Virus all files converted in to 1 KB

April 16, 2011 at 18:52:04
Specs: Windows XP
Virus affected my PC and all the office files and PDF files were converted in to 1 KB files. Now, files contents are not opening showing error. Please, help...

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April 17, 2011 at 04:17:27
What you are seeing are only the shortcuts of an executable file of a virus (namely autorun virus) and named after each of your documents that are 'missing'. The files you're looking for are there, but their attributes are set to hidden and system so you can only see them only if these conditions are met:
- your folder view is set to show hidden and system files
- the virus program stops running (have to clean this virus first using an external antivirus)
- or you run this command in the command prompt:
attrib -s -r -h a. /s
run in the folder where you're files are in.
This attribute change however, will be temporary IF the virus is still active and continually changing your documents to shortcuts as it did.

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