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Lost files, folders, icons, programs, restore points

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by bcm2011, Oct 20, 2011.

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  1. bcm2011

    bcm2011 Thread Starter

    Oct 20, 2011
    I have viewed several threads and cannot find one that even comes close to the disaster I experienced last night. I downloaded a simple "free" software program called VideoPad that I thought was safe. I installed it and while it was running left the computer for a bit. When I returned it was eating my hard drive. I had no error messages, i could just see icons disappearing from my desktop.

    I turned the computer off, unplugged the battery. When I restarted it was too late. Almost everything was gone, all my installed programs including all MS Office, Outlook, all photos, music, etc.

    I checked my memory capacity and had remembered that I had about 120 Gigs of storage left on my HD. Now I have 393 left. Something is wrong.

    I attempted to do a restore but when I opened the utility, it said that there were no restore points available.

    When I click on Start and attempt to find any document or file or photo, nothing is found. If I type in the subject of an email, it will display it but when I click on it, nothing opens,of course.

    My security programs were Webroot and McAfee. McAfee is still there but Webroot is gone. I did a McAfee scan and it says that my system is secure.

    My Op system is Windows 7 64-bit. I have since re-installed Outlook, Office and a couple of programs for work. But, the files are still missing. I cannot find programs like Skype or Internet Explorer.

    Please help if you can.
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