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Extracted Files Empty?!

Q: Extracted Files Empty?!

When I extract files from a zipped folder, a folder is created but with no files in them. Yet, when I open a zipped folder, the files are visible but inaccessible. Help.

P.S. Running Vista Home Premium

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Preferred Solution: Extracted Files Empty?!

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I used 7zip to open up a .gz zipped/archived file. It seems like 7zip extracts and downloads the files to open it? Is that correct? If so, where are the files located? Or is it just stored somewhere temporarily and then deleted after?

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When I extract a file or video to desktop I can't find it.
I retsart the pc and the file or video pop up,it does this
almost every time.Any help?

A:Extracted files on desktop

download this 7-Zip right click file needing to be extracted, expand 7zip and click extract to and choose the same name as the file you are unzipping, unzipp's will be there...
vidoe pop up? what? need more facts not random statements...

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I have winrar files and in them i have many many important pictures...

However when i extract these pictures it extracts but i cannot see the pictures the folder simply just says 'folder is empty' but it is not empty.. i know this because in properties it says contains: 139 files.....:?:?

anyone have an idea?

A:Solved: Cannot see my Extracted files?

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I don't know if other people had this problem but I have a folder that I need to extract but apparently when I extract it to desktop, I click on the folder and noticed some files were missing. I check the unextracted folder and all the files were fine.
I realized when I extract the folder to desktop, the files aren't actually deleting because they seem to be there in the unextracted folder but not there when I extract them.
the next thing I tried is extracting one file that gets deleted from that folder into the desktop and then nothing happens. So the main thing is that the files wont extract to the desktop for a weird reason. I use McAfee anti virus and I tried disabling
everything possible from it and extracted the file. But it didn't work; also i'm running Windows 10.
All I know is that this is probably not from my antivirus and it has to do something with the file not being extracted.

Please help me fix this problem ASAP as the internet has no good answers or no answers at all.

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anybody know how to solve my problem? i delete them but every time at startup the are there again and its cloging up my desktop.

(PS.Its probly a realy stupid question)

A:cant delete extracted files from desktop

The easy way is to use Move_on_Boot. Works every time!

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Hey Guys
I have a little problem. FILES from capturing screens and videos, extracting compress file etc. are NOT showing immediately, I need to refresh the directory folder just to see it.

For example:

I will extract the "a.rar" it contains "a"
After extracting, no files were added to my desktop
But when i refresh my desktop
The file is now shown

A:Delay Showing Extracted Files

This could be related to a corrupted IconCache.db file. Delete C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db and restart your computer.

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I have a 64-bit Windows 8.1 HP. It came pre-installed 7-Zip. When I extract it changes the file names automatically upon extraction.

On my old Windows 7 desktop I had WinZip and this never happened. So I purchased and installed WinZip on the Windows 8.1 and the same thing happened, it changed the file name automatically.

I have tried all over the net and on this site to find a solution but to no avail. I also compared WinZip settings on the W7 and I can't really tell if they are the same as it is different on W8.1

My real concern is that when I extract the folder, it changes the files names adding additional characters where there would be spaces and then an extension of numbers.
Windows 7 did not do this at all. Please help!!! How can I turn this off?
Original file name
Bride & Groom -7
Extracted new file name done automatically

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I would like to ask how to set WinRAR to exclude files with the exact filenames: 'thumbs.db' or '.DS_Store' (without the quotes, ignore case) from being extracted from an archive.

Ex. Files with these filenames should not be extracted:


while files with these filenames should be extracted:

Abcd thumbs.db.txt

In 'Settings->Security->Prohibited file types->File types to exclude from extracting', if I just type in 'thumbs.db .DS_Store' (without the quotes) in the field, will it work the way I described?

Also, does anyone know if WinRAR has a syntax guide for the Prohibited file types list in case I'd like to add more filenames or be flexible with the rules I need?

The reason for this question, is I'd like to not extract unnecessary files from ZIP, RAR or 7z archives in Windows 7 - files like Windows 2000/XP's Thumbs.db file (Thumbnail cache) and Mac OS X' .DS_Store file (Desktop Services Store), while not being too strict and also not extracting files which just contain 'Thumbs.db' or '.DS_Store' in its filename.

