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post #1 of 10
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As if me breaking Kalten's first Christmas ornament wasn't enough, we got a virus that installed things on our computer like bestfetishsex.exe and completely messed everything up. Paul had to reformat and we lost all of our photos and videos. Yesterday morning the virus scan said we were all clear, so between then and evening, something got in. All I did was look up a recipe for beef gravy.
Thankfully, being the total mom that I am, I have TONS of pics and videos saved on my parents' computer, on flickr, on Walmart.com, on shutterfly, on Vimeo, and on my blog. Now I just have to go and collect them. When Paul told me everything was gone, I thought of all those sites and realized that the only ones we really lost are the ones I didn't think were good enough to upload.
There was this one video I never put on Vimeo because I didn't want to share it. It was so special to me. Just mine.
And it's gone.
Kalten and I were goofing around, making silly movies with the camera. I flipped the display out so he could see himself and hit record. He started saying "Wii" over and over, and pointing at the Wii. I said "is that all you talk about?" and he turned to me and pointed to himself. "Kalten!" I said, "yes, that's Kalten!" Then he pointed to me and said "Mommy!" I said, "yes, that's Mommy!" Then he got up out of my lap, turned around and hugged me, knocking me off balance and saying "happy!" The last thing on the camera is my face, smiling hugely as I turned the camera off to hug my son.
It's gone.
No, it's not that big of deal. It's so clear in my memory anyway, and there are billions of those precious moments in a lifetime and only a tiny fraction are ever recorded. Most people don't even have a way to record them, and I've got a whole website full with only two years' worth!
But that one was special. It was the spontaneous affection that comes so rarely. It was the one that I was going to pull up on one of those rocky teenage days and play over and over. It was the one that I watched when he was napping and I needed a hug. It was a special gift, and now it's gone.
post #2 of 10
stupid viruses...
post #3 of 10
Sorry to hear that. I can imagine how disappointing that would be!
post #4 of 10
My husband said that you can get a file recovery tool and potentially retrieve the file(s) you lost.

Will post more after I get some details from him. But there is a slight chance you can recover the file.

He's downloading something now to see if it will work and will send me the steps on how to do it so I can give them to you. But it'll take a bit.

Hang in there, mama.
post #5 of 10
Okay, here's what he says to do (mr. nighten is an IT security guy). No clue if you or your husband can do all this but if you can, there's a chance you can recover what you've lost. Worth a shot. Hope it helps.


First thing. Stop using the computer for much of anything until you can do the second thing. The more you use it the more data hits the drive and you risk corrupting the files.

Second, you need 2 things:

1) Access from the computer missing the files to another media; this can be a USB flash drive, a networked drive or a second hard drive in the computer...it just has to be a different piece of physical media.

2) A copy of Helix from http://www.e-fense.com/helix/index2.html. (It's free for now and an incredibly valuable toolset!)

Click the Download link, enter the required fields and download the file.
Burn it to a CD.
Boot into Windows.
Launch the Helix CD, either with Autoplay or run the helix.exe file and click Accept.

When Helix loads you want to click on the third icon from the top (a magnifying glass over files). When you mouse over it the balloon text should say "Incident Response." Click it and just to the right will be an arrow (triangle actually) pointing to the right. Click it once to get to the second page and look for the File Recovery app and launch it.

Click Help > Help Topics and pick your language then read the "Four Step Recovery" item.

Any files that show up under the Deleted list you can try to recover by right click and saving to the second media.

Rate of recovery will vary.
post #6 of 10
That sucks! I'm sorry mama. I was just thinking about getting an external hard drive for our computer so we don't lose pictures. Does anybody know if they would still be saved in the event of a virus or would that effect the external drive too?
post #7 of 10
It can affect the external drive too, unless you copy the pix and disconnect after each use.

Most viruses tend to stay on the main drive where the machine's installed, but it is possible for it to spread to an external drive that's connected.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well, my husband is working on it (he's pretty computer savvy), he said not to get my hopes up because it had to be reformatted again but he will try.
post #9 of 10
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He tried, he said the documents folder was empty. It's gone for good He did say thanks for showing him the program though.
post #10 of 10
Dang. Sorry.
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