I'm having trouble recognising if my machine is infected with recycler. I have read everywhere that the $RECYCLE.BIN folder, the System Volume Information folder and the desktop.ini files are safe but viruses can hide in these locations. I have also read online that if a your $RECYCLE.BIN folder is written like this: "$Recycle.Bin" instead of like this: "$RECYCLE.BIN" it means you're infected.
Here's my specific case:
I'm running Windows 10 and 2 desktop.ini files appear on my desktop. At first I tried to delete them but after researching I realised that would not solve it. I have a 1TB WD external hard drive wher I have olg photos, security copies and whatnot. I have seen both $Recycle.bin folder and a System Volume Information folders there. I do not have access to the System Volume Information one but I do have access to the $Recycle.bin one. In it there are 3 things. A Recycle Bin icon and two files with really long alphanumeric names separated by "-". I do not have access to any of them. I have ran a malwarebytes scan of the full system and nothing was detected. I also downloaded USBFix and I ran a scan after of which I was presented with some random french text which I think told me I was safe. Please help!