Crazy amounts of searches

  1. mkj307's Avatar
    Posts : 51
    Windows 10 Home Ver 1803 Build 17134.228
       29 Feb 2016 #1

    Crazy amounts of searches

    I recently had a virus that wreaked havoc with my laptop. I was putting everything back in order when I noticed how messed up File Explorer was. It has the same folders under different headings. The worse part is under Searches/Everywhere & Searches/Indexed Please tell me there is a way to fix this. I don't think I can safely delete a lot of these files. Please see my screenshots. Please note the immense number of files.

    These are the specs of my laptop:

    Toshiba Satellite L775D PSK4OU-OOGOOP

    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1511 Build 10586.71 IE Version 11.63.10586.0CO
    Chrome Version 48.0.2564.103 m
    IE 11

    Boot Mode: Legacy BIOS in UEFI
    Secure boot not supported

    Board: Pegatron Corporation TKBSS 1.50
    Bus Clock: 100 MHz
    UEFI: American Megatrends Inc. 1.50 10/18/2011

    1.40 Gigahertz AMD A6-34OOM APU with Radeon HD graphics
    Graphics Chipset:AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6520G
    512 KB primary memory cache
    4096 secondary memory cache
    64=bit ready
    BIOS Version:
    BIOS Part Number:BR40547.bin
    BIOS Date:04/07/2011

    622.92 Usable hard drive
    528.99 GB hard drive free HL-DT=ST BDDVDRW CT31F OpticalDrive
    Hitachi HTS547564A9E384 hard drive 640.13 GB drive O, s/n 110817J2380053CHMYEC, Rev JEDOA6OB
    PCI to USB host controller 3x
    Standard open HCD USB host Controller 3x

    6 GB RAM

    C: NTSF on drive O 622.92 GB

    ATA Channel 0
    ATA Channel 1
    Standard dual channel PCI IDE Controller
    Standard SATA AHCI Controller

    MS Storage spaces controller.
    Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host
    AMD Radeon HD 6520G Display Adapter
    Generic PnP monitor 17.1 vis.

    AMD HD Audio Device
    Realtek HD Audio
    Microphone Realtek HD Audio
    Speakers Realtek HD Audio
    Toshiba Web Camera MP

    MS AC Adapter
    MS ACPI -Compliant Control Method Battery
    HID-Compliant Consumer Control Device 2x
    HID-Compliant Wireless Radio Controls
    Toshiba Hotkey Driver
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Synaptics PS/2 Port Touchpad Mouse
    Send to OneNote 2010
    MS Device Association Root Enumerator
    MS GS Wavetable Synth
    MS IPv4 IPv6 Transition Adapter Bus
    MS Radio Device Enumeration Bus
    MS RRAS Root Enumerator
    USB Composite Device
    USB Root Hub 6x
    Generic Volume Shadow Copy

    Realtek RTL8188CE Wireless LAN 802
    Teredo Tunneling Psuedo-Interface

    HP Envy 100 All-in-One D410 Series
    HP Officejet Pro 8600 All-in-One

    Norton 360 Norton Anti Virus Version
    Malware Anti-Malware Version
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  2.    01 Mar 2016 #2

    Hi mkj307,

    I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for, but a large number of those entries seem to be shortcuts only. All of the files that have that small arrow on it, are shortcuts and should be safe to delete.

    I was putting everything back in order when I noticed how messed up File Explorer was.
    I noted when I was looking at your screenshots, you had a couple of Registry modification files on your Desktop. If you merged these with the Registry while you were putting things back together, then perhaps that might account for some of this. If so, you might want to look at using System Restore and see if that helps.

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  3. mkj307's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home Ver 1803 Build 17134.228
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       01 Mar 2016 #3


    Thanks for your answer. I didn't change the registry but Norton "fixed" it. What should I do with the registry items? Do you know?

    It won't let me post a reply on here.
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  4.    01 Mar 2016 #4

    Hi mkj307,

    If you're asking about the registry modification files on your Desktop, which are visible on your screenshot, those should be fine to delete if you don't need them for anything. In fact, it appears that it's just one file and one shortcut to another (or same) reg file.

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    ...but Norton "fixed" it.
    Are you saying that Norton was able to fix the issues that you originally posted about?
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  5. mkj307's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home Ver 1803 Build 17134.228
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       01 Mar 2016 #5

    I am saying it got rid of the virus but only fixed the registry.
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  6.    01 Mar 2016 #6

    I do apologize, but I'm still unclear as to exactly what issue is.

    I've looked over your screenshots a couple of times and I think I'm missing the problem. Admittedly, I'm not as familiar with Windows Search as many others, as I use a third party utility, but I just don't see or realize the problem.

    To me, it appears that you have your Search folder open with the Navigation Pane displayed along the left side. In screenshot #1, of your first post, you have the Recycle Bin selected from the entries along the left pane. The files in the middle of screenshot #1 are the contents of the Recycle Bin.

    I'm wondering if perhaps you never had the Navigation Pane activated before, so the folder perhaps looks more full or crowded than before?

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  7. mkj307's Avatar
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       01 Mar 2016 #7

    I'm sorry the first screenshot is incorrect. The second one is Under searches/indexed & so is the third item. Here is a screenshot of This PC/C:/users/mkj/searches/everywhere & in the far right column is over 263,000 files:

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  8.    02 Mar 2016 #8

    in the far right column is over 263,000 files:
    Yes, they appear to be Internet temp files associated with your User folder.

    I tried to duplicate what you did, however I don't seem to have a folder titled "Everywhere," so am not able to go further then the Searches folder. Again, I'm not too familiar with Windows search, so I might be off in the directory.

    Anyhow, I still don't think there's a problem, at least not that I can see. From the above screen shot, those files within the center all seem to be website related, and could very well be temporary files that you can delete.

    You might try running the Disk Clean up utility and then re-check it (Type in Desk Clean Up within 'search')

    The files within the middle of the window will be associated with which ever folder that you have selected to the left. That should give you an idea of what type they might be.

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  9. mkj307's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home Ver 1803 Build 17134.228
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       02 Mar 2016 #9

    I already deleted all temporary files & the recycle bin. It didn't affect the massive number of files under searches.
    I haven't tried disk clean up yet I'll do that Thank you for your help.
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