Windows XP Recycle bin.

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I have a computer that has an issue with the recycle bin. It does not cause an real problems but is driving me crazy. The Recycle Bin allows shows that is has items in it. I empty the bin and if you open it it is empty, but the icon on the desktop still shows it as full, I click empty and it shows 36 items in it. There is nothing in the recycle bin but it still acts as tough it does. What I have done. I have turn off the recycle bi and rebooted, turned recycle bin back on and does the same thing. I have went into the register to make sure that the correct icons are shown when full and empty. There has to be a place that is keeping the 36 file on record. If I can find that place I can set it back to 0 or empty. Thanks for the help.
ASKED: January 27, 2005  11:51 AM
UPDATED: January 28, 2005  8:23 PM

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  • BMS5000
    Check if you Virus definions files are up to date, and also if you have any new viruses threats, this can help you identify the problem. Install service pack 2, to update your system.
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  • Wrangler
    I am using the latest version of Micro Trend PC-Cillin 2005, on viruses have been detected. It update daily. I have installed SP2 and am wondering if that is part of the problem.
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  • Darthwave
    Make sure that you have the latest Service packs installed. Also check to make sure some third party software like Norton might be causing the issue.
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  • Fishbait
    It sounds like spyware to me. It is important to update both the OS and any anti-virus before anything. Then use an anti-spyware program to sweep the machine. I have found that you have the best results when you do the anti-spyware sweeps in safe mode. In normal mode the spyware re-installs itself as fast as you delete it.
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  • HenryC
    Try this: open a command prompt window and do the following commands. C: cd recycler dir /a:d dir /a:-d /s The first dir command will display one folder for each SID (user) on the PC who has deleted files. The second dir command will display all of the files in all of the subdirectories in the recycle bin. i.e. everything in EVERYBODY's recycle bin. What your recycle bin is probably indicating is files that other users have deleted. Since your recycle bin appears empty and you probably have administrative rights on the PC you are seeing someone else's deleted files. While you are in the command prompt window you can then drill down into each directory and manually delete each file and subdirectory. Note that many of the files/directories have the hidden and/or read-only attribute set. Use the ATTRIB command to remove the hidden and read-only attributes. You may also need to repeat this process if you have other local drives (D:, etc). Each drive letter could have its own Recycler folder. Good luck in cleaning up.
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  • Wrangler
    Thanks a lot. That did the trick, I felt like a coal miner with as much digging as I did. This is one for the books Thanks again
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