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Offline EmEm25

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What is C:\$RECYCLE.BIN\... and why can't Avast find it?
« on: November 04, 2009, 05:04:53 AM »
I just did a quick scan on my computer and nothing was found except that

C:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-2036848099-160209580-2947422689-1000\$RMG3Q1T

was unable to be scanned because the path couldn't be found. Is this something I should be worried about? I googled it and found that $Recycle.Bin is the recycle bin but then what is the other random gibberish and why can't it be found?

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Re: What is C:\$RECYCLE.BIN\... and why can't Avast find it?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 10:52:06 AM »
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That appears to be a registry key that has been deleted to the recycle bin.

Have you done anything lately that would have caused this action?


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Re: What is C:\$RECYCLE.BIN\... and why can't Avast find it?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 04:03:11 PM »
Did you ever have Norton on your system, as I believe this ised to have a protected recycle bin ?

Recycler is the normal recycle bin folder name, see image and why I feel that the $recycle.bin is totally different, a special 'file,' one that is protected rather than a folder.


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The numbers aren't registry key entries, as prior to my little test my recycle bin was empty and on deleting two 'files' the entries are what resulted.

Edit: tested the deletion of a folder with a couple of files in it and this is the path E:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-3126928747-2492246226-67290611-1004
« Last Edit: November 04, 2009, 04:07:06 PM by DavidR »
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Re: What is C:\$RECYCLE.BIN\... and why can't Avast find it?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 01:15:02 AM »
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Ok, David ... thanks for the correction.   :)


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