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Windows 7: Folder C:\ProgramData Missing!

01 Feb 2012   #11
eZAK

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Try doing a system restore to a time previous to this happening where the files disappeared. It might undo some of your work but it's probably better than losing that whole folder.
No previous restore points.


I tried the hidden files thing to no avail.
Still can not find it!

But, here is the strange thing;
If I enter ' cd \programdata ' in the command prompt the file shows........
I can then also enter ' dir ' and it will show all contents........

SOOOOOO......... Where the heck is it hiding???????????


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01 Feb 2012   #12
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Try Recuva:

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

And search for "ProgramData".

If it was deleted, I can't imaging how the OS is still functioning.

You could also try searching for it using "Everything".
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01 Feb 2012   #13
eZAK

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Tried Recuva

WOW! That's a lot of files to go through!

But there is nothing that is just C:\ProgramData
There are some old files from that folder though.
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02 Feb 2012   #14
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

You clearly have the files and data there if a "dir" command is showing them. Now, as to why explorer is hiding them, I'm not sure. Are you currently running an antivirus solution? If so, have you done a scan recently?
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02 Feb 2012   #15
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Try running a Malwarebytes Scan.
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03 Feb 2012   #16
kach474

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

I am having a very similar issue. On the left side of the window explorer i also have lost the Program data folder, along with the main Users folder. I have been working at it for weeks now. I first tried to show hidden folders which at that time made the missing folders appear.... fixed right??? no.... they disappeared after a restart. Tried the folder option again no luck this time. I can access these folders by typing c:\users in the top explorer bar. If i do that the window pops up with the other folders in the users folder and i can access all those files. Same with the Program data folder. They are there but not listed on the left side. Now I have been battling some maleware (widgi toolbar, application updater, and some others) I scanned and scanned and uninstalled numerous programs, and files. Until it was all gone except the youtube downloader folder that had the last widgi file in it. I deleted and uninstalled any related programs and whala users and all other missing folders reappeared. Yah fixed it........... not. after restart they went missing again. All files i had deleted and programs uninstalled were still gone nothing reemerged. but the folders are still missing. I am also having an issue with the credential manager. while logged in as admin it wont open states its not responding and restarts. works ok on a none admn login. Restarted in safe mode no networking same problem. I was about ready to reinstall but found this thread. Maybe there is a fix. Sorry for the lengthy post but wanted to give all the details and hopefully this fills in some gaps and maybe someone can help.


Thanks

Matt


P.S. software used so far
malewarebytes
avast
spybot SD
spyhunter
ESET online scanner
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03 Feb 2012   #17
eZAK

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

I have Norton 360 running and have a copy of Malwarebytes.

I ran scans with both, they turned up some stuff,

But still no programdata!
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03 Feb 2012   #18
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eZAK View Post
I have Norton 360 running and have a copy of Malwarebytes.

I ran scans with both, they turned up some stuff,

But still no programdata!
What "stuff" did they turn up? Can we get some more specifics? Did you scan in safe mode? If not, you should.
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03 Feb 2012   #19
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

If I was you I would replace Norton with MSE or avast.
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