How do i restore my data

April 11, 2011 at 22:24:54
Specs: Windows XP
I think i got a virus of some sort on my gateway computer running windows XP.
It went screwy, then next time i restarted it, all my data was gone. Desktop backround gone, all desktop folders i have created, favourites list on internet explorer. I wanted to try a system restore but when i click START, then go to ACCESSORIES, the list only has 4 things on it, all say empty, one is a C drive folder, one says system retore, i forget the other 2. I checked my hard drive properties and it still has the 96 Gigs of info on it somewhere. I tried a system restore and get the "system restore cannot protec your computer. Please restart and run system restore again." message.

If anyone has any advice on how to do a system restore or get my data back IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRCIATED.


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April 11, 2011 at 23:49:37
shawnmailloux, a big MAYBE. If the damage was indeed done by a virus, data is still on your HD unless it's been written over. Maybe you can retrieve it using a recovery proggie like Recuva (best IMHO), but there're a bunch. Pick one from the following list.
recover data -
recover data - free)
recover files -
recover files -
recover files -
recover filles -
recover files -
If you decide to try one, be sure NOT to write to your HD when downloading it (save to CD drive?).
Could be you had some sort of destructive virus that really did wipe things out, in which case you're likely screwed OR you may have some sort of worm/trojan. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Malware Bytes ( seems to be the preferred remover, but I've run into a few it couldn't handle. Superantispyware (seems able to handle all comers. Info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running. Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas

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