Errant folder synchronization can lead to some weird and ghostly effects on networked PCs. Here are some cures.
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Deleted folders spontaneously reappearing
Reader Silvio Nardoni’s PC seems possessed: ghosts of deleted folders keep reappearing.
“I have a small-office network with a Windows 7 machine acting as my ‘server.’ Over the past couple of weeks, the server has been behaving oddly. If I move a folder into the folder where I keep archived files, the next morning it shows up again in its original directory.
“Deleting this phantom folder does no good. The next morning, it’s back. Has anyone else experienced this problem? My IT consultant says that it’s a phenomenon with no known solution.”
Your problem with zombie folders suggests that one or more of the PCs on your network has drive or folder synchronization enabled — perhaps unintentionally.