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Norton Protected Recycle Bin Pains

By ving ยท 7 replies
Aug 21, 2005
  1. I just upgraded my xp machine sp2 to Norton 2005 from Norton Systeworks with Norton Protected Recycle Bin. I made the big mistake and I didn't disable said utility prior to systemworks uninstall. The result is that my recycle bin is still called "Norton protected Recycle bin", but it doesn't open with a double click (I have to right click on it and select open) and the associated nprotect folder still shows on my second hard drive when I do a virus scan but I can't seem to locate and erase with explore....
    I was able to rename the folder to Recycle Bin but those other 2 big annoyances still persist. I'm aware that Norton offers advice on this, unfortunately it involves uninstalling and reinstalling Norton 2005.

    Does anybody know of a method to restore the Recycle Bin to its default without doing that?

  2. xplsivchocolate

    xplsivchocolate TS Rookie

    i wish i did

    i wish i did
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,452

    AFAIK you should be able to rightclick on the Recycle Bin on your desktop, select properties and disable the Norton bin. You need to do this for EVERY drive that has a bin on it (should also be accessible within properties). Finally I think you can rename it again, or that is done automatically when you disable the Norton function.
    You can also delete all the Norton protected files AFAIK (they are not the real files, just references).
    To be sure, just take a restore point before you start.
  4. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Posts: 243

    if you cant access recycle bin and if wat RealBlackStuff told you to do, doesn't work then you can permanently delete files by pressing Shift Key and delete.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 5,746   +14

    just click on it and disable it. :knock:
  6. alka

    alka TS Rookie

    norton protected bin

    i cannot double click and also cannot right click the norton protected recycle bin.. anyone knows whats the problem and how to solve it ?
    many thanks !! :dead:
  7. neutroncore

    neutroncore TS Rookie

    the NPROTECT folder is hidden by default, so if you cannot see it, go to your folder options

    tools [menu within explorer, or use control panel | folder options] > folder options > View tab

    click the radio button for Hidden files and folders > Show hidden files and folders

    Click OK

    then ..

    try cutting and pasting the NPROTECT folder into the parent folder, i.e.

    go into RECYCLER/

    cut NPROTECT

    press backspace to go up one folder


    delete the NPROTECT folder, empty your recycle bin.

    hope this helps

  8. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    I am having similar problems... BUT WORSE. Every time i right click on my recycle bin to "purge my files" my explorer crashes!
    I used to be able to free 1gig by purging, and i need that now more than ever seen as a few gigs have gone missing.
    I really would like to know what files are deleated when you "purge" your files. Is there any way i can manually do that?
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