I normally have a very small txt-file in my C: root directory.
Today when I turned my computer on, that file is mysteriously missing. I search for it in the harddrive, and all I find is a shortcut for it (???) which points to a deleted file. Well, I never deleted it! I mean, I am 110% sure I have NOT deleted that file. It's been there for years, and I use it daily. I most recently used it yesterday!
But I ran Recuva, and it indeed shows the txt-file as deleted. It also finds hundreds thousands of other txt-files, which I in fact HAVE deleted months ago, and these are fully recoverable as no overwritten sectors are detected, but NATURALLY the condition of that one particular file which I need - which according to Recuva apparently was deleted yesterday March 26 without my consent - is listed as "Very Poor" and parts of it has been overwritten by a file in the c:\Windows\Prefetch folder. Well, that is just great. I MUST have this file back.
Why on earth was it deleted anyway? Is there a known virus that randomly deletes files off the harddrive or what? Does it sounds as if I have been infected? I have scanned for viruses and malware and nothing at all has been found.
Edited by krs000a, 27 March 2017 - 03:19 AM.