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What is this "Web Folders" Icon in My Computer and How Do I Remove It?

After installing a bunch of software required for work, I noticed that I had a new icon under “My” Computer that I hadn’t noticed before. What is this Web Folders icon, and how do I get rid of it?

Web Folders is a component that allows you to connect to WebDAV or SharePoint servers and access or modify files on them. If you don’t use those features or don’t use the icon, then there’s really no point in letting it waste space, so we’ll just remove it with a quick registry hack.

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Manual Registry Hack

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
                  CurrentVersion\explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

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Below that key you will find a key with the name {BDEADF00-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}, and all you have to do is delete it, preferably after exporting a copy of the key just in case.

Hit refresh in Computer and you’ll see that the icon is gone. To restore it, use the download below.

Download Registry Hack

Just download, extract, and double-click on RemoveWebFolders.reg to enter the information into the registry. The icon should now be gone. To restore, just use the RestoreWebFolders.reg file instead.

Download RemoveWebFolders Registry Hack

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  • Published 02/21/08

Comments (34)

  1. Michael

    Great job on the site, the regular updates here are always insightful!

  2. The Geek

    Thanks!

  3. Chris

    I have Home Basic and don’t have this ‘Web Folder’ you talk about

  4. The Geek

    @Chris

    Not everybody has the folder, it depends on what software you have installed. I simply wrote this for those people that do have it and are wondering how to get rid of it.

  5. Steph

    Any tips on how to *change* a web folder icon? I’ve been through all the network settings I can find, there’s nothing but a general tab under Rclick->properties.. help? :) Thanks!

  6. darrel

    thank you for helping me with the steps to delete WEB FOLDER icon from My computer window …thx again

  7. Dave

    Both solutions did not work. Help.

  8. rohan

    Workd like a charm!
    thnx very much!

  9. Starkiller

    didn’t have a web-folder on my system, but I had an entry from “Nero scout” there, which I never used, got rid of it this way, thx (the actual name is on the right in clear text)

  10. Jason

    Hey thank you for the tip. It worked like a charm.

  11. artful

    Both solutions did not work for me either – the icon appeared in explorer after the computer got infected with the srosa trojan, which I finally got rid of, but now I can’t get rid of “Web Folders”

  12. Zeff

    If this didn’t work…
    Also try finding the value in :
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace]
    as well as HKLM.

  13. Mike

    How did you get web folders to begin with?! I need it!

  14. Tarek

    Thanks

  15. Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed

    As Zeff said .

  16. reza

    thanks thanks thanks a lot a lot alot
    I love you
    merci

  17. msraju

    thank you for give a super idea. It is working 100%.

  18. Mattie

    Click Start/Run and type “webfldrs.msi /uninstall” (without the quotes)

  19. Franco

    Thanks! I had been looking for this for months… very useful :)

  20. malik

    thank u very much.i got rid of the web folder.

  21. iMike

    @Zeff it worked, thanks a lot, good work. I am really happy now.

  22. UDAYA SAGAR

    not worked……………………………..

  23. Anton

    Its working…
    but with also delete [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace]
    thanks.. !!!

  24. veeru

    really worked super…thnx…

  25. Shaival

    Thanx Anton

  26. piyush

    Thanks its fine ,
    how easy it is.
    i ccan’t believe

  27. Dk.sam

    hello…
    first thanks for the tip i really tried to work it up but it still there i have xp software plz tall me what to do as soon as any one have another solution Thanks. =)

  28. Dk.sam

    @Zeff….you are the man,thanks every one so much.

  29. Pedro

    Hi guys and galls , i did all the solutions here and none solved my problem .
    At registry “namespace” i only have 3 registry keys for portable devices and scanners , none of them are related to this folder on explorer .
    i applyed the reg file but didnt solve nothing .
    also looked for HKLM and nothing there .
    tryed on run command to uninstall webfldrs.msi but i recieve this message :
    “This patch package could not be opened. Verify that the patch package exists and you can access it , or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid windows installer patch package” .

    anyone have more solutions to try here ?

    Thanks a lot

  30. Pedro

    got it , i was more complicated but it worked , if you have the same problem as me then follow these steps :

    Remove this key from registry :

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Clsid\{BDEADF00-C265-11d0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}

    then goto explorer and do the refresh

    if the folder appears as system folder then click with right button on mouse in it and delete it .

  31. john-1234

    I have a better idea of removing web folders in windows xp it is 1000000% successful,working,correct,safe
    and best.

    ” Let say you have only one windows installed on your system in drive C: ” . Mine is different so you must know your home drive letter.

    1. Go to your WINDOWS Directory folder and then go to SYSTEM32 folder.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32.

    2. Now find a file name ” webfldrs.msi ” and run it!

    C:\WINDOWS\system32\webfldrs.msi.

    3. Now You Have Three Options To Select.Select The “3rd One”

    => Remove All

    4. Follow the onscreen instruction.

    &

    “You Are Done”

    I GUARANTEE YOU THAT “WEB FOLDERS” WILL BE REMOVED FROM YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM…!

  32. Mumin

    Thanks ever so much, the .reg entries are BRILLIANTLY USEFUL becuase the WF icon does sometimes decide to resurrect itself spontaneously at times. Thanks once again, and tweeted.

  33. Edgar

    Thanks for the tip, “web folders” –> removed =)..
    greetings from Guatemala

  34. ebrahim

    Thank you Thank you Thank you
    We have helped me a great deal!
    I wish you luck and greetings to you.

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