Virus deletes your files, eh?

Does it? No seriously, does it? I see this happening most of the times to many people… Some creepy virus enters your pendrive and suddenly, you see all your folders missing…!!! You try antivirus, but in vain! You think antivirus got rid of the virus-infected files…!!!

Well, antivirus *does* delete a few virus files, but your files and folders. It so happens that your original folders on the pendrive gain OS privileges, when the virus is being healed/quarantined by the antivirus. And so, these folders go hidden(and not deleted!!!). You can very well see these hidden/missing folders, with an acquired lock on Ubuntu. But then on Windows, you can’t see these folders even if you check “Show hidden files and folders” in the “View” tab of “Folder Options” on the toolbar. So, to gain an access to such folders, you can try one of these 2 options:

 1. If you’re lucky enough and remember some or all of you folder names, you can type the path for the same in address bar of Windows. For ex: K:/New Folder, if the “New Folder” is the folder which has gone missing. It works for Nested hidden folders too viz. K:/New Folder/Songs and Bingo! You’re inside the “Songs” folder. Well, these folder names need to be exact and Case-sensitive though. You can’t get an access to “Songs” folder if you type in “songs”
2. You might not always be lucky enough with your folder names, as in step one. Well, step one won’t be required, with this particular step. You simply go to “Folder Options”, go to “View” tab and uncheck the option “Hide protected operating system files” and click on “Yes” in the dialog-box that appears. And Magic…!!! You see all your missing folders, back again :). To avoid doing this step again n again everytime you insert the pendrive, simply cut-paste the contents from the hidden folder(once you get an access to it) to a new folder.
So, next time, whenever you think you’ve lost your files, this one should help definitely. There are exceptions at times. But that’s a rarity. So…
Take Care,
Pratik

PS: WOW! With this post, I go technical in my blog. But that’s not an indication of any sorts, that you’ll see more of techie stuff on this blog henceforth. Sorry! There are better people to post technical stuff. I’m just a mere mortal.:)

PPS: I could have posted some screenshots. But I’m posting from Ubuntu and am very lazy to “Google” the screenshots n upload here. Good Luck.

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5 thoughts on “Virus deletes your files, eh?

  1. NEER December 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm Reply

    Hey one virus wiped all my movies on my USB hard drive!! :(They weren't hidden!! I-node was lost!! :PSorry for this tech comment :)Care,Neer

  2. Pratik December 21, 2009 at 3:54 am Reply

    NEER as I said, There are exceptions… I'm sorry all your movies got deleted

  3. Amod Jaltade December 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Nice to see a techie post :-)I'd like to share another way to go about this…1.Start -> Run -> type "cmd"2.change the current working directory to the drive which you want to recover.3. then do : X:\>attrib /s /d -h -s *.*where "X" is the drive letter.This will remove the "hidden" and "system file" attributes for all the files, folders and sub-folders./s : execute recursively./d : apply to folders.-h : remove hidden attribute.-s : remove system file attribute.HTH too 🙂

  4. Pratik December 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Wo Wo! Thanks for sharing that… 🙂

  5. Rujuta January 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm Reply

    thers one more way to do it 🙂 u know ur winrar application..well u open that and u ll see all ur folders and can access any of them….

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