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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by JOSETTE2006, Feb 28, 2006.

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  1. JOSETTE2006

    JOSETTE2006 Thread Starter

    Feb 28, 2006

    I was wondering if you might know why, or maybe even show me how to retrieve files that's been hijacked. I don't know how else to describe it other than just that, "HIJACKED!" I'll make it short so I don't waste any tech's time, and hope that someone can assist me.

    It started like so:
    I have a folder called, "My Documents" (like everyone else who has a computer). Within that, I've created a folder specifically called, "My Downloads", which is self-explanatory. I've been placing downloaded programs, documents, etc. After logging on the next day, I go into my download folder only to find nothing! Not even a spreckle of "Sample Pictures" folder. :eek: The only thing I did - which I have a habit of doing - is clean my temporary folders file, cookies and history folder. I then do a disk cleanup and defrag is necessary. Afterwards, I'd shut down my computer.

    Now, I know that I did NOT move any of my saved files within my downloads folder nor even deleted or burned it onto a CD but there it WASN'T (as oppose to 'There it WAS'). <== I'm trying to amuse myself as I am so frustrated at the ghostly deed.

    Anyway, when I tried doing a search for one of the files, and the search was finished, it found what was similar in name, so I decided to click on that item and chose to "Open Containing Folder" (I thought if I did that, I'd be able to find maybe close to any of the items that were missing).

    Sure enough! I found them. All of them. :) ... But ... they were shortcuts, and only shortcuts. More important, they were all under the Java folder. :eek:

    I tried to open one, and the pop-up came up stating that the item was either moved or deleted, and the only option I had was either to delete the chosen item or keep the shortcut. Not a mention of wanting to find the item myself. What the ??? :confused: :mad: :eek: :(

    • Can anyone tell me if there was a hijack done on my computer?
    • Would I be able to retrieve my stuff if I use those data recovery programs those respected companies such as CNET, ZDnet, Download.com have advertised on a trial basis?
    • Can I get that dirty @#%@# who hijacked my stuff, if of course, that was the case?
    Please help. Kindly appreciate it. :eek: :(

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