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Gawayne Top Student
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I recently noticed that some files and also folders are appearing in various folders on my pc, these are in the form of either duplicate files or shortcut to folders which appear dull in colur to other folders. I scanned for viruses but the results claim that there are none. There sizes range from 0 bytes up GB. Is this some kind of virus? what can i do?

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Hi,

 

No, this is the way Windows 10 works. You can turn them off by remove Recent Files (files/folders/drives). Please try:

 

    http://www.howtogeek.com/236711/how-to-turn-off-recent-items-and-frequent-places-in-windows-10/

 

or shorter way:

   

  • Open File Explorer
  • Go to the View section from the top bar
  • Click on Options
  • Look for the “Open File Explorer to” dropdown
  • Click on the drop-down and change “Quick Access” to “This PC” and click on OK
  • After that, close File Explorer and reopen it to see the change in action.

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Thank you for assisstance however i've tried the methods suggested and the problem is stiil there. i think its more than just quick accessCapture.PNG

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Hi,

 

From your screenshot, there are few system files/folders, they should be hidden.  Please go to File Explorer, click View and untick Hidden files.

 

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Every computer has some files are the same name because software is similar from one computer to the next. Some times I use Duplicate Files Deleter.

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thanks for sharing the steps, now i am able to click on the file explorer and the the 'working on it'  sign no more appear and no longer need to wait.:ThumbUp:

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