Solved Folder on hard drive became shortcuts and i cant open them

February 9, 2012 at 02:41:55
Specs: Windows 64
Hello, I'm sorry but im a computer thicko. I have read previous forum posts on this issue but need something more simple.

My external hardrive has changed all my folders to shortcuts and every one regardless of previous content is showing a size of 2KB.

When i try to open the file it says Windows cannot find E:\RECYCLER\0xFFD12566.exe

I understand from previous posts that this is a virus and i need to remove the virus then change the names of the files to restore them?

Problem is....as before....im a complete computer dunce and would appreciate any help with link or simple instructions on how i can do this.

Many Thanks in advance


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#1
February 9, 2012 at 02:50:16
and the target on one of the files is %windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c "start %cd%RECYCLER\0xFFD12566.exe &&%windir%\explorer.exe %cd%2012.Ice.Age

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#2
February 9, 2012 at 07:36:09
✔ Best Answer
To restore the files and folders on the External hard drive...Follow this

Open a command prompt as Admin.
Type

attrib -h -r -s /s /d X:\*.*

Note:Where X is the Drive Letter of the External hard drive


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#3
February 9, 2012 at 08:27:00
Thank you thank you thank you..

erm..how do i open a comand prompt as admin? x


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#4
February 9, 2012 at 12:17:02
Click on the start menu, select run, right click and select as administrator

mike


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#5
February 9, 2012 at 14:19:06
Oh god, ive done this before and been fine but im running window 7 home edition and when i press start there is no run option.

I feel like a right idiot as i'm sure this is really simple but i can't see it. I would ask an expert but i'm living in egypt and they are few and far between.

Please , if you can tell me step by step i would pray for your forever.
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#6
February 9, 2012 at 18:19:06
Press “Windows” and “R” keys simultaneously.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
February 10, 2012 at 07:39:43
Sorry about that. :-), too many years on XP

mike


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#8
February 10, 2012 at 07:47:14
Probably what happend is that the "virus" hid your legitimate files, and then created .scr files with the same name, (that is why when you click on them, they are being directed to e:\recycler. Search for a legitimate copy of unhide.exe from cnet, and then run by clicking on the application and selecting run as administrator.

Secondly, you are probably still infected, so you will need to also remove the malware. I would suggest avast as i have heard that it works well for windows 7.

mike


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#9
February 10, 2012 at 09:36:30
Oh My Lordy... theres a distinct possibility i love you guys.

Its worked and my files have been restored. Ive also managed to get rid of the virus.

Thank you very very much, if you're ever Egypt bound let me know and maybe i can repay the favour.

Thanks again


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#10
February 10, 2012 at 12:59:41
Glad you got it all sorted and thx for popping back to let us know.

Friendly tip:
Best put your operating system in the first post (Win 7 or whatever) otherwise you might get incorrect advice. There a space for it in the "sign in" to save you keep saying it.


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#11
February 11, 2012 at 08:34:33
RGlennerster

Glad to hear that the issue is resolved..

Which solution resolved your problem?


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#12
February 14, 2012 at 10:31:04
Installed Malwarebytes. Removed virus. Pressed the windows and run thingy then copied and pasted the code given by Optimus-Ale above and replace the X with the drive number. xx

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#13
February 14, 2012 at 18:19:50
Thanks for feeback, glad to hear it's sorted.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
March 1, 2012 at 18:49:48
does the command prompt take some time to execute the command or something? cox mines kinda stuck :S

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#15
March 2, 2012 at 07:48:11
mamoona

Create your own new post as what you are describing is nothing to do with the original topic. This post is quite old (Feb 9th) so you will get more assistance if you do this. Include a full description of your issue and post it on the forum for whatever operating system you are using (Windows 7 or whatever). Also state what command you are inputting.

Just for info, the command prompt should not usually take much time to execute commands.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#16
March 3, 2012 at 10:53:19
If you mean the black box thing has popped up then nothing has happened. Its done! Open the folder you have sorted and youll find all the files still with the shortcut (delete them) and the restored files. x

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#17
March 3, 2012 at 12:07:55
I assume that #16 is in answer to #14, not the original poster.


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#18
March 15, 2012 at 02:06:05
after doing all these...this happens for me

C:\Users\103067>attrib -h -r -s /s /d H:\*.*
Access denied - H:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-3985800978-1645298700-4253899666-1001
Access denied - H:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-839522115-1801674531-725345543-269701
Access denied - H:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-839522115-1801674531-725345543-279482


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