Solved What is $RECYCLE,BIN folder

December 11, 2013 at 17:55:20
Specs: Windows 7
Recently I noticed $RECYCLE.BIN folder in my external hard hard disc drive.
I wonder if it is a virus. Even after scanning the drive with Quick heal total security software this folder is not going. and the antivirus scan shows that there is no virus.

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December 11, 2013 at 18:07:13
It is not a virus. It is the storage for the recycle bin on the external drive. Windows will create this folder on every writable drive it has access to.

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December 12, 2013 at 14:47:15
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Go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View. Set yourself to hide protected system files, which is the MS recommendation. I agree with this, otherwise you will get spurious system files (such as desktop.ini) showing in user areas. You should no longer see $Recycle.

Showing hidden files and file extensions is a different matter and showing file extensions is particularly useful.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 14, 2013 at 15:19:11
If you want to double check if you have a virus, use ESET on all drives, including external USB drives.

Run ESET Online Scanner, Copy and Paste the contents of the log please. This scan may take a very long while, so please be patient. Maybe start it before going to work or bed.
You may have to download ESET from a good computer, put it on a flash/thumb/pen drive & run it from there, if your comp is unbootable, or won't let you download.
Create a ESET SysRescue CD or USB drive
How do I use my ESET SysRescue CD or USB flash drive to scan and clean my system?
Configure ESET this way & disable your AV.
How to Temporarily Disable your Anti-virus
Which web browsers are compatible with ESET Online Scanner?
Online Scanner not working
Why Would I Ever Need an Online Virus Scanner?
I already have an antivirus program installed, isn't that enough?
Once onto a machine, malware can disable antivirus programs, prevent antimalware programs from downloading updates, or prevent a user from running antivirus scans or installing new antivirus software or malware removal tools. At this point even though you are aware the computer is infected, removal is very difficult.
5: Why does the ESET Online Scanner run slowly on my computer?
If you have other antivirus, antispyware or anti-malware programs running on your computer, they may intercept the scan being performed by the ESET Online Scanner and hinder performance. You may wish to disable the real-time protection components of your other security software before running the ESET Online Scanner. Remember to turn them back on after you are finished.
17: How can I view the log file from ESET Online Scanner?
The ESET Online Scanner saves a log file after running, which can be examined or sent in to ESET for further analysis. The path to the log file is "C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt". You can view this file by navigating to the directory and double-clicking on it in Windows Explorer, or by copying and pasting the path specification above (including the quotation marks) into the Start ? Run dialog box from the Start Menu on the desktop.
If no threats are found, you will simply see an information window that no threats were found.

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