no longer there. Where do I find them?

A:Lost restore recycle bin items

Did you restore the folder that files were in too? If not and it is still in the Recycle Bin, then restore that too. Or Go to Search and type in the name of one of the files, and see if it finds it.

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I have the same problem experienced by dnicke2001 - when I delete files they do not appear in the Recycle Bin. I have followed the instructions given him/her by greyknight17 without any success. I have run a scan in HighJackThis with this result. What do you suggest?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:41:52 PM, on 5/7/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\ShareDLL\CtNotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Picasa\PicasaMediaDetector.exe
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A:Deleted Items do not apppear in Recycle Bin

Well...your log is clean. Did you ever have Norton Antivirus on this PC?

Ok..lets try this...

Download KillBox http://www.atribune.org/downloads/KillBox.exe

Open Killbox and Copy & Paste the path to the Desktop.ini for recycle bin.

Click Red X to delete it or Simply Browse to the Directory under C:(root) called RECYCLER

In killbox you may also see in blue the term Directory
Click the Red X to delete it.

Reboot and see if that works. Windows will recreate that file on reboot. If this doesn't work...then it's likely the INFO file may be damaged. Read here on how to fix that...


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Just a curiosity/paranoia question, that I have no doubt someone (brink?) knows the answer to.

I am aware when you move an item to the recycle bin and delete it, you are not actually removing the data written to your drive, simply removing the location from the index. So, my question is kinda twofold:

When moving a file to the recycle bin, does windows actually write a second copy of the data in another location, ie, the recycle bin, or does it simply change the location of the item in the index, from it's original location, to the recycle bin.

Secondly, assuming that there is no second location written, the index location has simply changed, when securely deleting the recycle bin, with an app such as eraser or ccleaner, is the data actually overwritten in it's original location, or, because it was "recycled" before it was deleted, is it still in tact in it's original location?

Paranoia I'm sure, but curious none the less. . .

Thanks for all your geniuses!

A:Securely deleting items from recycle bin

If you use Ccleaner go to lower left and check wipe free space and run a scan. It will clean $Recycle Bin. It will take a while.

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I have a client whose child has deleted his important business files - no back ups
Then, they emptied the recycling bin...
I have tried recuvva, then removed the Hardisk and via Easeus, commercial Stellar data recovery, 7 data recovery and wonder share amongst others - none seem to find the deleted documents....
Ive also tried deleting a test file on my 8.1 machine and nothing finds that either.
Has anyone ever had success in recovering deleted items from win 8.1 recycle bin, if so, what software? Or is it a feature that they are gone forever once deleted due to improved security?
Ive spent hours on this!
Many, many thanks!

A:Can't recover items deleted from recycle bin

Hi HammerJeff Unfortunately, there's never a guaranteed way to recover a file that you deleted. When you delete a file, you have to be sure that you'll never need it back, because the chances of getting it back are really slim. Free data recovery software can only do so much, and none of them even guarantee that they'll recover anything and if they do, it won't be 100% of what was deleted. The same goes for paid software. If that client had important business files that are critical for his job, one solution could be to go to a data forensics company and get them to retrieve the deleted files from the drive. Assuming that no other major read/write operation has been done on the drive that could have completely ereased the trace of these files, they may be able to recover them. However, these kind of services are quite expansive so I hope for your client that if he pays for them, it's worth it.On a side note, the free software I use for data recovery are Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery and GetDataBackNTFS (there's a portable version made from the paid version). If these fails, I usually tell the person that there's nothing more I can do.Good luck with that client and the case.

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I have gone thru several threads regarding people putting items in the Recycle Bin only to have them not be visible when they open the RB (both in Windows XP and ME). Several of them stated the RB indicated a number of items when they click on "empty", but none of the items are showing. I have seen several answers regarding this - but one, which worked for this "dummy" was to remove the check on the recycle bin box in my Window Washer Program. Some of you may also have a cleaning program which is causing this? Took me quite a while to determine this was my problem. Always ready to share my computer ignorance with others. At least now I can get back my mistakes thrown in the RB. lol!

A:Solved: Recycle Bin Items Not Showing

Unknown third party utilities add by a user can throw anyone. Thanks for sharing the tip.

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about 4 months ago, but about every 2 weeks these same items appear in the recycle bin again and I have to delite them again????

I have delited other items from the bin and they do not come back, it's just these 15 items come back to haunt me!!!!




A:This is wierd, I deleted 15 items from recycle bin....

