Desktop Google Drive Folder displays a .tmp.drivedownload Folder

What is the tmp.drivedownload Folder? Am I the first person out there to understand what’s happening with the  .tmp.drivedownload Folder?  Is it a virus? Well, it is but let me explain to you what happened in my case.

How and Why the  .tmp.drivedownload Gets Created

From my understanding the   .tmp.drivedownload Folder is created in Windows in c:\users\username\Google Drive and quickly removed in order for files from your Google Drive to transfer to your Windows device. The tmp.drivedownload is a temp folder that is supposed to be automatically removed once all files go to their specified folders in your c:\users\username\Google Drive.  The problem with the  .tmp.drivedownload   occurs if your Windows anti-virus finds a virus.   As I said before the  .tmp.drivedownload only gets deleted once ALL files have been transfered.  Your Windows anti-virus will quarantine the infected file that got transfered into  the  .tmp.drivedownload folder. Now you will have a situation where the files that are on your Google Drive do not match what is in your c:\users\username\Google Drive.  


In order for you to correct this  .tmp.drivedownload from appearing, you must find the offending file on your Google drive itself. You must connect to your Google drive through the browser and delete the offending file. If you’re uncertain which file is causing the issue, please give us a call and we will be glad to assist.

In my case, many years ago I installed a spying software for a client of ours who wanted to see what their employees were doing. I left a copy of the software on my Google drive to make things easier for installation.  Years passed and it was still on my drive. Google doesn’t recognize the file as a virus however Windows Defender does.

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