How To Remove Autorun Recycler Virus from Windows

Sometimes you might find a folder called recycler in the root directory of all disks available on your computer (Mainly in hard disk drives and USB drives). 

Most people have a misconception that recycler is a Computer Virus, however its not true. The recycler is nothing but a system folder which is used to keep all deleted data.

In simple words, it means if you delete anything on your D drive then the data will be moved inside a hidden folder called recycler which is in the root directory of D drive. If you open this folder, you can find all deleted images, files, videos, etc.

Recycler Virus with System Volume Information

Along with recycler you can find another folder called System Volume Information. It contains the system restoration information.

The recycler and system volume information folders have the attribute ‘hidden’ by default in Windows XP. So you can only see them if you choose to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows XP.

But in Windows 8, these folders have a new name as well as new stealth mode. So these folders are not visible even if you choose to ‘Show Hidden files and folders in Windows 8’.

But recycler is a virus, isn’t it ?

Recycler Virus ExampleSometimes autorun viruses hide themselves inside recycler folder. If you find any executable file such as RECYCLER.exe then that particular file is a virus. Also if your computer is infected with a recycler.exe virus, you might find a vbs file or an autorun file with the following content in it:

[AutoRun]
open=RECYCLER.exe
shellexecute=RECYCLER.exe
shellAutocommand=RECYCLE.exe

If you encounter these type of files, then your computer might be infected with a recycler virus. But remember that the recycler folder is not itself a virus. Its a system folder.

Should I Delete Recycler?

As i said, its a system folder. And it is required by the system. So if you try and delete it. It will again appear on a system reboot. You don’t need to delete the recycler folder or the system volume information folder. Remember that recycler folder is a system folder while recycler.exe is the recycler virus which you should delete.

So How Do I Delete RECYCLER.exe ?

First of all, do not execute any instance of recycler virus ( recycler.exe ). This particular file is an executable file with a ‘folder’ icon. So you might double click on it with the intention of opening the folder. But it turns out to be a process. So when you double click, the virus is executed and remains active. It adds itself to your Windows startup programs list. And thus the recycler virus will be executed each time you run the Operating System.

If recycler virus is active, then no matter how many times you delete it, it will re-appear and create a copy of itself everywhere on the disk drive.

  1. So first Kill the process by opening Task Manager.
  2. Open task manager(right click on taskbar, select task manager). Go in processes tab
  3. Find recycler.exe
  4. Right click on it and click end process
  5. Open start menu > run > type msconfig > hit enter > go to startup tab.
  6. If recycler.exe is present in the list, then uncheck it.
  7. Open start menu > all programs > startup folder.
  8. If you find recycler.exe there, then delete it.
  9. Boot your computer in Safe Mode by hitting “F8” until the “Advanced Boot Options” menu appears. Select “Safe Mode” from the prompt.
  10. Now search your computer for recycler.exe
  11. And delete each and every instance of it if you find any.
  12. Restart your computer.
  13. And install a proper Anti-virus or Anti-malware.

There are other methods to remove recycler virus, but it involves messing with the system registry. But i prefer the graphical method rather than registry and command line.

And it works, if it doesn’t then either you didn’t do it right or its not at all a recycler virus ( recycler.exe ). But if you need any help, comment on this thread below and i will try and help asap.

What’s the case with Recycler and Windows 8 ?

That’s a subject for next thread. Check tomorrow or day after tomorrow for a new thread. Thanks for reading.

Update: How To Remove $Recycle.bin Virus from Windows 8

How To See Hidden Password Behind Asterisks

Today almost all browsers come with a feature which allows the user to save website password. So when the user tries to access that particular website, the username and password field is already populated with the previously entered information.

Though this feature is helpful and saves your time, it is not really a secure option. If you have a personal computer then there’s no problem in using this feature. But if your device is used by different users then its really bad idea to save password on the web browser.

Because its really quite simple to extract the password by running a simple JavaScript.

#1) Using Javascript

In this post i will provide a simple JavaScript that you can use to retrieve or expose the hidden password. This can really be useful to recall the password in case you have forgotten it or if you want to know the password of someone else’s account (assuming that you have access to the PC and the user had stored the login details in the browser before).

First access the web page which contains the login credentials. An example image is shown below.

login to gmail omkar bhagat

Now in the address bar, type in the following:

javascript:

Check the image below.

javascript in address bar

After typing javascript and colon, just give a space and copy paste the following code in front of it.

var p=r(); function r(){var g=0;var x=false;var  x=z(document.forms);g=g+1;var w=window.frames;for(var  k=0;k<w.length;k++) {var x = ((x) ||  (z(w[k].document.forms)));g=g+1;}if (!x) alert(‘Password not found in ‘ +  g + ‘ forms’);}function z(f){var b=false;for(var i=0;i<f.length;i++)  {var e=f[i].elements;for(var j=0;j<e.length;j++) {if (h(e[j]))  {b=true}}}return b;}function h(ej){var s=”;if  (ej.type==’password’){s=ej.value;if (s!=”){prompt(‘The Password is ‘,  s)}else{alert(‘Password is blank’)}return true;}}

So it would result into something like this:

paste javascript in address bar

Then after just hit Enter. This would show you the password as follows:

display password behind asterisk

#2) Using Inspect Element

First access the web page which contains the login credentials. An example image is shown below.

login to gmail omkar bhagat

Right Click on the password field and hit Inspect Element.

inspect element to show password

After clicking on inspect element, you will get a window at the bottom of your browser. It would look similar to the image below:

input type password field

Double Click on ‘password‘ text.

edit input type password

Now hit Backspace and hit Enter.

This would expose the password field. That is, all asterisk or dotted mask will be removed. And the original password hidden under the asterisk or dots will be exposed as shown in the image below.

expose the password field

So i hope this helps. If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to comment below. And do subscribe to blog updates for more amazing tricks and posts.

How To Block Pop-ups in Web Browser

In this post, I am going to talk about internet pop ups. Also we will see how to block internet popups.

First of all, What are Internet Pop ups?

Internet Popups are kind of Advertisements in the form of JavaScript or Flash which will pop up in a new browser window as soon as you open a website. The main purpose of these popups is to gather more and more web traffic.

Popups can be irritating and sometimes can be dangerous. Some popups may direct you to websites which may cause harm to your computer. So it is better to block pop ups on your computer, Since most of the pop ups are just useless and sometimes harmful.

There are many third party software applications which are capable of blocking pop ups. You can try and use them. But i would recommend not to use any third party app for popups. Instead what you can do is just block popups inside your web browser settings.

Lets see how to do that.

How to Block Pop Ups in Internet Explorer ?

  1. Click on Settings Icon in the top right corner of Internet Explorer
  2. Click on Internet Options
  3. Click on Privacy tab
  4. And Select Turn on Popup Blocker
  5. Click Apply and Ok.
  6. And you are done!

internet explorer popup blocker

How to Block Pop Ups in Mozilla Firefox ?

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and Navigate to Options
  2. Click on Content Tab
  3. Select ‘Block pop-up windows’
  4. Click Apply and Ok.
  5. And you are done!

mozilla firefox popup blocker

How to Block Pop Ups in Google Chrome ?

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click on ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ option in the top right corner.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. At the very bottom you will find ‘Show Advanced Settings’ option. Click on it.
  5. Under Privacy, Click on Content Settings.
  6. Under Pop-ups, Select “Do not allow any site to show pop-ups (recommended)”
  7. Click on Done.

That is how you can configure your browser to block Pop Up advertisements. If you want to know more about website specific permissions for Google Chrome, then check out this post below –

Managing Website Permissions In Google Chrome