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My phone was set up for Google Drive for 30 days. It apparently sent to my recycle bin on laptop after the 30 days. I didn't recognize what was in the recycle bin and hit empty. I now know they were all the pictures from my phone. Can someone help me retrieve them? Thanks in advance.

A:How to I restore deleted items in recycle bin windows 10?

If they were in the Recycle bin and you emptied it, then I would say that you can Kiss them Good by.

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when I put my external hard disk into my computer then some items are placed in the recycle bin.

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I have two questions:

1. I have created an executable that extracts archive files. I would like to create a context menu item to extract files with this exe. I do not want an 'open with' entry, what I would like would be a context menu item 'Extract' on archived file types (.zip, .tar, etc.) that opens the file with my executable. Is this possible and how should I proceed?

2. Is there a way (3rd party is OK, but I would prefer not to keep an extra application running all the time) to automatically delete items when they have been in the recycle bin for n days? I have seen some batch files that do this, but they seem to be based on date modified, not the date I put the files into the Bin. I also have googled for this and found some utilities that would do it, but most are bloated and add all sorts of features to the recycle bin I do not want to have. What would be a lightweight and efficient way to automatically do this?
Thank you very much for you time, any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Context menu items and Recycle bin deletion

For question #1 try this:

Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell

Right-click on “shell” and choose to create a new key, naming it Extract.

Double click on the Default value in the right hand pane and enter the path to your executable. Be sure to enclose the path in quotation marks - "C:\Program Files\...".

You may have to leave a space at the end of the path and type "%1":

"C:\Program Files\...\..." "%1"

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I've been running Vista Ultimate a year and two months (one of the really early adopters) and have had problems but also seen corrections. For the most part I feel it is fairly stable.

I am having a problem I hope somebody can help me with. My recycle bin doesn't show that it has items to delete. It just shows an empty basket. When I go and check I see things in there so I delete them.

I have deleted the recycle (intentionally) and the went to Personalize on the desktop and chose to set all the defaults. It works for awhile and then it just goes back to showing as though there is nothing in it.

Has anyone else had this problem (I can't be that unique!) and found a way to correct it. Please post and let me know.

Thanks for all your help!

A:[SOLVED] Vista Recycle Bin not showing deleted items!

Maybe this will help:

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I had removed recycle bin from my desktop a couple of months ago. When i accidentally deleted some data, I went back to Personalization--> Change Desktop Icon and checked the Recycle Bin box. It didnt appear on the desktop. I checked all other boxes (computer, network etc.) but none of it appeared on the desktop. What do i do?

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For God sake ... is Microsoft going to do anything about this problem? It's been so many months now!! 

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I am using Windows 7 with IE8. How it hsppened: I have been looking to buy a car and a guy emailed me and I thought it was a scam and then IO found the listing on eBay. On the auction page there was a tab that said "report item" I clicked it and it went to what looked to be an eBay chat, never used it beofre so I didnt know what one would look like, it looked pretty good. Person came on and asked what my problem was and I gave the auction number and the so called eBay person stated eBay backed the auction with their 50,000.00 guarantee and the user had been on since 2002 and kept on and on and offered to help me buy the car. It did have a 100% feedback 106 purchases. Ok so I called out after I figured the whoel thing was BS and he started rambling all kinds of weird stuff and then my computer acts weird. I figured he must of loaded something to me. So that is what happened. I know the guy pulled the ad and deleted the profile. I guess he won though.What the computer is doing: all my files are stating they are empty, nothing except solitare is working, the desktop is empty except the recycle bin. If I try to run Malwarebytes from the desktop I get an error. The error states "An error has ocurred. Please report this error code to our support team. PROGRAM_ERROR_UPDATING(12007,0,WinHttpSendRequest). I went to "Am I infected" and was directed the run "Window Recovery 7" I ran the rkill and it stated it stopped "InfDefaultInstall.exe".... Read more

A:All files show empty, no items on desk top except recycle bin, only solitare usable, cant run any program

Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
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If you send something to the recycle bin, is it the same as deleting it only you can bring it back if you have to. Am curious about this cause would like to delete a few items but not sure if safe or not.

A:Delete/recycle bin

jdemnyan1116 said:

If you send something to the recycle bin, is it the same as deleting it only you can bring it back if you have to. Am curious about this cause would like to delete a few items but not sure if safe or not.Click to expand...

Your assumption is correct. You can restore from trash if you choose as long as you haven't emptied the trash can.
To make yourself feel better why not create a file in notepad, save it, delete it and then do a restore from trash?

