My laptop appears to have been attacked by a virus that (from what I can detect):
- duplicated all my documents and photographs from "Documents" and "Pictures" into new folders located in different places (including folders on the Desktop);
- seems to have reverted Word documents to a point in July 2012 (so all documents created since then and all changes to documents made since then have been lost);
- wiped all my Excel documents completely.
When I first discovered that documents had been duplicated and moved, I thought I had done something inadvertently and moved the documents back to their original location in "Documents" and deleted the duplicates. I also emptied the recycle bin.
Only after I'd done this did I discover that the Excel documents were gone and that the Word documents were two years old. I assumed I had deleted them by mistake and so I downloaded a recovery programme (Recuva) to try to recover the deleted documents.
Recuva succeeded in finding scores of Word documents, but I believe these were documents that I had deleted on previous occasions (i.e. not the missing documents). However, at least it means I have recovered more recent versions of some documents. Recuva did not find any of the Excel documents, except for 2 or 3 that were unrecoverable.
By this time a new problem had developed: my cursor was flying all over the screen and impossible to control with the touchpad.
I ran AdAware and it found a number of viruses, including this: Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT.
I downloaded Comodo and ran it. It found this: ApplicUnwnt@#2vwywi00n7rg1
At this point the cursor returned to normal.
Later, Comodo found this: Malware@#rxx70bs6hjda
Is there any way I can recover the lost documents. I particularly want to recover a number of Excel documents that contain all my family's financial information. I've searched the computer for documents by name, and also changed folder options to allow hidden documents to be viewed, but to no avail.