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annoying and confusing problem - IE creates links folder

By Deer Dance14
Sep 30, 2003
  1. annoying and confusing problem

    Hi everyone,
    I have a problem i need some suggestions on because it baffles me to the max.
    A few days ago this started happening, out of the blue. Everytime i open my internet explorer window, and under favorites, this Links folder keeps being created. I can delete it, but everytime i start up a new IE window its there again. Anyone know how I can stop this?
    Thanks
     
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    This happens to me too :mad: Dont know how to fix it tho :D
     
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Well it depends on the folder. It can be a folder created by an application ( such as ICQ ), it could be a folder created by a Spyware infested program.

    One way to "get rid" of it, is to go to your Favorites folder on C:\Documents And Setting\<user_name>\Favorites & clicking on the folder's properties & setting it to Invisible. It is still present, so the application in question will not recreate & you will not see the folder when using IE.

    C:\Documents And Setting is an example, replace it with the drive letter of the partition on which you installed your OS.
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Follow the above advice and check your PC with Spybot Search & Destroy.
    Then go to http://www.avantbrowser.com/ and download their browser. You will never use IE again!

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  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,209   +424

    Your quickest solution would be to simply right click the Links folder and hide it as Didou suggested. If it doesn't disappear immediately then it shouldn't be there the next time you launch IE.
     
  6. Charles Hammond

    Charles Hammond TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Sometimes you download something on the Internet and it adds a program to your startup folder to make new links every time you turn your computer on. This is really a pain. Some of these things are related to those stupid sites with the dancing girl. Those are the hardest to get rid of. They play with the attributes and make their files read only so you cant delete them. Sometimes you do not even know you downloaded anything.
     
  7. Deer Dance14

    Deer Dance14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    thanks i'll give it a try when i get home.

    the folder is always called Links by the way.
     
  8. Casis

    Casis TS Rookie

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