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Greetings,

While I would not advise doing so as some malware will use the Recycle Bin to hide backups of their files to restore if the threat is removed, you can exclude it.

To do so, you must open a folder in Windows Explorer and click Organize in the navigation bar at the top and select Folder and Search Options.  In the Folder Options dialog click the View tab and select Show hidden files, folders, and drives then uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and click Apply then confirm when prompted.

Next, open Malwarebytes and navigate to Settings>Exclusions and click Add Exclusion and leave the default option selected and click Select Folder... then browse to the root of the drive where Windows is installed (usually C:) and you should see a folder there called $Recycle.Bin; that's the folder you want to exclude.  Note: If you have other drives attached to the system or other partitions/drive letters where files are stored you'll need to navigate to the root of those drives as well and exclude the same $Recycle.Bin folder within them as the Recycle Bin in Windows is actually a separate folder on each drive which are all controlled via the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop but files deleted from each drive are stored within the $Recycle.Bin folder in the root of the drive where the files are being deleted from.

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exile,

Thanks for the reply.

I hadn't thought of what you said about some malware using the recycle bin.

I guess the smarter option is to not exclude it but just empty it more often or reduce its size to speed up the scans.

Have a good week,

Rob

 

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Yes, all of the locations included in the Threat scan are there for good reasons.  They are deliberately checked because the Malwarebytes Research team has discovered those locations being used by real threats in the wild, and whenever a new location is found to be used, it gets added to the database so that it is automatically checked by the Threat scan.  Likewise, when a location hasn't been used by any threats in a really long time, the Research team will remove that location from the database so that it isn't checked by default which will improve scan times.

Also, emptying the Recycle Bin as well as clearing temp folders can definitely help speed up your scans.  In fact, if you run a temp cleaning tool like CCleaner or the Disk Cleanup tool built into Windows you can clean up a lot of the temporary storage locations that Malwarebytes and other scanners like to check (because the bad guys often use them) and this will reduce your scan times, sometimes very significantly depending on how much data was being stored there.

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You're very welcome, I'm glad to be of service :)

If you need any details on using CCleaner or the Disk Cleanup tool, just let me know and I'll provide some info and instructions for you.  Clearing out your temp files etc. occasionally is a good idea.  It keeps things tidy, frees up disk space and also removes a lot of the traces and history of your usage and activities, which is a good thing since you may not want such info to be accessible, especially if your system ever got any sort of spyware infection which might attempt to harvest such data.

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Good, and yes, preserving cookies is a good idea if you don't want to have to re-enter your credentials on websites you visit on a regular basis (such as these forums and other sites like Amazon and your web email account(s) etc.).  I actually include info about that in my instructions for running CCleaner.

You also might want to check and make sure that CCleaner didn't install any extras like the Google Toolbar when you installed it as the installer tends to come bundled with such things (nothing overtly malicious, just added stuff that you may or may not want like Chrome, the Google Toolbar etc.).

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