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Hello all- 1st post here. I registered because recently, my computer has been running much, much slower than normal. The slowness is evident both when I use FireFox and when I am working with files on my hard drive. My recycle bin has 173 items in it that won't delete. I've selected "Empty Recycle Bin" countless of times now, yet they still remain. I've run Norton about a million times and even downloaded some other AV programs like Advanced System Protection- all of them say my computer is free of viruses, spyware, malware, etc. I'm running a laptop with Windows 7, 64-bit OS, with 6 GB of RAM. My task manager averages 80 processes at idle and 28% physical memory use, with 3% CPU use. The bloatware I have on this system is called VAIO Care (it's a Vaio laptop), and I've also run system scan through it, trying to detect and correct registry errors (which it supposedly did). I also eliminated some programs from automatic startup, but the slowness still remains. FireFox "hangs" and the message [Not Responding] appears in the window head for a moment. The same happens with other programs. After "hanging" for a bit, they continue working normally, only to hang a moment later again. It's like the entire computer is working a rough/smooth cycle: it runs smoothly for a while, then roughly, then smoothly, etc. I'm not sure if this is enough info for anyone to help me, but I'd appreciate whatever I can get. Thanks!

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Is it safe to delete all files in the $Recycle.Bin folder?


A:Delete everything in $Recycle.Bin

The recycle bin should be emptied from time to time. But that is your last chance to make sure you do not need those files any more. Else you can always restore them at this time. But once the recycle bin is emptied, they are gone.

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I am having a problem where my recycle bin is not deleting files and giving me the free memory back in Windows XP SP3. When I delete a file, I go to empty the recycle bin and it "works" in the sense that I get no error message and the bin is empty when I open it. But the icon still says it is full and I have not been given back the memory on the drive the file was on. I can right click and try to empty it again, but I get a message along the lines of "Cannot delete Di2: Access is denied." I've also seen things like Dd1. First of all, Di2 was not the name of the original file, and it's definitely not in use so there should be no conflict. This started happening with my mp3 player (which I also use as a small portable HDD), but now it is also happening with my real HDD.

I tried a solution I found for when your recycle bin becomes supposedly "corrupted," where you open a DOS prompt and type "attrib -s -h recycled" and then "del recycled". For one drive, I had to use "recycled" and on the other I had to use "recycler," - I have no idea why they were different. Anyway, this is supposed to delete a hidden folder I guess where recycled files go before they are emptied from the bin. This did work in emptying the bin and giving me my memory back, but the problem happens again when I delete another file. The bin also seems to fix itself after I do a reboot. Does anyone know what is going on? People have re... Read more

A:My Recycle Bin will not delete files

The Recycle Bin has nothing to do with memory and you will have the same amount no matter how much is in the bin. If you are low on disk space, you should get a larger drive if that little bit is a problem.

Have you run chkdsk /f on that drive to check for disk errors? Have you run anti-malware and anti-virus scans lately?

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I recently downloaded and installed Windows Service pack 1 from the windows update site. Well almost immediately to computer was trying use ungodly amounts of physical memory. To make a long story short, I had to restore the system to before the windows update. Now I notice my recycle bin has files to be emptied but there is nothing in there. When I go to empty the recycle bin, a message pops up asking me “are you sure you want to delete ‘windows’. Has anyone ever seen this?

A:Recycle bin asking to delete windows


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I was going to backup by drive when I saw that I have files in the recycle bin(I usually use shift+delete when I want to delete something and I use the recycle bin as a temporary folder from which I'll restore the files later).
So I check the files and I saw that I don't need any of then I used the "Empty Recycle Bin" function.
It delete everything from the folder or that's what I though....when I scan which files will be copied to the external drive,I saw that I still have files in the recycle bin.

I then enable the hidden and system hidden files and browse to the directory
but there was nothing inside.

When I open the same location with 7zip,I saw the files inside.
I can delete them from 7zip but why windows don't show them nor "Empty Recycle Bin" delete them?

A:Empty Recycle Bin don't delete all

Hello vsub,

It may be a corrupted Recycle Bin. You might see if doing the tutorial below for each drive that has a $RECYCLE.BIN may help.

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder

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i had sent a file that i didnt need anymore to the recycle bin and this message pops up that says "Are you sure you want to delete 'WINDOWS'?". i clicked yes and then this message popped up
"Cannot Delete DC1:Access is denied.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."

what should i do?

A:recycle bin wont delete

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I have several folders in my recycle bin that won't delete. How can I delete them?
Thanks, Debbie

A:folders in recycle bin won't delete

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On a Windows 7 client, an application requires that any user must be able to manually delete a particular subfolder from ProgramData.  The user can successfully ?right-click delete? the folder as long as the related application is not running (which
sends the folder to Recycle bin).  But if the app is running, they can only successfully delete the folder via ?shift+delete?.  I am trying to figure out what ProgramData file is in use while the app is running that would prevent moving the folder
to Recycle Bin, but would allow a permanent delete.



