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Excel file changed to random word TMP file?

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by JohnnyT85, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. JohnnyT85

    JohnnyT85 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    So I was working on a document for work. The document is on Excel and has data from every month this year.

    I was opening the file and the laptop then froze. I gave it a good 20 minutes but nothing, so had no choice but to hard reset (not even task manager was opening)

    After turning it back on and opening the file, I was horrified to see that the data from April onwards was missing. 4 months of work gone. Obviously the file was smaller at 5mb than the 7mb it was when I was working on it. But then I found in the file location an Adobe TMP file. It had a random name (series of numbers) but was the same file size and date late modified was the time of the crash.

    This must be my data. It's now a word file, but I can't open it with Excel. Is there anything I can do to convert the TMP file to the Excel document and recover my data?

    Thanks
     
  2. SeanLaurence

    SeanLaurence

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    This is where I tell you restore the file from backup..
    What is that? You don't have one?
    From the symptom's you describe , it appears that you may have become a victim of ransomware.
    Is this the only file that has been renamed? Ransomware usually leaves a note in a file in each of the folders that it goes through with instructions on how to pay the extortion.
     
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