A:Setting WinRAR to exclude specified files from being extracted

Yes, it should work.

Here is a piece from WinRar 4.0 Help file

Files to exclude
File masks and file names to exclude from the archiving operation. Wildcards are supported both in path and name parts of masks. If you need to specify several masks, separate them by spaces. If mask contains spaces, enclose it in quotes. For example, you may enter:

c:\temp\info.txt *.bak *.tmp *\temp\

to skip c:\temp\info.txt file, all .bak and .tmp files, all temp folders and all files in temp folders. You may enter file names manually or use "Append" button to browse for file to exclude.

Detailed information about exclusion masks syntax is provided in description of switch -x. This switch uses the same format of exclusion masks as "Files to exclude" field.

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My girlfriend was on the computer for a bit (she isn't very tech savvy by the way) and when I came back on to open My Documents, all my folders were gone replaced by the files that were located in each and every one of these same folders. Is there a way to revert this or do i have to go through the time-consuming job of regrouping every files into new folders?

Thanks for the help


A:My documents' folders have disappeared and extracted all files.

Hello Tom, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Is this in your Documents library by chance instead?

If so, click on View -> Arrange by -> Folder to see if that may help.

File and Folder Arrangement - Group by - Sort by - Arrange by

Hope this helps,

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I dowloaded a rar/zip files of 256MB however when i extracted is 3.58G what program can was used to compress too much?

A:I dowloaded a rar/zip files of 256MB however when i extracted is 3.58G what program c

What was the extension of the compressed file and what types of files did it contain?

But it really isn't about the program doing the compressing but the data that is being compressed. Some types of files, such as many image files, are already compressed and any attempts at further compression will accomplish little if anything. Some file types, such as text files and some others, compress very well.

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Hello to everyone!I need the BIOS image for the laptop Lenovo Yoga 500-15ISK. My laptop doesn't turn on and I want to re-program the BIOS chip with the latest BIOS firmware. I am a technician and it is easy for me to re-program the BIOS chip. Could you give me the extracted files of the D3CN35WW.EXE file please? Thank you in advance!

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Calling on all Bleepin' XP-erts!!! I need some help here, although there's no sense of urgency, it's only a superficial problem--at least I think it is. Dell Laptop Win XP Home SP 3 During the course of normal system maintenance--cleaning up files, folders, progs & such I came across a folder in C:\Program files\ microsoft frontpage (I thought it odd that it was listed in lower-case) A check of it's properties showed it empty but for 2 sub-folders--also empty. I don't recall ever having "frontpage" installed, never heard of it in fact. The two sub-folders are "version3.0" and "bin" Long story short, after un-ticking the "read-only" box & applying it to all folders contained I tried to delete the frontpage folder. It would not delete because (bin) is being used by another person or program. Close any programs ...etc...and try again.I tried renaming the "bin" folder & deleting, tried dragging it to another directory and deleting it from there...no dice. All this was done while keeping the "properties" dialog boxes open for all 3 folders (click "apply" & NOT OK or close). There are some other folders also named "bin" in C:\ Prog Files directory, 1 used by Java, another by ????. Here's a sreengrab of the search: Screenshot of the error message: Is the bin folder locked by a process or an M$ contractual obligation much like t... Read more

A:Empty folder & 2 empty sub-folders in C:\ prog files

Front Page is part of MS Office...do you have any version of Office Installed?.bin files are routine, see What Are .bin Files?Louis

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when i unzip a file using XP home's zip utility,on the last screen the option "show extracted files" is always checked by default. how can i permanently turn this off? tia.

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When extracting files (I use PowerDesk), a checkbox for "remove extracted files from archive" is an option. What does this do? Should I check or un-check?

A:"remove extracted files from archive"

You are probally no longer wondering this question but seems since no one answered you I thought I would.

