Recycle bin is being weird on my gaming laptop 8/8/2019

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I turned on my laptop and saw the recycle bin had something in it. I always clean that so that was odd. I started emptying it but then saw a huge amount of data was inside. I have no idea what it was. I took a screenshot and immediately stopped the process deleting it, but the recycle bin went empty like there was never anything in it. The name of files being deleted was CoreProtocolPNames.class. I ran a virus scan and cleaned my cookies afterwards but nothing came up.

The laptop is running Windows 10, 64-bit. No software should collide with the recycle bin other than CCleaner. Any ideas what this could have been?


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  • ToddN2000
    Looks like it might have something to do with Apache and HTTP server commands. Are you running an Android emulator on the laptop?  It may be possible that something you recently loaded is causing the issue. Have you installed any new game or game update ? 

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  • Subhendu Sen

    Is there an app that runs in background simultaneously? Might be the feature of that app is like delete unused files / data silently from Temp folder or something like.

    As you mentioned .class file, perhaps it is emptied the Temp folder & deposit on Recycle Bin.

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  • KantVoors
    Hi, thank you for answering. I'm not running any emulators on my laptop. Also, the only program I use to clean the laptop is CCleaner but it's not set to run on system start. Do you need more info about the laptop?
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  • ToddN2000
    A clue might be taking a look at the file in the Recycle Bin and see what the date and time was it was deleted. That might let you know if it was done as part of a startup process or by you running a specific application that does it's own housekeeping.  Keep track of what you run and when and see if the dates and times match up to the files landing in the Recycle Bin. 
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  • KantVoors
    Maybe I didn't make that part clear but there is no file in the recycle bin. It wasn't deleted, either. I stopped the process long before it finished, but there wasn't any file in the recycle bin. I turned on viewing hidden folders but there's still nothing there.
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  • Subhendu Sen

    Can you do one thing please? Run or Search bar, type as, %tmp% & then press enter key. It opens Temp folder. Now check date by date that, is there any .class file.

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  • TheRealRaven
    Since CoreProtocolPNames.class is a Mono class, it possibly hit the Recycle Bin after a Microsoft upgrade or even as a natural part of running a particular game.

    It's not clear why you continually clear the Recycle Bin, especially why you don't verify its content before clearing it.
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  • KantVoors
    Why would I not clear the recycle bin? It's data that you don't need on your PC, why people keep it around for ages is beyond me. If you don't want to delete something don't delete it. And I assume my system is not secretly placing things into my recycle bin. It's possible it happened because of an update, but this is the first time I've seen this.
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  • KantVoors
    I've checked and there wasn't a major update to Windows right before it happened. The laptop was fully turned off before turning on again.
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  • Subhendu Sen

    Checked the snapshot that you given here. There is no .class file, however don't know is this type of file is inside these folders. As this is a mysterious case, every possibility can check. You may check Windows Event Viewer on the same date. Moreover, there is Avast is installed, check Avast log also.

    Yes, you can empty Recycle bin every time, if you think the files/ folders (which are inside it) will be no longer required.

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  • TheRealRaven
    Since we know nothing of the system history, there is no answer from here. Any app could have moved it to the Recycle Bin. We'd need a complete inventory of the system plus usage logs going back to whenever the last provable time Recycle Bin was emptied. Then we might guess what happened.

    If you aren't interested in using Recycle Bin for its usual purpose, is there a reason you take the extra step of using and emptying it? Why not just do a permanent delete in the first place and skip Recycle Bin? Really, just curious.
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  • Subhendu Sen

    In general, for permanent deletion of files/ folder there is an option to press Shift + Delete keys both at a time. Just highlight/ select the file or folder & press those two keys combination. It asks for permanently deletion. Just press Yes button to make ensure of that. However it is possible to set this option inside Recycle Bin settings/ Properties.

    But for safety purpose, this is not recommended, but you can.

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