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Windows 7: Carried out a windows update and lost everything! Please help

18 May 2014   #1

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Carried out a windows update and lost everything! Please help

Hi, I carried out a windows update and now I've lost absolutely everything, all programs but worst of all I've lost years worth of photos some that are very sentimental and important to me.

When i go into system restore there are no saved restore points.

Please can someone help I'd really really appreciate it. Praying I've not lost all those photos!

Thank you

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18 May 2014   #2
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There's little chance this is due to a Windows Update which could never hide files even in the worst case failure. Files should always be backed up externally against drive failure.

You may be infected in such a way that your files are hidden so I would work in the boot mode to first see if your files are visible for rescue using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console, a Linux boot disk you may have, or Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free.

If so copy them out to quarantine on another drive, flash stick or DVD, to later be scanned using Malwarebytes, your AV and any solution which turns out to be required for the infection you suffer. You will have free passage to copy files out in boot mode because any infection is inert while you operate in the boot mode, but active if you boot into the OS.

Next run a full scan with your AV and Malwarebytes, in Safe Mode if necessary. If you have no AV or have a bloated one, install and run a full scan with Microsoft Security Essentials which is recommended nearly unanimously here.

If you need to move to boot mode to do these because infection is blocking solutions, follow the steps in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start until you can function from the desktop.

Because the only time I've seen files disappear like this is with the Hidden Files infection, I would then proceed with the solutions applied here which worked for me in several of these cases to disinfect and then unhide the files: Fake AV infection - files hidden?

Once you get a hit on what the infection actually is, post it up to our Security forum for more customized solutions. Keep in mind that once you get your files, in a heavily infected system it is almost always better to do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are the same for retail and will get and keep a perfect install. Be sure to delete all partitions. If you want to first try Factory Recovery then afterwards Clean Up Factory Bloatware.
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 Carried out a windows update and lost everything! Please help

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