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Virus - Deleted all my files, prevents me froms safemod

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#1 kyouria


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Posted 21 April 2011 - 12:40 PM

I just got a virus/keylogger/trojan that deleted all my files (documents, some programs, pictures, downloads) and it makes my desktop black. It also prevents me from running safe mode (F8 I believe) and MalwareBytes and Mcafee aren't detecting anything. I even had difficulty installing malwarebytes because it was blocked (I had to unblock it and run it as admin).

Is there any way to fix this and get my fies back?

I googled and it said my files aren't deleted, but hidden. Is this true? I really hope so!

Any help would greatly be appreciated.


Edited by kyouria, 21 April 2011 - 12:43 PM.

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#2 o0luigi0o


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Posted 21 April 2011 - 01:48 PM

I've seen this also, i wasnt able to repair, but just did a wipe/reinstall. its a rootkit causing it though for sure.


Display or change file attributes. Find Filenames.

ATTRIB [ + attribute | - attribute ] [pathname] [/S [/D]]

+ : Turn an attribute ON
- : Clear an attribute OFF

pathname : Drive and/or filename e.g. C:\*.txt
/S : Search the pathname including all subfolders.
/D : Process folders as well


R Read-only (1)
H Hidden (2)
A Archive (32)
S System (4)

extended attributes:
E Encrypted
C Compressed (128:read-only)
I Not content-indexed
L Symbolic link/Junction (64:read-only)
N Normal (0: cannot be used for file selection)
O Offline
P Sparse file
T Temporary

The numeric values may be used when changing attributes with VBS/WSH
If no attribute is specified attrib will return the current attribute settings. Used with just the /S option ATTRIB will quickly search for a particular filename.

Hidden and System attributes take priority.

If a file has both the Hidden and System attributes set, you can clear both attributes only with a single ATTRIB command.

For example, to clear the Hidden and System attributes for the RECORD.TXT file, you would type:

#3 quietman7


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Posted 21 April 2011 - 02:06 PM

The symptoms you describe can be indicative of a side effect from the HDD Defrag family of rogues which changes file attributes to "hidden", making them appear invisible so the user thinks all of their files have been deleted.

See this example guide which includes removal instructions and using unhide.exe (Step 17), a tool which will remove the "hidden" attribute on all files. The tool is designed not to remove hidden attribute for system files. When done you will need to restore the hidden attributes to those files manually.

Edited by quietman7, 21 April 2011 - 02:15 PM.

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