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$Recycle.Bin Virus?


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#1 ToddWalter

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 12:26 PM

Hello,
I'm having troubling understanding if I am truly infected and would really appreciate a second set of eyes with more experience than myself.  My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate.  First I will tell you the story of what led me to believe I may be infected and then I will ask my question.
Here is my story:
 
About 2 weeks ago the files on my external hard drive suddenly became invisible.  By this I mean that the drive still showed that 250GB of space was taken up on it but when I accessed the drive no files were shown.  Using both the control panel and the command line I made sure that "hidden" files were set to visible and I still could not see anything on the drive.  I also double checked that the drive had not become RAW, which it hadn't.

That was the extent of my ability to handle the problem so I took the drive to a local computer shop and asked them to diagnose it.  After looking into it, they told me that the file table for the drive had become corrupted and that caused the files to become inaccessible.  They couldn't tell me what actually caused the file table to corrupt, however, which bothered me.

Because I was frustrated with the lack of explanation I went back to googling for an answer and I found information on a virus called $Recycle.Bin that sometimes causes files to become invisible.  I checked on my drive and there is a folder called $Recycle.Bin.


So now, my question to you:  Is $Recycle.Bin a virus?  I've seen multiple forum posts where people have asked for help with this virus and were told that there is no such virus and that $Recycle.Bin is simply a system file and should not be worried about...BUUUT I've also seen multiple removal guides that say it is in fact and virus and give instructions on how to remove it.  So which is it?


Also, for reference, here are three removal guides for the $Recycle.Bin virus:
hxxp://forums.anvisoft.com/viewtopic-45-1406-0.html
hxxp://guides.yoosecurity.com/how-to-remove-recycle-bin-virus-trojan-horse-manual-removal-instructions/
hxxp://fixvirusfast.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-remove-recyclebin-virus-manual.html

Edited by Queen-Evie, 06 September 2014 - 01:15 PM.
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#2 LiquidTension

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 01:02 PM

Hello, 

 

Whilst searching the Internet for malware removal assistance, guides or information on files/folders, it is not uncommon to find numerous hits from untrustworthy sites which misclassify detections or provide misleading information. Search results will yield numerous malware removal sites with "How to Guides", which are written with the sole intent to deceive and lure users into purchasing unnecessary or rogue software.  

 

The sites you have linked are not what I would consider reputable. 

 

Please read the following post (courtesy of quietman7) for information on the Recycle Bin.

 


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