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Windows 7: Virus Has Moved All Files To Hidden Directory

04 Jun 2016   #1
Zosimus

Windows 7
 
 
Virus Has Moved All Files To Hidden Directory

I took my memory stick to a computer place to get something printed. When I got home, I put the memory stick into my home PC and the virus scanner removed 5 trojans and pronounced it clean.

The problem is that all the files are in a new directory that is hidden or something. I can find the directory using CMD, but it appears to be a nameless directory ... like with a space or something, so I cannot use the attrib command to remove the hidden, system, whatever flag this thing has.

I cannot find the hidden directory using windows. Yes, I've tried going to search options and clicking show hidden. I've also tried going to the control panel to click appearance and personalization. There is no such option under control panel -- there's only a personalization, and it doesn't include that option.

How can I move those files out of this hidden directory and back onto the j:\ ?


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04 Jun 2016   #2
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try another file manager, something else may be able to dig into the folder with an exotic name. If doing a blind guess, I would try charater 160 as a name (alt + 160).
The ideal thing is to boot with another OS and use it to recover the files from there, not from the affected system itself.

Of course, since you have been succesfully infected with a virus, you MUST reformat it and do a clean install to make sure it's clean.
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04 Jun 2016   #3
Zosimus

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Try another file manager, something else may be able to dig into the folder with an exotic name. If doing a blind guess, I would try charater 160 as a name (alt + 160).
The ideal thing is to boot with another OS and use it to recover the files from there, not from the affected system itself.

Of course, since you have been succesfully infected with a virus, you MUST reformat it and do a clean install to make sure it's clean.
How does one do a clean install of a Lexar 16GB Flash Drive?
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04 Jun 2016   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I think what is needed is a usb Puppy Linux boot, it's very likely that Puppy Linux is immune from the virus the Windows now has. Another can confirm this, I'm not familiar with Linux' "immune system."
After geting your data onto another external media, your flash drive is set aside, and you boot your Windows installation dvd and do a reinstall. However, before doing that: check with other sources -- getting rid of the virus may be all you need to do. Once the virus is dead and gone, you can beef up your layered defense and continue with the good stuff you were doing before this all happened.
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