Solved Can I get rid of Dropbox?

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I was searching for a file using Everything and unexpectedly found it in a folder called Dropbox in C:\Users\(myname). I had no idea I had Dropbox. It contains a copy of My PC with many other files and folders. I found if I deleted a file in Dropox it deleted it from the original location and vice-versa. The Dropbox program itself doesn't appear to exist so I can't uninstall it. I'm confused with what's going on here. I understand Dropbox is for uploading to the cloud, but I don't want it. What do I do?
 

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Dropbox is online ... in the clouds ... (You have to log in to use it).
I'd say do nothing .... (until you need it)
 

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Is this a shared computer?

Do you have any icons on the bottom right that would indicate a dropbox app?
 

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Thank you for your replies.

Jay. I don't need it. I don't think I'll ever need it.

James. No, it's not shared, and there are no icons or anything on the laptop to indicate I have Dropbox.

However, I am able to log in to Dropbox! So I guess I have must have set up an account (?) The only way this could have happened is a while back when I wanted to send an email with a large attachment and I tried it out as a sharing app, not realising how it worked, then forgot about it.

OK, so as you can see, My PC and Shared folders are in there. If I delete these folders from within Dropbox, does it also delete the folders on my laptop? By the way, can you take a look at the other attachments and tell me if it's right to have so many duplicated folders. Surely this is crazy?
 

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I used to use Dropbox for sending Large Video attachments ... (In place of Email)
I now use Google Drive ... (It holds more).
Don't forget the login and password .. (if not too late :D)
 

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Thank you Jay. I found extensions that work with TBird for large files. I'm happy to use them. Could you help me with the other questions, re: unsubscribing from Dropbox and resetting the laptop folders as they would have been before subscribing to Dropbox. Is that possible?
 

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I don't see how to unsubscribe to Dropbox ....
My procedure has been to not use it.
This should also solve your folder problem.
 

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I have deleted the account. Apparently it can take up to 30 days for a response! Here's hoping.
 
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Shelly,

Just as an aside, I dumped Dropbox ages ago when they changed their policies. I'm an international traveler and I need to sync between a desktop and multiple laptops, and occasionally move files to/from my mobile phone. I settled on Sync.com. It's cross-platform, works well, and you can share attachments to others. It's also great for moving my pics from the mobile phone so I can access them on the other devices.
 

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Thanks for the input, but the problem is that Dropbox is still holding key folders. I'm worried that if I delete them from Dropbox I'll be deleting original folders and not copies or links. I looked at the properties of Desktop, Downloads and Documents under Aliisa-PC to see the location of each, see example "Desktop 01". If I try to restore these folders I get the message as seen in "Desktop 2", apart from Documents which was successful restored. I don't know what the difference is between that folder and the others.

This is annoying because I use characters like +, -, at the beginning of filenames and Dropbox won't allow it.

Is there somebody there who knows the working of Dropbox and can talk me through how to restore the folders and delete Dropbox?
 
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When DropBox installs it asks where you want the data stored. I can see that you have a DropBox folder on the C: drive. You already see the DropBox folder in Windows Explorer. The items are most likely duplicated there from other folders. When you uninstall DropBox from the PC, it does not delete this folder - it is not destructive. Once the app is removed from your PC, you can do whatever you want with the copies sitting in that folder.
 

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Hi KhunDoug. Thanks for your reply. I was advised above that this app is in the cloud, so there is no Dropbox app on the laptop. I'm unsure whether the folders in Dropbox are copies, links or master folders which the containing folders are linked to, so I don't know which to remove, or how. From Properties, it appears to be the latter but I'm looking for advice here.
 
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I never saw DropBox change the location of primary folders and have them redirected to it's home folder. That doesn't mean that it did not, and I am relatively sure you don't recall how it was installed. The good thing is the app is no longer there. That means the data in the cloud is now out of date and out of sync with the live data. The cloud copies will serve as a type of backup in the case you lose the laptop or the disk fails. As I said, I ditched DropBox and moved to Sync.com, and I don't regret the choice.

If I understand what you really want to do is to remove that DropBox folder from your PC. A simple method would be to copy the DropBox folder to a flash drive or some other disk. I would then rename the DropBox folder to something else like "DroBox Remove Later". If that works then nothing was open and locked at the time. Check the folders you believe were shadowed in the DropBox folder and make sure everything is there. If so, then you are free to remove the DropBox folder.

I look forward to hearing back. Your problem has me intrigued.
 

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OK. I backed up the contents to an SD card, then renamed Dropbox "deleteme Dropbox". I then deleted the contents of "deleteme Dropbox" one folder at a time, ending with deleting "deleteme Dropbox" itself.

I've been left with the following problems -

1) I have lost access to Downloads. Clicking on the folder produces the dialogue as seen in the attachment "Downloads".
2) On reboot, "deleteme Dropbox" is restored under Boot > Users, which includes the folders "My PC" and "Desktop".
3) Desktop defers to "deleteme Dropbox". I have included a snap of Properties for Desktop. Deleting Desktop here deletes whatever is on the desktop (except the Recycle Bin). However, this is also restored on reboot, relocated to "deleteme Dropbox".

Note. I was able to rescue the folder "downloaded" from Dropbox, a folder I created, but not "Download" or "Desktop", which are both system-generated ones. This may give some clue as to how Dropbox is working.

Hope this helps.
 

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