I have a folder with no name on my Windows desktop. The name is literally empty:

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I'd like to get rid of this. Oh, easy you say? Well here's where things get interesting. First, if I click on it and hit Delete, it just comes back within a day, like a zombie coming back from the dead.

Okay, great maybe I can hide it or something. Well, if I try to right click on it to modify the folder properties, it becomes clear this isn't actually a real file:

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If I select "Create shortcut", nothing happens. If I double click on it to try to open it, nothing happens. What does the actual file system look like, you ask? Nothing:

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Any ideas on how to kill this thing once and for all?

Update:

Contents of desktop.ini:

[LocalizedFileNames]
migwiz.lnk=@%windir%\system32\migwiz\wet.dll,-588

Contents of Public folder desktop.ini:

[.ShellClassInfo]
LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21799

Another Update:

I can Cut the folder and paste it somewhere else on the desktop. If I paste the folder to some other folder on my disk, I get this helpful error:

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    If you have a look inside desktop.ini you may see the definition of the "folder". This happens after a restart? Or even if you leave the system running? – Julian Knight Jun 24 '15 at 20:56
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    Try dir /ah C:\Users\Public\Desktop – Steven Jun 24 '15 at 21:01
  • @Steven - Same thing. Just one desktop.ini hidden file (no normal files) – Mike Christensen Jun 24 '15 at 21:07
  • @JulianKnight - Added the contents of both desktop.ini files to the post. – Mike Christensen Jun 24 '15 at 21:09
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    I don't like to be a naysayer but ... no AV is perfect. You should check manually for odd things running and maybe run some anti-malware checks too. – Julian Knight Jun 24 '15 at 21:22
up vote 13 down vote accepted

According to this discussion, this issue seems to be related to remnants of an old Microsoft Office 2010 installation.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/256250-random-empty-folder-keeps-appearing-desktop.html

The fix suggests searching the registry for 138508BC-1E03-49EA-9C8F-EA9E1D05D65D and removing occurrences.

Going to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\

and removing these keys:

138508BC-1E03-49EA-9C8F-EA9E1D05D65D

0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7

appears to have taken care of this bizarre problem.

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    Would be nice if what these keys did were documented somewhere. Removing keys with arbitrary/cryptic GUIDs seems scary. – Journeyman Geek Jan 9 '17 at 0:31

Had the same error here. Not a folder icon though but an empty file icon.

Did a full system scan for malware / virus: Nothing.

I then deleted the two regdb keys as mentioned in the suggestion/tip above and the problem went away immediately.

Deleted entries

  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace{0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7}] @="Microsoft OneNote Namespace Extension for Windows Desktop Search"

  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace{138508bc-1e03-49ea-9c8f-ea9e1d05d65d}] @="MAPI Shell Folder"

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