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Hello. Last year I installed one utility called Wrye Bash used to manage and install mods for the game Oblivion. This particular utility is distributed as a .zip archive, it has no installer. The installation instructions tell to simply extract the archive to the same installation folder where the game was installed. This archive contains folders and subfolders within it. Since July last year, I haven't used or updated Wrye Bash, and 75 new versions were released! Now I'd like to uninstall it first before installing the new version. Uninstalling wouldn't be necessary if the files to be extracted from the new archive overwrote all the files extracted earlier from the old version archive, but this doesn't happen for all the files: some of them are not overwritten. This brings me to this forum.

I'd like to know if there's any way to automatically uninstall (delete) all the files extracted from an archive. There must be a simple way to achieve this I'm not aware of. The hard way would be in Windows explorer to select each and every file in the destination directory which was extracted there from the archive, and then delete them. Is there any easier way to do this? Basically, I wish to know if there's any way to undo the extracting procedure, by automatically removing the files which were extracted to the destination directory.

I was hoping that converting the original .zip archive to a SFX archive with WinRar, I could then use this .exe SFX archive both to install (extract... Read more

A:How to "uninstall" files extracted from an archive?

Since I wasn't getting any replies here, I posted the same question above in Computer Hope Forums here and I got support there.
I don't know why, but I was not able to edit my own post above to correct a few things, I couldn't find the button to do it, although I can read in this same page under Posting Rules: ?You may edit your posts?. I even sent a message reporting that issue to the Forum Administrator, but I didn't receive any replies.

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How can clear memory using power shell script/commands with all parameters separately- empty working set,empty system working set,empty modified page list,empty standby list,empty priority 0 standby list, separately

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I am trying to view some CAB files so I can copy the contents to a CD. Long story short, I have an Acer and a Vaio laptop both of which just had hard drives replaced with new (unformatted) SATA ones and neither can be detected during Windows XP setup (previously had Vista but you can guess how I probably feel about using that again). Anyway, I need SATA drivers so I can integrate them into the new Windows installer I'm making with nLite.

I have the drivers downloaded and I assume they are in the two CAB files that I got off the Acer site. The files are 2.5 mb and 17 mb but when I open them they are empty.

What can I use to view the contents of these files?


A:CAB files appear empty

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all my files from what i can tell have been deleted where the files should display folders or icons they are instead a white piece of paper i am not able to download anything or open my control panel command prompt and task manager seem to work fine also 2 game files and a bgb file are accessible when i try to open the file or download anything i receive error saying this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action please install a program or if one is already installed create an association in the default programs control panel my operating system is Microsoft windows 7 profesional

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I keep finding files with names such as 3977C900 or similar on my system. The file type is called "File" and contains 0 kb.

Does anyone know why these are being created and how I can stop it ?

Thanks in advance

A:Empty Files

Couple of possibilities:

* Suspected culprit #1 is a virus. It's fairly typical. Loading up a fellows computer with malicious junk. Probably temp files and there could be thousands.

As a matter of principle I never recommend software. However, there are programs to remove empty files that are purported to be effective and sometimes end the problem.

Too Windows 8 has some trouble shooting features and self fixes that you can run.

I have run Spybot, Search & Destroy and it worked for me. It does come with the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from some serious experts. It is free with no gimmicks or strings.

* Possibility #2 is a feature of Windows 8 that auto saves files and these can become hugely voluminous. Very recently, in the past few days, or so, this problem cropped up here and the remedies were posted. They apparently worked.

Most likely the moderators, and/or posters, who remedied it can guide you to the posts. They are quite good at that.

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Hi There
Have had 2 computers networked for awhile,never had any problems until I bought a new computer.
I can see the drives in My Network Places ok,I can open say Drive C on the other computer but when I run my mouse over a file its says that its empty and I know for a fact that they are not so therefore cant access them.
Any ideas


A:Empty Files

They could be encrypted or you don't have access to them.

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I've had this problem occur to me many times. I'll download a zip/rar (compressed) file, and it can be like over 400mb, and when I attempt to extract it, it will be empty! What is the problem here, and how can I fix it? Anyone with any suggestions?


A:Empty Zip files

Maybe some Antivirus/Antispyware program on your PC quarantains them?

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Just found my SENT file in Outlook express had 4 messages instead of many.

