My previous post was about the Recycler folder in Windows XP. The folder $recycle.bin in Windows 8 is similar to the recycler folder in Windows XP.
Even though you might consider it as virus, it is not actually a virus. It is a system folder created by Windows to hold temporary files which are deleted.
Which means that if you delete any file or folder, it will be placed inside $recycle.bin folder as a backup until you delete it permanently or restore it back.
But there’s slight difference in the recycler folder and $recycle.bin folder.
The recycler folder will be visible if and only if you choose to display ‘hidden files and folders‘. But $recycle.bin folder is not going to be visible even if you choose to display ‘hidden files and folders’.
This is because the $recycle.bin folder has an additional system file attribute along with hidden attribute.
The only way you can view $recycle.bin folder is by following these steps:
- Open any folder.
- Click view tab on top.
- Select Hidden Items
- Click on Options
- Click on view tab
- And deselect ‘Hide protected operating system files (recommended)’
- Click Ok.
- Click Apply.
If you select, ‘Hide protected operating system files (recommended)’ then all system protected files including $recycle.bin will be hidden even if ‘show hidden files and folders’ option is selected.
And if you have any doubt that your computer might be infected, i would recommend you to try out antimalwarebytes and scan your computer.