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#1 elchief

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:21 AM

Hello,
I need help after cleaning up this virus to restore my program folders that are showing up as empty.

I ran the SystemLook per Roni's advice in this thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic399676.html

Unfortunately, I ran a temp files cleaner and I no longer have the smtmp folder. Is there a way for me to restore this? There is no way I am going to restore all those shortcuts manually!!

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:46 PM

In this case, you'll have to restore all items manually...

You can restore the defaults for the Start Menu and Administrative Tools as follows:

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To manually recreate "All Programs" entries, follow these steps...

  • Download App Paths
  • Double click on AppPaths.exe to run the program.
  • Keep the program open.

In this example I'll recreate an entry for Avast antivirus program.
  • Go Start>All Programs.
  • Right click on Avast entry, click "Properties".

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NOTE. Make sure, you right click on Avast program, NOT on Avast folder.

  • You'll see this window:

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Due to the damage caused by the infection, you'll find "Target" box empty.

  • Go back to AppPaths window and find Avast entry.
  • Right click on Avast line, click "Edit".
  • A pop-up window will open:

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  • Highlight everything in "Path" box, right click on it, click "Copy"
  • Go back to Avast "Properties" window, right click inside "Target" box, click "Paste".
  • IMPORTANT! Add quotation marks at the beginning of the path and at the end
  • Click OK and you're done.

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In case, program's link shows as (empty):

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  • Open Windows Explorer, navigate to Avast folder in Program Files
  • Right click on Avast ".exe" file, click "Create shortcut":

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  • Copy that shortcut, go back to Start menu.
  • Right click on avast!Free Antivirus, click "Paste".
  • You'll see Avast shortcut recreated replacing (empty) entry.

Alternatively....
...you paste that shortcut in:
(XP) - C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Avast
(Vista/7) - C:\Program Data\Start Menu\Programs\Avast

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 03:21 AM

Thanks, I was able to replace the most obvious ones but there are still a lot of things that are missing from where they were originally. Especially the accessories and system tools. I suppose I can live without these for now and find them if I really need them.

I really wish I hadn't run the temp files cleaner :( ...The programs can always be reinstalled. I guess I can also eventually reinstall windows if needed.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 10:09 AM

elchief, see if Explorer ++ will help with the shortcuts http://www.explorerplusplus.com/home

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 04:43 PM

I guess I can also eventually reinstall windows if needed

You can always try Windows repair installation. That will leave your personal files intact.
http://www.w7forums.com/repair-install-t1204.html

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