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#1 fireforge

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

Hello,

I recently took a virus off a family members computer, but unfortunately it emptied the All Programs Menu. The folders for the programs are there but the program shortcuts simply are not. I have run unhide but it seems they are removed. I seem to remember a while ago I was reading about some program or something that would internally re-associate these entries with the program files but for the life of me I cannot remember what it is. The only reason I haven't manually recreated the shortcuts to these folders is that I have a couple friends who have the same problem and I don't would like to just be able to run something on theirs as well. If anyone has any advise, it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:12 AM

If you have a restore point,try this to restore your startmenu programs

Right click on your startmenu-properties

Check mark

store and display recently opened programs
store and display recently items


Click on customize

Click on Use default settings at the bottom,click ok and apply

Now go to

c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows

right click on startmenu folder,click on restore previous versions

Now select a snapshot before you were infected by the rogue,click on restore

You should get back the startmenu programs.

Check for rogue folders in startmenu after restore.You can delete them manually.

good luck

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:22 AM

Completely fixed the issue. Thanks so much, saved a ton of time.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:24 AM

You're welcome.Help your friends too :thumbup2:

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:28 AM

Just a quick question in addition, say one doesn't have a restore point. Is there a fix for that as well? Or would that have to be done manually?

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:31 AM

Just a quick question in addition, say one doesn't have a restore point. Is there a fix for that as well? Or would that have to be done manually?

Try this

Download Recuva

http://www.filehippo.com/download_recuva/

Install it and when you get the recuva screen

Click Cancel on the wizard.
Click on Options... >> Actions Tab. Check "Restore folder structure."
Run a regular scan on the system drive.

When complete, use the filter box in the upper right corner and type

SMTMP

If that doesnt bring up any files,type

*.lnk

Select all the files and recover them

Now browse through the recovered folders.If you find a folder called UNKNOWN folder.Open it and you should find your startmenu folders

Good luck

Edited by narenxp, 16 May 2012 - 11:33 AM.


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:35 AM

Thanks a bunch. Knowing a couple of my friends, they probably don't have restore points.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:37 AM

:thumbup2:




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