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How to remove recycler and system vol info folders

How to remove these virus folders

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  • nilesh33 Jan 16, 2009

    oh.thanks ....friend ......i have macfee so i wil try with updated version


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RECYCLER and System Volume Information are Windows' system folders and should not be deleted in any circumstances.

Folder resycled is a folder created by a virus, and these folders should not be mistaken.

If you want your operating system to stay alive, do not alter system files unless you know what exactly are you doing. Since you are asking how to delete these files, you obviously don't.


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What antivirus do you have? most of them can easy remove it... i had the sam problem... but here is a list of antivirus programs, i know that they can remove it:
Norton Antivirus, and internet security
Kaspersky Antivirus, and internet security
ESET Smart security /can only stop these virus from coping itsepf on the PC, but can not delete it if you install it later.../

as i know Recycler is not that dangerous... but it is a pain in the ***... you can also try to delete ot from the registry /in safe mode/

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Hi Guyz This Is Kenreves
well i'm very old victim of  this particular virus
i've already tried lots of Antiviruses such as

but all these are sucks

Only solution for these ***** folders is to

1.boot your system through Win98 Bootabel CD.
2.Start Computer With CD-ROM Support.
3.Move To C:\
4.type "cd recycler/recycled/system~1".
5.type "attrib/s -h -s -a -r".
6.type "deltree ."   >  press "y".
7.follow above steps for System Volume Information Folder too.
8.Also Do Same For all other Drives Like D:\ , E:\ , F:\,
     but you won't be able to remove it from USB Flash Drive,All you have to Fromat it.

don't worry about System Volume Information Folder
it's not necessary for Windows

Cheers Up With Kenreaves!!!!

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