Recycler\S Error

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March 28, 2009 at 21:50:51
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.128 GHz / 2047 MB
My PC was recently infected with Vimax malware. Google links redirected to the wrong address. Vimax male-enhancements ads appeared on every website. Worst of all, the malware blocked websites and processes that could help (like and system restore, respectively).

Another error, that I'm not certain is because of the Vimax malware, is that double-clicking drive C: resulted in an error message "RECYCLER\S...." (full title below). To access C: I had to right-click>'explore'.

I decided I needed a clean install of WinXP anyway, so I formatted and reinstalled. My primary drive has 3 partitions, I formatted only C: and installed WinXP (SP2) there.

Now the malware seems to be gone, but the 'RECYCLER\S' error now appears on all of my partitions and drives. Right-click>explore still works to view a drive or partition. The full error is as follows:

"Windows cannot find 'RECYCLER\' . Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. []"

I don't know how to fix this without nuking everything. Can someone help, please?

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March 29, 2009 at 00:31:38
Seems you have an MBR infection - see this:

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March 29, 2009 at 06:00:01
vrusso87, Download and run "Autorun Eater 2.3" which is Free at the link below. It should correct your problem.


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April 2, 2009 at 00:39:09
Have you installed Free AVG 8.5 ? it seems to be the only thing that can kill it ! However when I cleaned my USB thumbdrives with avg , you must then pull them out otherwise I get the same message you did - Windows cannot find 'RECYCLER\S-4-4-95-100006377-1000016102-100002504-4989.

After I pulled out the usb and then back in again ,the message never reappeared again !
Unfortunately you can not pull out you hdd so quickly so just try rebooting straight after you get that message .
Also note autrun and RECYCLER must be moved into the avg
virus Vault !

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April 2, 2009 at 06:16:25
Thanks for your post, auto. Right now everything is fine. I have my usual Norton Internet Security running, autorun-eater is off and everything works as it should. I'll keep AVG in mind should the issue come up again.

Thanks again!

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May 4, 2009 at 06:31:01
Thanks for the link to autoeater. Worked like a charm.

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