AVG AV Scans

  Peter Lanky 18:18 29 Mar 2009

When my AVG does a daily scan, there are always around 70 warnings. The files referred to seem to be part of an ancient backup with the path showing as: "G:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-821691354-3528966088-3105402907-1001\$R5RJ9WZ\Backup Set 2007-04-12 121112\Backup Files 2007-04-12 121112\Backup files 1.zip";"Found Tracking cookie.Adrevolver";"Potentially dangerous object"

Now as far as I know, I don't have a recycle bin on my G drive (somebody may put me right here), nor do I have any files or paths remotely like the one above. AVG obviously thinks these files are present so how do I view them and eventually get rid of them?

  brundle 18:36 29 Mar 2009

Vista or XP?

This is for Vista - but XP also has the cleanup manager.

Use Cleanup on drive G:

Start men/run, type


Choose Files From All Users, then select drive G:

Ensure Recycle Bin is ticked then click OK.

  woodchip 18:42 29 Mar 2009

All Drives have a Storage area for deleted files, that is termed the recycle bin, although you may not see it.

PS it does not delete files when you press delete it just sets the area on the drive as free to use. info for it is stored in the above bin

  birdface 18:52 29 Mar 2009

Maybe run C Cleaner.G Drive is that an external drive or do you mean C drive.
If C Drive.My Computer.Right click C Drive.properties.Disc clean up.Ok

  Peter Lanky 20:59 29 Mar 2009

Using Vista. I've already done a disk cleanup, but the files are still present. Drive G is a hard drive - I have 3 of them.

  brundle 21:12 29 Mar 2009

Open a command prompt with a right click and select "Run As Administrator".

type the following command

rd G:\$RECYCLE.BIN /s /q

press return.

  brundle 21:14 29 Mar 2009

Actually, omit the "/q", just to be on the safe side. Otherwise everything will be deleted without requiring confirmation

  Peter Lanky 14:42 30 Mar 2009

This appears to have done the trick. I am interested to know the background to this. Even in command prompt, I couldn't see $recycle.bin even when typing dir g:\ to view the contents of my G: drive. Are there any other consequences of removing $recycle.bin?

  brundle 15:15 30 Mar 2009

It's hidden for a reason

Different user accounts have their own record of deleted files, recycle bin location and size - the long number starting S- you saw in your AVG scan is a Security Identifier used by Windows - a unique number for each account.

Deleting it as described above empties all deleted files for all accounts recycle bins. Sometimes files from a deleted account, or (in the case of a removeable drive) an account with a different SID perhaps on another PC are left behind.

  brundle 15:17 30 Mar 2009

A new folder will be created if required.

  Peter Lanky 15:47 30 Mar 2009

Thanks everyone.

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