Using ZTREE found that there was a "SENT" and a "SENT 1" file. I can't remember which had the 4 messages but one was kb in size and the other was MB in size. The large one I assumed had all my missing email messages. However, when I used a hex editor (ZTREE) the large file was completely blank. I then noticed that several other files in the OE folder were blank when I checked with ZTREE but were not listed in OE. There were some files like the "IN" file which were fine and didn't seem to have been affected.

The last update of the empty files was at the same time and appeared to occur about log on time on 23 November 9.20ish am. There is no problem with access to the computer by other people as there are only two of us in the building and my colleague is trustworthy. When I say "empty" I mean they had size but with the ZTREE viewer they were all blank. However, with hind sight I realize I didn't use the HEX editor to check the file was full of "20"s. I just used View and saw a blank screen as I scrolled through the file.

I did see about double or triple the size of the zone alarm log file for the day before and there were two files last created the day before and ZTREE showed one of them had Microsoft file names. However, as I write at home, I don't recollect the file names that I looked at this afternoon.

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A:empty OE files

Welcome to the Tech Support Guy Forums​
Possible electric went out or someone flipped the switch off. Possible compacting was interrupted.

If, by unstable, you mean that OE will take anything you throw at it, then yes, it can get messed up. It is a database. Any database can be "unstable." However, with precautions, it is perfectly stable. I've had no major problems, ever. I have used it for years.

You maintain a questionable practice if any of the default folders are used for long time storage of large amounts of emails (Inbox/Outbox/Sent Items/Deleted Items/Draft). OE is known for emails disappearing when something goes wrong, particularly from the Inbox. Custom folders should always be used.

BTW probably shouldn't be using hex editors to look at OE DBX files. This article will explain a lot more than what can be included here.


To attempt to recover emails:

Besides the .DBX files, go to Start->Find (or Search) and look for *.dbt files. For WinXP you will have to set the search to include hidden files and folders. DBXtract/Macallan should open those. Perhaps the missing emails will show up.


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Ok so I noticed when I was looking through my music folder, that all of my music was missing. I began to open everything else. I am missing all of my music, photos, important documents, etc. I started to dig a little deeper and found MGTOOLS and WOW. Im not sure what I can or should do from here. I did find a file that has quite a few logs in it. Also it seems that there are some folders that have been blocked: ACCESS DENIED... Someone please help!!

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I was given two CDs of .jpgs that show as empty when inserted in my PC's CD drive. I know its not a problem with my drive, because I can easily view files on other CDs.* I also know that these two CDs are not blank, as their files can be viewed on my work Mac. I've tried a couple Mac-to-PC freeware programs, but they also do not read files on these two CDs.

* Interestingly, I burned a few .jpgs to a CD from my work Mac and this cd opens fine on my home PC.


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I wasn't sure exactly which forum to put this in, but it seems to be the most apt choice.

After having used bittorrent (a friend recommended it), there are now 2 .exe files on my desktop with the same name as 2 different files I tried downloading with bittorrent. However, I cannot move, rename or delete these files because another program is apparently using them. I tried uninstalling bittorrent, thinking it might be the one using them, but this didn't change anything. I also tried running a virus scan, but no infected files were found. I tried individually quarantining the files, but the program says I cannot quarantine "empty files". Also, when I try running them, it says that they are not valid Win32 applications. Any ideas? They don't seem to be doing any damage, however they're annoying, and I don't want to chance damage to my new laptop.

A:Solved: Empty Files

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I have had basically this same problem: Nothing I delete goes to the Recycle Bin. It remains EMPTY. I checked the settings and it is NOT set to "Remove Files Immediately when Deleted" in Properties. I have run Virus Scans and other scans with: Micro-Trends, Symantec, TDS-3, Ad-Aware, Spybot and AOL tools. No WORD documents or even game programs will go to the Recycle Bin. I sent trouble report to Microsoft Windows, but their support did not help. They had me run: "sfc /scannow". I did that, but it did nothing to resolve problem. My Recycle Bin Icon is fine, however. It is not grayed out or showing any other problems, other than it remains empty. But, my computer will often run slow when online. I have to delete cookies and files from "Internet Options" in Control Panel and then do a "Disk Cleanup". The "Compress Old Files" is usually in 100's to 1000's along with Temporary Internet files. But NOTHING in Recycle Bin. I clean up those and RESTART to use my computer again for awhile. I have a nice computer and TONS of disk space, so I don't understand why this won't resolve. The following is a copy of my HJT RESULTS:
Log was analyzed using HijackThis Analyzer - Updated on 1/7/05
Get updates at http://www.greyknight17.com/download.htm#programs

***Security Programs Detected***

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A:Recycle bin empty, where are files?