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Anyone know if there is a way (or a utiltity) to delete from the Recycle Bin by date?

My issue is that when I need to go in there to restore something there are thousands of files, the UI is so slow that it's nearly unusable. In reality if I could say delete everything over 2 weeks old this wouldn't happen. It's not a space issue, I already have it set to 1%, there are just lots and lots of files clogging it up.

A:Delete from Recycle Bin by date?

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after a clean installation of windows 7 Ultimate 32bit , there is an icon named - File folder - and pointed with mouse shows the path C:Users\User\Favorites\ . I have tried many times to delete it but nothing . I tried to delete it using the command prompt with the same result . Any help ?
*** the message I get : the file you specified is not valid or too long

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A:can't delete an icon in Recycle Bin

Quote: Originally Posted by babis1949

after a clean installation of windows 7 Ultimate 32bit , there is an icon named - File folder - and pointed with mouse shows the path C:Users\User\Favorites\ . I have tried many times to delete it but nothing . I tried to delete it using the command prompt with the same result . Any help ?
*** the message I get : the file you specified is not valid or too long

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Happy Newyear, and use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

Use the FileAssassin option on it to delete that file !

Also, did you do a refresh in that folder (right-click > refresh)

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Please assist me. I have created a back-up folder before I did a Restore. Now, the folder cannot be deleted even if I have already put in in the Recycle Bin. Please help me in deleting it. Is there a way to empty it? Thanks

A:Can't Delete The Folder Dc1 Even In The Recycle Bin

Have you tried starting in Safe Mode and deleting it from there?

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Yesterday, I uninstalled Avast Anti-Virus because my ISP had me install Verizon Internet Security Suite. Then I noticed a file in the Recycle Bin--RB5.tmp and it won't delete from there. What's up with that?

A:RB5.tmp file in Recycle Bin-won't delete!

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I have been trying to delete a file from recycle bin. I open the bin and no files are shown. I open reclcyer folder on c:\ and it is empty. I cannot find an info or info2 file. I have managed to delete this problem in my backups using Safe Mode. The message I receive when trying to empty the recycle bin is: Cannot remove folder OmniPage 16 Service Pack 1 (e, English) : Cannot find the specified file. I have tried burning cds with all possible combinations of the sub folders, all that did is waste 3 cds. I have tried restoring a recycle bin from a backup with a clean Recyler directory.I hve tried to restore the recycle bin and that didn't work. I have run out of options other than formating the drive. Can anyone help?

A:delete files from recycle bin

Check out this website.

About a fourth of the way down under "Recycle Bin - Deleting Problems" there is a whole bunch of stuff about repairing the recycle bin, files in the bin, etc. I have never had this problem before, sorry I can't help you more.

One that did stick out to me was a good ways down "Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin (Line 64)". Which will bring you to another site, and if you look down to line 64 there is a .reg entry file that says "Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP". But please go into regedit and make a backup of your registry before attempting that fix!! I have not personally tried it.

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dear all,

could you please help me to solve this issue.
the problem is a $RECYCLE.BIN folder added in my hard disk D: and in my external hard disk and all the folder has 40KB in his sise.
I checked in folder option view and the option hide protected operating system file is ticked.
really im very worry about my files. (see attached file)

is $RECYCLE.BIN folder a virus ??
how can I solve the problem

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I'm using Windows XP - the other day I scanned a film negative into Adobe Photoshop, tweaked it then saved it. Yesterday I was tidying up and binned the file because I no longer needed it. Then, doing routine PC 'maintenance' I went to empty my Recycle Bin and couldn't remove this particular file. I get the message: "Cannot delete Dc4: It is being used by another program or person. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again." The filename is actually Scans2. I know of no programs running that might be using this scan. I read some other help sites, downloaded a utility called Mboot but couldn't select the file to drag and drop into Mboot's space. I can't rename it, move it, restore it or delete it ! I give up - I know this isn't a major problem but I worry about viruses and the like - I have Norton Firewall and anti-virus etc. all up to date.

Cheers, Karen

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iam use vista os and for 2 hrs my computer is working to empty 631[2.05 gb} item from the recycle bin. is showing the msg "time remaining; calculating" and "speed : calculeting:. i dont think this is normal to take so much time. Can anybody please help. Thank you.

A:Delete item from recycle bin

See if ATF cleaner will work for you:---------------------------------------Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

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