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Due to the virus, did all the folders on the external HDD connected to the computer turn into .lnk files?
Check the folders out, post back.
In the meantime, open up Folder Options:
Click the Start button > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options
Click on the 'View' tab
Go down the list and check: 'Show hidden files and folders'.
Next, uncheck: 'Hide protected system files'
Now go to your external drive and see if your folders are back.
If there, download Unhide.exe to your Desktop:
If the file does not download, copy/paste the following link >without brackets< in the address bar of your browser:
Right-click on unhide.exe and select: 'Run as Administrator '
Allow the program to run.
This program removes the hidden attribute from all the files on your hard drives.
Let us know how it goes.
Post back on the outcome, as we may still have more work to do.
Also, it is not a good idea to post your email address for everyone to see.
And, in any event, my guidance in this forum is posted so that others have access to the information and can use it to solve similar problems.
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