“Recycler” and “Trash-1000” are these viruses and how to remove them?

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I have a problem with "Recycler" and "Trash-1000".

These two kinds of folders are spread in every drive and when I delete them they normally got deleted but after a while they automatically get restored.

Are  these viruses and how can I get rid of this problem?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #115780

“Recycler” and “Trash-1000” are these viruses and how to remove them?


HI Jeniferestress,

  1. These files are not viruses and it shouldn’t affect your PC. The “Recycler” folder is usually a hidden folder containing all the files that you have deleted under that directory or location. This is beneficial in case you want to restore the deleted files.
  2. You may do that by going to the Recycle Bin then right click on the file and select Restore. Then it will go to its previous location prior to deletion.
  3. For the “.Trash-1000” folder, I presume you are using a Linux flavored OS. This folder is created once you delete a file from your USB. This will allow you to restore the files in case you accidentally deleted it.

However, if you want to permanently delete the “Recycler” and the “.Trash-100” folders, try the following 

  1. Select the files then hold the Shift button then press Delete.
  2. This will permanently delete the files and you will not recover it anymore.

Hope this helps.


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Answered By 0 points N/A #115782

“Recycler” and “Trash-1000” are these viruses and how to remove them?


Recycler and Trash-1000 is both a system folder. Usually these system folders only resides on the system directory but not on the USB flash drive or in the other drives in your computer system.

Most probably if this Recycler folder creates a folder in your inserted USB flash drive in your computer, your computer is infected with a virus.

Although these are system folders, we cannot still trust the folder. Sometimes viruses use system directories to fool the users on thinking that this folder or file is important because it is commonly used by the operating system.

Scan your computer with the latest and updated Antivirus software to make sure that you are not infected with a virus.

Answered By 572345 points N/A #115784

“Recycler” and “Trash-1000” are these viruses and how to remove them?


This is not only a virus but a worm precisely. I’m not sure why a worm successfully penetrated your system if you have a good antivirus. A worm is a type of virus that stores itself on every drive you have.

It first infects your computer’s system drive, drive C. This type doesn’t immediately infect system files or any files in the drive and will only reside and hide itself in the drive’s restore folder or the System Volume Information folder located in the root of the drive. It will instantly infect the entire restore information of the drive.

I encounter this most of the time but I always get rid of it with my Norton Internet Security software. Whenever you encounter this type, it can easily be removed by the antivirus so immediately update your antivirus and then scan the affected drive.

Then to prevent future infections of this type, disable the drive’s restore option.

You can do this by right-clicking My Computer then select Properties. Select System Restore tab. Select the drive you want to disable and then click Settings. Uncheck “Turn off System Restore on this drive” and then click OK.

This will now prevent your computer from being infected with this type but doing this will also prevent you from restoring your drive to a previous state.

Since in your case all your drives are already infected, the only solution I see is to save your clean data files, format your hard drive, and then install Windows again.

I was already infected with a type of worm before and it’s so serious that my antivirus already alerts me that it cannot remove all the infection on the computer and it requires the user’s assistance to eliminate the threat.

That’s why I was forced to format the entire hard drive but still was able to save my data files.

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