Photoshop: Export of a layer leads to "...Desktop/img path cannot be found" messages popping up every now and then. How can this be stopped?!

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Whenever I export a layer from Photoshop to any folder,
Photoshop creates a link to that folder on the Desktop. So if I export a layer to D:\clients\xyz\page\html\img\layer12.png,
the folder Desktop\img is created which is linked to d:\clients\xyz\page\html\img
...I wonder why this happens anyway. I think it should make things easier, whatever.
Would be even nicer if this behaviour could be turned OFF.

This also creates a big problem on my machine. When I close Photoshop, this Folder on the Desktop also gets removed BUT: Every now and then when I plug-in an external hard drive, start some programs or on any other actions I haven't figured out completely, the explorer tries to open the Desktop/img path again. But that path is gone and an error box is displayed that the system cannot find that path.

This is VERY annoying, because I have to click away like 5-10 windows of this kind in an hour.

Is there some kind of hook or event handler, that doesn't get removed by Photoshop that is trying to open that darn folder on every occasion?!

So right now I can't use the export layer option without getting very annoyed afterwards.

This is happening on a win7, 64bit machine:

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Plug-ins that failed to load: NONE


Libraries, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\CEP\extensions\com.adobe.DesignLibraryPanel.html\index.html
Adobe Color Themes, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\CEP\extensions\com.adobe.KulerPanel.html\index.html
Export As, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\CEP\extensions\com.adobe.webpa.crema\PSPanel\dialog.html
Device Preview, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\CEP\extensions\com.adobe.preview\PSPanel\panel.html
Welcome, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\CEP\extensions\com.photoshop.welcome\index.html
Share on Behance, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\CEP\extensions\com.adobe.behance.shareonbehance.html\index.html
Export As, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\CEP\extensions\com.adobe.webpa.crema\PSPanel\dialog.html
, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\CEP\extensions\com.adobe.preview\PSLoader\loader.html

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How, exactly, are you exporting this layer?
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I'm selecting the layer and then in the context-menu I choose "export layer..."
The export-layer menu appears where I can also choose between formats like "png", "png8", "svg", etc.
When I export the layer, not only does Photoshop save the file in, lets say, d:\clients\clientA\projectA\htdocs\img but also creates a link to the img folder on the Desktop and opens this folder on the desktop.
There is no documentation on that behaviour or why it happens and no option to turn it off. But this creates a long-term problem for the rest of the whole computer-session (even after Photoshop is closed!). Because every now and then, i.E. when I insert an SD-card, the Explorer tries to open the folder on the Desktop. But after I close Photoshop, this link gets removed and so I always get the error message "can't find path Desktop/img".
Seems like there is a "system hook/event" that doesn't get removed when the link has been deleted.
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OK, so you're using the "Export As" method.
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this folder on Desktop shouldn't be created, and I haven't seen it created when exporting into non-Desktop location. Could you contact me with more info so we can try to narrow down what is causing it? imaderyc @ (remove spaces)

could you send me generator log from your machine? It should be located at
C:\Users\{your user name}\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Generator\logs

do you have any backup software running on this machine?
does it happen if you export layer into ANY location, or only external drive/secondary harddrive? does it happen if you export layer into your 'user' folder or your documents folder?

does this desktop folder has a copy of files you exported, or just an empty folder?