[SOLVED] "Downloads" folder keeps crashing

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Hello,
I‘m experiencing a weird issue: when I try to open my Downloads folder, it crashes.
This started happening when I downloaded a few GIFs (in WinRAR) and extracted them into a folder. That folder was crashing whenever I tried to open it, so I decided to transfer the GIFs from the WinRAR into my Downloads folder. What happens then is my Folder Explorer crashing whenever I try to open the Downloads folder.

The issue must bet the GIFs, right? I just don’t understand what exactly it is (the GIFs are safe, downloaded from Google images and I even had them on my phone for a long time).
Side Note: If it helps – when I was deleting the folder containing GIFs, Windows said that the folder was “too long“ to be transfered in the recycle bin and that I'd have to delete it directly.
 
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sound like the gif name is the issue.
rename the file before extract
But how do I rename it if I can't access the folder it's in?
Edit: The GIFs are in a folder "Downloads" that keeps crashing, so I'm not sure how else to access them and rename/delate them.
 
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can't do it in the winrar tool?
it is a zip file?
It was a ".rar" file. I was able to open the .rar file without crashing, but once I extracted it into a classic folder, that folder kept crashing when I clicked on it. So I decided to copy the GIFs from the .rar folder and paste them into the Downloads folder. And that's when it kept crashing.

I think you're right about the limited characters though. It might be the cause. But since I can't access the GIFs anymore to rename them, what can I do?
 

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It was a ".rar" file. I was able to open the .rar file without crashing, but once I extracted it into a classic folder, that folder kept crashing when I clicked on it. So I decided to copy the GIFs from the .rar folder and paste them into the Downloads folder. And that's when it kept crashing.

I think you're right about the limited characters though. It might be the cause. But since I can't access the GIFs anymore to rename them, what can I do?
Likely the folder(s) and file name of this gif is too long when uzipped and put in the downloads folder.

c:/Users/<username>/Downloads/then whatever is in that whole zip thing.

Possibly delete everything in the Downloads, from the comandline.
 
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