Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


Program Totally Disappeared From Program Files?!?

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 babaloo71112


  • Members
  • 2 posts
  • Local time:02:17 AM

Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:36 AM

I posted in the XP forum because that the OS we are using and I really don't know what other problem it could be.

I have never seen this before or anything like it - we had a computer with SPSS installed on it - control panel shows it is installed and last used on a particular date (around March 2008) - the program is gone - finit - nowhere to be found - registry shows that it was installed - we ran an undelete recovery program which found files and programs that had been deleted several years ago but did not find the SPSS program - it found the SPSS prefetch and some temp files but no program. We are totally baffled. If an individual had deleted the folder, we would have been able to recover it but it is like it was never there to start with. The only thing we did find was the Vmundo malware but I am having a hard time believing that it could have erased all traces of a particular program

Has anyone ever hear of anything like this happening at all? Ev-er?

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 PropagandaPanda


  • Malware Response Team
  • 10,433 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:03:17 AM

Posted 24 April 2008 - 01:57 PM


It is possible to overwrite files with shredder programs so that even recovery programs can't see them.

I started my computer yesterday and found my Spyware Terminator program was just gone. No one could have accessed my computer to unistall it. Not sure if it's at all related, just thought I should mention it. Anyways, I reinstalled it and everything's fine here.

If this is malware, then it's just really bad.

Anyone else seen anything like this?

With Regards,
The Panda

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users