Please don't post in someone else's thread. I created a new one for you here.

If you want, try deleting that file using the methods I posted at:


Run a scan in HijackThis. Check each of the following and hit 'Fix checked' (after checking them) if they still exist (make sure not to miss any):

O1 - Hosts: www.dcsresearch.com
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {1C7621CF-E02B-A5F2-3040-52C66271F801} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {F71DBE88-BD54-EA5D-E17E-248E9305905B} - (no file)

Restart and give us a new HijackThis log (run a new scan first).

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I recently posted this in the Windows XP forum and they tried to help but directed me here. When I delete my files they don't go to the recycle bin, and my computer asks me if I'm sure I want to delete them. I've checked to make sure my recycle bin properties are in order and they are. Also, the first time this happened, I noticed an extra my computer icon on the destop, as well as a my network places icon that was never there before after I rebooted my computer. I immediately deleted them, but they didn't show up in the recycle bin either. The bin is just empty, and the empty recycle bin option is greyed out. I've completed the Adaware, SBSD, HJT scans and did a full virus scan with AVG. I did not use the online scan, because last time I tried on this particular computer, it crashed. Please help once more, if it's not too much trouble.


Here is my HJTA log:

Log was analyzed using KRC HijackThis Analyzer - Updated on 3/2/05
Get updates at http://www.greyknight17.com/download.htm#programs

***Security Programs Detected***

C:\Program Files\Kerio\Personal Firewall 4\kpf4ss.exe
C:\Program Files\Kerio\Personal Firewall 4\kpf4gui.exe
C:\Program Files\Kerio\Personal Firewall 4\kpf4gui.exe
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A:Recycle bin empty, where are files?

OK, I think I know what the problem is here.

Is that the only problem you are experiencing now? We'll fix that up now.

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should not have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Download KillBox (http://www.greyknight17.com/spy/KillBox.exe). Run KillBox and check the box that says 'End Explorer Shell While Killing File'. Next click on 'Delete on Reboot'. For each of the following files below, check the box that says 'Unregister .dll Before Deleting' if it's not grayed out. Copy and paste each of the following into KillBox (hitting the X button for each file - choose NO when it asks if you want to reboot):


Make sure to close any open browsers. Run a scan in HijackThis. Check each of the following and hit 'Fix checked' (after checking them) if they still exist (make sure not to miss any):

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://appldnld.m7z.net/qtinstall.i...llInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {56336BCB-3D8A-11D6-A00B-0050DA18DE71} (RdxIE Class) - http://software-dl.real.... Read more

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Hi, I've been running windows 8.1 and have recently been having problems connecting to any wifi point. When I connect via ethernet, everything is fine. Yet I cannot access any wifi. Someone suggested that it has to do with registry keys, so I installed "Registry Recycler" found over 200 empty registry keys which I removed. I was able to connect via wifi for a short time. When I could not get in with wifi, I ran the recycler again, removed the empty registry keys and was able to use wifi again. This is becoming redundant as I have never had this problem before. Why is this happening and how can it be fixed?

A:Empty registry files

Registry keys many time will not contain information until they are needed, mucking around the registry can be quite dangerous without proper help.

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I found the folder named Tracing, there is an empty folder here WPPMedia and three files (also empty) WindowsLiveMessenger-uccapi-0.uccapilog

Is it safe to just remove this trash?? Won't it affect my messenger?

A:Tracing, empty files

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I am in need of listing all the empty folders on a subfolder. Cmd.exe seems like it would be the perfect route to go.

In the past, I have listed all the files in a directory to a text file.

