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How to recover files from a virus infected flash drive?

    Question

  • Yesterday, I tried to transfer some files from the computer of my friend to my flash drive. It worked well there. However, when I attempted to open it on my personal computer, my flash drive became empty. And the used space was also displayed as the same number as before. Is it virus infected? Is it possible to get back all my files on this flash drive?

    Monday, July 15, 2013 5:13 AM

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  • Hello! Based on my experiences, your problem could be caused by three reasons:

    1). Intentionally hide your files

    Try to unhide them like this: Start > Run > Type in "control folders" > View > “Show hidden files and folders”.

    2). Virus hides your files.

    In these days, some virus also would hide your files and make them inaccessible. So, you need to scan your drive as soon as possible and clean all possible viruses completely.

    Note: You should check carefully before you decide to delete your drive data in case of data loss. Otherwise, you have to use data recovery software to get back your wanted data back.

    3). Hard drive problems.

    Sometimes, the hard drive problem also would cause this problem. In order to get back your files, you may try some data recovery programs. There are many drive data recovery freeware that could help you a lot: Recuva, TestDisk and iCare Data Recovery Free.

    I hope my words could help you. 

    • Marked as answer by Riveraty55576 Monday, July 22, 2013 3:16 AM
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:25 AM

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  • Hello! Based on my experiences, your problem could be caused by three reasons:

    1). Intentionally hide your files

    Try to unhide them like this: Start > Run > Type in "control folders" > View > “Show hidden files and folders”.

    2). Virus hides your files.

    In these days, some virus also would hide your files and make them inaccessible. So, you need to scan your drive as soon as possible and clean all possible viruses completely.

    Note: You should check carefully before you decide to delete your drive data in case of data loss. Otherwise, you have to use data recovery software to get back your wanted data back.

    3). Hard drive problems.

    Sometimes, the hard drive problem also would cause this problem. In order to get back your files, you may try some data recovery programs. There are many drive data recovery freeware that could help you a lot: Recuva, TestDisk and iCare Data Recovery Free.

    I hope my words could help you. 

    • Marked as answer by Riveraty55576 Monday, July 22, 2013 3:16 AM
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:25 AM
  • Hello! Based on my experiences, your problem could be caused by three reasons:

    1). Intentionally hide your files

    Try to unhide them like this: Start > Run > Type in "control folders" > View > “Show hidden files and folders”.

    2). Virus hides your files.

    In these days, some virus also would hide your files and make them inaccessible. So, you need to scan your drive as soon as possible and clean all possible viruses completely.

    Note: You should check carefully before you decide to delete your drive data in case of data loss. Otherwise, you have to use data recovery software to get back your wanted data back.

    3). Hard drive problems.

    Sometimes, the hard drive problem also would cause this problem. In order to get back your files, you may try some data recovery programs. There are many drive data recovery freeware that could help you a lot: Recuva, TestDisk and iCare Data Recovery Free.

    I hope my words could help you. 

    Thank you for your detailed description.

    I have followed your three steps and find this problem is caused by some drive problems. So, as you've written, in order to get back my data, I tried your listed data recovery freeware to take chances.

    But, how fortunately it is!Now, I have restored all my wanted files back by using these mentioned free applications.

    Thanks a lot!

    Monday, July 22, 2013 3:21 AM
  • But, how fortunately it is!Now, I have restored all my wanted files back by using these mentioned free applications.

    Glad to hear that!!! This could an important lesson learned of taking backup of your important data regularly.

    There are few more recovery applications that may be useful in similar situations if want to try, see this.

    Wednesday, July 09, 2014 5:11 AM
  • The method that you can perform to recover files due to virus attack on Flash drive. 

    1. Plug in your USB or Flash drive to your computer
    2. Go to the start menu, type in "cmd" in a search bar, hit enter and then you can see something named "cmd. <g class="gr_ gr_10 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="10" id="10" style="border-bottom:2px solid transparent;background-repeat:no-repeat;background-background-image:url("data;charset=utf8,%3csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' width='100%' height='100%'%3E%3Cline opacity='0.75' x1='4' y1='100%' x2='100%' y2='100%' transform='translate(-1.5, -2.5)' stroke-width='3' stroke-linecap='round' stroke='%23fc5454'/%3E%3C/svg%3E");background-size:calc(100% + 1px) 100% !important;animation:none !important;">exe</g>" under a list of programs.
    3. Right click "cmd. exe" and then you will get the command windows that allows you to recover virus infected files. Type in "attrib -h -r -s /s /d drive letter:\*.*", for example, "attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.*".

    If this Successfully recovers the files then Congratulations otherwise, go for the professional USB Flash Data Recovery Software. 

    Don't matter on the computer or external hard drive. You can recover your lost data from a formatted or infected USB Drives by using the Best Removable Media Data Recovery aka USB Data Recovery.
    Download this excellent Windows utility, has been programmed for recovering data from corrupt/damaged removable medias, such as External Hard Drives, USB Pen Drives, USB Flash Drives, SD Cards, etc.

    Read: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Recover-data-from-USB-a762bc09?redir=0

    Friday, May 12, 2017 9:58 AM

  • You can be a your own IT specialist in recovering your data on USB infected by malware viruses.



    Check these steps and whatever type of data lost will be recovered.



    Using expert advise I collected, I share the following tips to help you recover lost data on your USB



    Follow link below for better instructions or questions and answers.


    http://angatmakabago.blogspot.com/2017/06/recover-usb-data-from-virus-and-malware.html

     Source: https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/203153-recover-from-usb-data-loss-due-to-malware/


    Friday, June 23, 2017 1:02 PM