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accidentally deleted Documents and settings folder

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#1 citizend13


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 02:15 AM

Hi, as stated on the topic, I did a very very dumb thing. I got infected with malware that just created fake folders. Got rid of the malware, but the fake folders remained. they were locked so they were a pain to get rid off. I didn't know it was the real documents and settings and not a fake one. I didn't realize it till I cleared the recycle bin and it showed an unusually large number of items being deleted. too late by then. 


None of my programs are showing any issues for now.. so any way I can get it back? I realize they call it a junction or some sort? System restore doesn't work for permanently deleted files.. If I leave it as is, how badly is it gonna mess things up? 

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:07 PM

Among other recovery software/options available...you might try Recuva .



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:35 PM

I don't know how much this is going to affect your Windows 7 install as Documents and Settings is an XP directory.  Windows 7 has the Users folder that contains user information.

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