I am looking to do the same with empty folders, as I need to know if I'm missing audio, video, or pictures, that were supposed to be there. And then replace accordingly.

So something like sending a list of empty folders to a file named empty.txt is along the lines that I'd like.

If anybody can help. Please do.


A:How to list empty files using cmd.ext

Hi Rkariff,

Here's some batch script that may help you--

set start_location="C:\Users\%USERNAME%"
set empty.txt_location="C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Desktop\empty.txt"

@for /f "delims=" %%I in (' dir /a:d /b /s %START_LOCATION% ') do @(
dir /a /b "%%~fI" 2>NUL | find /v "" >NUL || (
echo "%%~fI"

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Hi there,

A little bit back, my OS (XP) went corrupt. Using the XCOPY command, I copied a few folders to a flash drive. I had a folder full of .xlr files (Microsoft Excel). After reformatting back to Windows, I attempted to open these files. The files opened without any error messages, however, they came up totally blank, although under properties, they show that there is data in them such as 14kb, 21kb, etc. When opened in notepad, they also come up blank. How do I read these files or recover the information out of them?

John James

A:Empty XLR Files After XCOPY

did you use any of the arguments at the end of the xcopy command?

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I was recently infected by the Windows Restore virus. I went through procedures installed rkill and malwerebytes and selected unhide to retrieve all my files, thankfully they came back, and am mostly confident that I have successfully removed the virus, but I still cannot see my desktop icons even though I know they have not been wiped out as they can be accessed through C disk. Can someone assist me in putting them back on my desktop my laptop is Running Windows 7.

Thank you in advance.

A:program files empty

Try here: http://askville.amazon.com/Suddenly-icons-disappeared-desktop-pictures-icon-text/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=13811512

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Hi, I just recently extracted some pictures and movies from my camera and two files came with a different extension. One has a .lcb extension and the other .lid? What do I use to open this? Thanks

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Hope someone can help me, please. I empty my temp files on a regular basis. Today, I decidd to "view files" after deleting to make sure they are gone. They were not gone. Still there.

I have never seen this before. Is there a way to empty them? They all should be gone with "delete". I am checking all boxes for deletion.

I have checked my settings in Advance, but I am not sure what I am looking for.

Any help is appreciated.
Thank you!!

A:Temp Internet Files won't empty

Quote: Originally Posted by Cissy46

Hope someone can help me, please. I empty my temp files on a regular basis. Today, I decidd to "view files" after deleting to make sure they are gone. They were not gone. Still there.

I have never seen this before. Is there a way to empty them? They all should be gone with "delete". I am checking all boxes for deletion.

I have checked my settings in Advance, but I am not sure what I am looking for.

Any help is appreciated.
Thank you!!


Hi and welcokme to sevenforums

Are you using the disk cleanup wizard to delete the temp internet files?


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Hi guys, earlier today I minimized some windows on my pc and saw that everything on my desktop other than a few shortcuts to programs was gone. I searched for the files using the search function but they didn't come up. I did a system restore and was happy to see that it at least brought back all of the folders that I had on my desktop but I soon discovered that they were all empty.

I have no idea what to do. I had a ton of important and irreplaceable things on the desktop (I know how stupid that is) and it seems like its all gone for good. I'm running ****** data recovery wizard as I was advised to but I'm not sure what to do with it once it's finished running. I'm hoping that if it finds anything I can just copy it to an external hard drive.

Does anyone have any idea how I can recover these files? Anything at all. I'm running windows media center XP SP2. Any help is extremely appreciated.

Edit: I'm not sure why it's censoring it but I'm running e a s e u s data recovery wizard.

A:All files on desktop are gone. All folders are empty. Please help.


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My computer shows empty when I try to open a program from the Programs menu. All program folders are intact so I can go there and open the programs from their icons or exe files.Please see how SnagIt shows empty but I can still open the program from its own folderAlso, the computer freezes and is running very slow.Running XP Pro

A:Porgram Files show empty

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Sometimes dm_log_collector.exe creates very tiny, apparently empty Zip files. Other times it seems to work fine. When it doesn't work properly, sometimes the source SFdebugFiles folder can be found either on the Desktop or in the Recycle Bin and a Zip file can be created manually. Other times, the SFdebugFiles folder is nowhere to be found and one has to run dm_log_collector.exe again and hope for the best.

