How to Fix Deleted Files & Folders That Keep Reappearing in Windows 10/8/7?

Your deleted files or folders keep reappearing in Windows computer? Then, you are at the right place! Go through this article and learn how to delete files and folders permanently which are keep coming back again and again after several deletions…

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“Last month I upgraded my Windows 7 computer to the latest OS Windows 10. A few weeks ago I have deleted a folder but the deleted folder reappeared. So, I deleted the folder again, but weird, it reappeared after a few days! I have deleted it a number of times, but it keeps reappearing again and again. Looks like this will be a never-ending story. What can I do to permanently get rid of this reappearing folder?”

Even though an exact cause behind the problem “Files & folders keep reappearing after deletion in Windows” is not determined, numerous Windows users have experienced this strange issue.

Typically, Windows users have come across this instance when they deleted a file or folder from the Recycle Bin, desktop or any partition; where the deleted file or folder keep reappearing in the same location after a few days. No matter how many times the user deletes it, the deleted file or folder shows up again and again.

There might be several reasons responsible for this odd behavior of deleted item. Since users are encountering this “file and folders keep reappearing after deletion in Windows” problem at different scenarios, here it is illustrated various troubleshooting technique to solve the issue on any version of Windows operating system including Windows 10, 8, 7, etc.

Solution 1: Change Permissions

  1. Right-click on the reappearing folder/file and select Properties.
  2. Switch to Security tab and click the Advanced button.
  3. Select Owner and choose Edit.
  4. Next, click on Change (link)
  5. Give access to Everyone, Apply changes and hit OK.
  6. Now, choose Edit option.
  7. Under Permission for SYSTEM, mark all permissions as Allow
  8. Apply the changes and click on OK

Note: Apply the above steps for the route folder which holds your deleted file or folder.

Method 2: Run Microsoft Safety Scanner Tool

Safety Scanner is a scanning tool designed by Microsoft to find and remove malware/malicious scripts from Windows-operated computers. So, when your deleted files and folders keep reappearing in Windows, you can download this free scanner and run it. Later, if the scanner finds any malware, you can undo the modifications made by detected threat.

How to Run Microsoft Safety Scanner?

Step 1: Download Microsoft Safety Scanner from the Threat protection page of Microsoft and open it.

Step 2: Select the type of scan you want among Quick scan, Full scan, and Customized scan and start the scanning process.

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Step 3: Review the scan results displayed on the screen.

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Note: In case if you have accidentally deleted an important file or folder from Windows 10 desktop or laptop then check this link – an easy way to recover deleted files in Windows 10.

Method 3: Modify Folder Option

  • Open My Computer or This PC
  • At the Menu Bar (top panel), you can see a View Click on it.
  • In the View Tab, you will find an option called Change folder and search options under Options. Select it.
  • In the appeared new window, switch to View tab
  • Under Hidden Files and Folders, enable the ‘Show hidden files, folders and drivers’ option
  • Disable “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
  • Click Apply, then OK button

Method 4: Repair Recycle Bin

Sometimes, if your Windows Recycle Bin is corrupted then also you may face “files and folders keep reappearing after deletion” problem even after emptying the Bin.

So, first modify Folder Option using the #method 3, then repair your corrupt Recycle Bin to fix this issue.

Steps to Repair Corrupt Recycle Bin:

  • Navigate to the drive/partition where you have installed Windows OS
  • Search $Recycle.Bin folder
  • Right-click on the $Recycle.Bin folder and select Delete
  • Opt Yes, if you are asked for the confirmation to delete it permanently
  • Next, click on the Continue button
  • When you are asked for the UAC confirmation, click Yes
  • In the Delete File wizard, check Do this for all current items and hit Yes

Now, reboot your computer, go to the Folder Options and revert the changes you made previously (reset to default settings).

Method 5: Turn Off Syncing

In case, you are using an online data storage services like Cloud computing, Dropbox, Windows 10 cloud or anything else then breathe easy! If so then it is common that you may experience such issues with deletion function on Windows computer due to the sync action.

To address this problem all you need to do is just turn off the syncing option in the online service.

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