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I just asked a question in Superuser site , I have an external HDD which suddenly seems infected and one of my folders which contain my photos changed to something like this

One of superuser guys suggests that, I install an Ubuntu and try to scan and change permissions , but I am not an Ubuntu expert , and believe me if my problem solve I will switch to it ( 'cause all I do is writing and taking photos. I am tired of malewares and etc )

Now I have Ubuntu and Fedora installed ( after a long read through guides ) , both of them show infected folder as empty ( in windows 7 I see this strange folders , as you can see in this picture )

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Do you have this problem still now? or fixed somehow. If fixed let us know – Anwar Sep 2 '12 at 14:27

It sounds like a result of malware.

To restore the files and folders on the external hard drive so that they are visible and accessible, open an elevated command prompt (type cmd into the search field on the Start Menu, press Ctrl+ShiftEnter and confirm the request).

Then type:

attrib -h -r -s /s /d X:\*.*

Note: Change X to be the drive letter of the external hard drive

The malware would have to be addressed with a program like MalwareBytes or Avast and check all drives on your system.

I see that you may be trying a recovery via Linux, but I figured a Windows option wouldn't hurt in the event someone else has something similar.

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thankyou this solved the problem . – Vishal Nair Jun 29 '14 at 6:48

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