No doubt the kind people who analyze the materials submitted in this forum are often busy with pressing personal and professional obligations and cannot immediately render assistance; however, if perchance my post at BSOD APC_INDEX_MISMATCH ntoskrnl.exe has slipped through the cracks, I'd like to bring it to someone's attention.

Thanks very much.

A:dm_log_collector.exe sometimes creates empty Zip files

Hi Animadversor ^_^,

Really sorry that your thread was not answered very quickly. We are shorthanded here and there are not many BSOD Analysts

We are aware of the problem with the DM Log Collector Tool and hence I have created a new utility to solve this, although it is still in BETA. You can find it in the below thread -
[BETA] BSOD Inspector

Feel free to test it and report back in case of any problems

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After a system cleanup on Windows 7 due to a SMART HDD Virus......I was able to restore all the hidden docs, pictures, icons, etc (using unhide.exe). Unfortunately, everything in my start up program list is showing as "empty."


Thank you in advance!

A:Program files still showing up as Empty

Right click on your startmenu-propertiesCheck markstore and display recently opened programsstore and display recently itemsClick on customizeClick on Use default settings at the bottomNow go toc:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windowsright click on startmenu folder,click on restore previous versionsNow select a snapshot before you were infected by the rogue,click on restoreYou should get back the startmenu programsIt may also restore SMART HDD folder.You can manually delete itgood luck

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My hard disk is corrupted and it causes frequent blue screen and restarts. I bought a new hard disk and transferred the data to the new hard disk. While transferring the files from old hard disk to new hard disk, the pc still encounters frequent blue screen and restarts, causing the data transfer to suddenly stop when it restarts.

Now I have installed the new hard disk and everything works fine.

The problem is when I open some word and excel files, the files are blank (like a new document) or show me a error message. This is probably caused due to the sudden restart while I was transferring files. I remembered some of the corrupted files are being transferred when the pc restarts by itself.

I have many folders and files, and the problem now is I do not know how many other files are corrupted due to the multiple restarts during file transfer.

Is there a software that can detect all the files to see it they are working fine?

I have a backup made about 1 month ago, so I would like to restore the files that are blank/corrupt with the 1 month old backup

Thanks for all help.

A:How to detect corrupted or empty files

Have you run chkdsk /f? It will remove corrupted files (if they were corrupted during transfer and damaged in the file system). You won't know which, but copying the old ones will ask if you want to replace the ones present, so if you choose "No", only the missing will be replaced.

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After contracting a virus 2-3 weeks ago, I discovered your site and regained access to some of my files (e.g. My Documents). However many of the folders in All Programs still show "Empty". I see this problem throughout the forums but have not seen a solution that allows restoration of access to these files that I think are still resident. I have been limping along with limited software resources while trying to muddle out of this with on-line research. I've been fairly cautious in applying "fixes" (Mbam, unhide, tdsskiller) with some success. Please guide me through some tests to help me clean this up.

A:Partial cleanup but files still "Empty"

Hello.Thanks to Broni for the below.To manually recreate "All Programs" entries, follow these steps...Download App PathsDouble click on AppPaths.exe to run the program.Keep the program open.In this example I'll recreate an entry for Avast antivirus program.Go Start>All Programs.Right click on Avast entry, click "Properties".NOTE. Make sure, you right click on Avast program, NOT on Avast folder.You'll see this window:Due to the damage caused by the infection, you'll find "Target" box empty.Go back to AppPaths window and find Avast entry.Right click on Avast line, click "Edit".A pop-up window will open:Highlight everything in "Path" box, right click on it, click "Copy"Go back to Avast "Properties" window, right click inside "Target" box, click "Paste".IMPORTANT! Add quotation marks at the beginning of the path and at the endClick OK and you're done.In case, program's link shows as (empty):Open Windows Explorer, navigate to Avast folder in Program FilesRight click on Avast ".exe" file, click "Create shortcut":Copy that shortcut, go back to Start menu.Right click on avast!Free Antivirus, click "Paste".You'll see Avast shortcut recreated replacing (empty) entry.Alternatively.......you paste that shortcut in:(XP) - C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Avast(Vista/7) - C:\Program Da... Read more

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I have windows xp. When I click on start, all prgrams - the list of programs shows up but alot of those folders are empy. Games, System tools, Microsoft Money, Microsoft Office Tools and many others are all empty. I apologize if this is a stupid question. I'm afraid I've done something by mistake to mess these folders up. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Window XP Program Files empty?

