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Partial cleanup but files still "Empty"

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#1 preboomer


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Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:04 PM

After contracting a virus 2-3 weeks ago, I discovered your site and regained access to some of my files (e.g. My Documents). However many of the folders in All Programs still show "Empty". I see this problem throughout the forums but have not seen a solution that allows restoration of access to these files that I think are still resident. I have been limping along with limited software resources while trying to muddle out of this with on-line research. I've been fairly cautious in applying "fixes" (Mbam, unhide, tdsskiller) with some success. Please guide me through some tests to help me clean this up.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 08:38 PM


Thanks to Broni for the below.

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.

...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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