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How to recover files hidden by a virus on a Memory Card or Flash Drive

RECOVERING DOCUMENTS HIDDEN BY A VIRUS IN A STORAGE MEDIA

Computer viruses are quite common these days, but they vary depending on the actual harm they do to your computer. There’s a specific virus that tends to hide data and displays it as shortcuts.  This virus is mainly known to attack external storage drives i.e. memory cards, flash drives or external HDDs. Most antiviruses are unable to quarantine this virus making any user who’s been attacked by it to despair. There’s a way you can recover your files once they’ve been infected by this virus and it entails use of the command prompt.

  1. Plug in the infected media to the PC.
  2. Go to the Start menu and type in CMD in the search bar and click Enter. You should see a exe file or Command Prompt among a list of programs.
  3. Click on that file and a black window will pop up where you can recover your files and folders by keying in a few commands in it.
  4. Type in the following command attrib-h-r-s/s/d drive letter:\*.* e.g. attrib-h-r-s/s/d F:\*.*(assuming the letter assigned to your drive is F) and hit Enter.

This Command will allow windows to start repairing the infected files and folders on your drive. This process might take a while, wait patiently for it to complete and once it’s done, you’ll be able to view your files back on the media.

Contact the data recovery experts if you still can’t get your data.

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