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I downloaded some videos from a site I thought was safe, (according to site advisor). When I deleted the videos I noticed that when I put my cursor over the floder that had contained them it said, "folder is empty 28 kilobytes". It seemed strange that an empty folder would have 28 kilobytes in it so I scaned the folder with avg anti virus and anti spyware. They came back clean but said that they had scanned two files in the supposedly empty folder. There is nothing in the folder when I click on it. My computer is set to show hidden files and folders.

Is this a sign that my computer may be infected with something?

A similar thing happened a while ago after I downloaded some photos from the flickr web site.

I have also tried a few online scans, Trend, Mcafee and Symantec they were all clean

Also while I was surfing your site a web site called stop-sign loaded up. Is this something to do with your site or is it another sign of infection.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

A:I Have Invisible Files In Empty Folders

I downloaded some videos from a site I thought was safe, (according to site advisor).Then what makes you think they were unsafe and needed to be removed.I scaned the folder with avg anti virus and anti spyware. They came back clean but said that they had scanned two files in the supposedly empty folder.Where is the folder located and were you able to get a name for whatever was scanned? Have you tried to delete or rename the folder?eAcceleration StopSign is an program that was previously listed as a rogue on the Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware List because of the company's history of employing deceptive advertising and drive-by-downloads. The company was also known for removing and/or disabling competing apps. These objectionable business practices were employed primarily during the years 2002-2003. It has been been de-listed as a rogue because the vendor has taken some actions to correct these concerns.

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A free computer cleaning software shows up a lot of registry errors such as the following, stating that the key under this file is empty.

empty key: hkey_current_user\appevents\schemes\apps\setpoint\ag_decreaseresolution

Is there a way to correct registry errors and other hidden errors of this type that slow down a computer, WITHOUT my buying the software?


A:empty key faults in hkey files

The best advice most IT people will give you about registry cleaners and the junk advertised on TV is this - Don't Use Them.

You cannot rely on a reg cleaner program alone to accurately remove entries. You need to know what they are removing before you confirm a delete.

Lastly, you are not going to notice an improvement in your computer's performance by simply using a registry cleaner.

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I got some sort of trojan/hijacker/virus. I used MBAM and combofix. It seemed to get rid of the trojan. This trojan was particularly nasty. It hid my desktop and told me my hard drive was crashing. It also deleted all my start menu files. The listings are still there, but when u go to, say, accessories, it says "empty". Went to doc and sets and they are also empty there.

Anything anyone can do to help would be greatly appreciated...



A:Program Files in all programs empty

Please post the complete results of your MBAM scan for review.To retrieve the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan log information, launch MBAM.Click the Logs Tab at the top.The log will be named by the date of scan in the following format: mbam-log-date(time).txt
-- If you have previously used MBAM, there may be several logs showing in the list.Click on the log name to highlight it.Go to the bottom and click on Open.The log should automatically open in notepad as a text file.Go to Edit and choose Select all.Go back to Edit and choose Copy or right-click on the highlighted text and choose Copy from there.Come back to this thread, click Add Reply, then right-click and choose Paste.Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.Logs are saved to the following locations:-- XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\mbam-log-yyyy-mm-dd-- Vista, Windows 7, 2008: C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\mbam-log-yyyy-mm-ddThe symptoms you describe are indicative of a side effect from the HDD Defrag family of rogue security programs which changes file attributes to "hidden", making them appear invisible so the user thinks some of their files have been deleted. Newer variants of the FakeHDD rogue delete Quick Launch and Start Menu items/folders and sto... Read more

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