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Old 05-01-2011, 11:51 AM
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Just got a freaking virus on my laptop and I used malware to zap it but it deleted all programs and my entire c drive. I have important meetings next week and for once I had my presentation and spreadsheets with graphs done ahead of time. Now they are gone, and I don't even have a powerpoint, word, or exel program on my laptop.

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I guess all those ads I hear on the radio about online backups of our data are a little more relevant now. I really am thinking of getting some sort of back up. I have Mcaffe backup now but I dont have enough storage with them unless I fork over some money. Anyone else use any online back up? Any thoughts?
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Most of your information should be recoverable from your hard drive, even though it was deleted, doesnt mean its gone unless its actually overwritten. Try a system restore, get your data backed and then deal with the virus. There also data recovery companies you can use.

I dont like the online back up idea, I prefer to keep everything backed up on separate hard drives.
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I did copy my c drive to our company network a few months ago so I should be fine there. I just lost alot of this stuff I just did for the meetings next week. I tried a system restore but when I click on the "all programs" menu, it comes up as "empty". Which is weird because I am now collecting stuff I emailed to other people and I have found that word, exel, ppt, adobe all work, even though my "programs" file shows empty.
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Which virus is it? I had one that hid my entire c drive. It was there just wasnt shown. I bet you have a similar virus.

You will have to go into the folder options an unclick "hidden".
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That is what appears happened. It is the windows recovery virus. I had to copy my anti malware software from our home computer to a thumb drive and then I used it on my laptop to get rid of the windows recovery virus. I will try to unclick the "hidden" as you say. Thanks.

I hope there is a special place in hell for those that make these viruses.
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AAAAAhhhhhhhh!!!! Little Tunny that did it!!!!!! I owe you big time. I am back in business.
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guys get a external hard drive that comes with auto back up software so that it will automatically back up each day
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A little tidbit for purchasing ext drives. Check the drive warranty. Most externals have a short warranty period. You can put together a drive and get up to 3 times the warranty, Buy the enclosure and then pick up a 1tb drive. They are very easy to assemble.
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I guess all those ads I hear on the radio about online backups of our data are a little more relevant now. I really am thinking of getting some sort of back up. I have Mcaffe backup now but I dont have enough storage with them unless I fork over some money. Anyone else use any online back up? Any thoughts?
I have a second external hard drive, with automatic backup. Hasn't failed me yet..
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I guess all those ads I hear on the radio about online backups of our data are a little more relevant now. I really am thinking of getting some sort of back up. I have Mcaffe backup now but I dont have enough storage with them unless I fork over some money. Anyone else use any online back up? Any thoughts?
I tried Carbonite but was less than pleased. Seemed to always have an issue with MS Outlook 2007 so I removed it and went back to an external HD

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I tried Carbonite but was less than pleased. Seemed to always have an issue with MS Outlook 2007 so I removed i6t and went back to an external HD
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In fact I have 2 external drives and have important data (pictures, music, documents) on a thumbdrive that I keep at my sisters house.

Call me anal but I have had my share of blue screens of death.
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My colleague always bragged about backing things up on his external drive that was finger print activated. When he got hit by a virus, I told him no problem right? Wrong, his high dollar external drive had bit the dust too.
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Unless you consider $100 for a 2 TB external hard drive they are a bargain, especially when they are on sale for $70 or so.
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Unless you consider $100 for a 2 TB external hard drive they are a bargain, especially when they are on sale for $70 or so.
I don't know how much he paid for it. All I know is that he made a big deal about it being high end and top dollar. When he really needed it, it failed. To add insult to injury, customer service said that it happens.

I will ask him for the detail next time I see him so maybe it could save you the same potential problems.
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That is what appears happened. It is the windows recovery virus. I had to copy my anti malware software from our home computer to a thumb drive and then I used it on my laptop to get rid of the windows recovery virus. I will try to unclick the "hidden" as you say. Thanks.

I hope there is a special place in hell for those that make these viruses.
same thing happened to me last month, same fix
get rid of the virus, then unhide all the folders

these virus writers deserve the bin laden treatment...
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I use a back up drive called click free that's ultra easy to use. It knows what files to back up and how with no interaction from the user. I've used it a couple of times for transferring files when upgrading computers and it worked flawlessly.
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So do you have suspicions or inclinations on where the virus came from?
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I got the same one too. Which Anti-virus did ya'll use? I have un hidden the folders but the desktop icons are dim and kinda transparent. Any fix for this?
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I got the same one too. Which Anti-virus did ya'll use? I have un hidden the folders but the desktop icons are dim and kinda transparent. Any fix for this?
The free version of Avast along with Ccleaner and Malewarebytes..... All are free downloads and dont hog resources

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