Has your computer been infected with viruses, spyware, adware, or any other forms of malware? After the infection, have you noted that certain files are missing from your Windows environment? Are you unsure where to turn next? If this is the case then it is time to turn to a little data recovery – to get those deleted files back.
In all honesty, most spyware and other forms of malware are simply a nuisance; they bog down your CPU and create constant pop-up ads; however, rarely do they do something as malicious as delete computer files. Yet, there are the occasionally severe infections which do just that. And when this does happen you will need to take one of two different paths (assuming you didn’t take the time to back up your data on a regular basis – which is always the preferable solution to any of these problems).
The first option you have is to send your computer into to a data recovery shop. In this situation, professionals will take a look at your computer and attempt to retrieve whatever files you may have lost. This is truly the best option; however, it can become quite expensive and take quite a bit of time to complete (as you have to send your PC in and wait for them to get it back to you).
The second option you have is to partake in a little bit of do-it-yourself data recovery. In this situation you download a free, fairly easy to use, program from the Internet and attempt to recover those lost files. There are a whole host of options out there; however Recuva and Mini Tool Power Data Recovery, are two of the better options out there. Simply head over to their sites and read their documentation to get a rough idea how to use them.
Before we finish, it is important to remind you that recovering your data is useless if done before your computer is completely void of viruses and other forms of malware. Therefore, make sure to clean your computer of any and all infections (using programs such as Avast, Antivir, MalwareBytes, and the like) before attempting to bring back your files. Furthermore, if you happen to run into these problems try to learn from your mistakes. In the future, always make sure to back up your data on a regular basis. This will prevent needless computing frustration in the future.