Retrieve Files from Virus Infected Folder

“I moved many folders to pen drive from office desktop to work at home. When I plugged the pen drive on my computer at home and tried to access files from folders. Unfortunately, all files present in it were showing shortcut icon due to virus infection. When I clicked on shortcut files, they were inaccessible. Those inaccessible files are important to me as they are related to my office work. Can I retrieve files from virus infected folder on Windows system? Please help me!!!”

Virus is malicious application that corrupts file structure of storage device and make your files unreadable. There are many number of virus where some of them are not aware by users like Worms, Trojan horse, Code Red, Apple virus, NIMDA, Melissa and many more. Virus are intended to make device corrupt or infect folder and files, no matter what the device it is. Virus present on computer can replicate itself and infect other entire system by losing files in it. However, accidentally most of them would have saved many vital files on virus infected folder resulting in losing of files.

Reasons in which folder get infected by virus are given below:

  • Connecting virus infected external hard drive to system will give path for virus to infect folder present in it by making files inaccessible
  • Downloading unsafe online program on internet will allow virus to intrude computer and infect folder and make it unreadable
  • When Windows hard drive is affected by virus then your computer will not boot properly, restarts by itself frequently, performance becomes slow for given command and also displays disk format error

From above mentioned scenarios user may get into trouble if there is no proper backup of lost files. In such conditions it is recommended to use reliable file recovery software.

Tool to recover files from virus infected folder:

Yodot File Recovery application can easily retrieve formatted, lost or erased files from virus infected folder on Windows computer. It can retrieve files, audio files, video files, picture files, Excel sheets, PPT files, PDF, Outlook files and many other. It has ‘RAW Search’ option to locate particular files with unique signature to avoid full system scan. It can retrieve all files from hard drive, memory card, SSD drives, USB drive, FireWire drive, external hard drive and many such devices. The best feature of this tool is that it does not alter the structure of original file during the recovery process. This program also restores folders from storage device formatted with NFTS, NFTS5, FAT16, ExFAT, FAT32, ReFS file systems. This utility can run on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 OS based computers.

Steps to recover files from virus infected folder:

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software on healthy computer
  • Launch the tool and you will get two options on main screen as ‘Deleted File Recovery’ and ‘Lost File Recovery’
  • Select as per your requirement to rescue lost or deleted files from virus infected folder and proceed next
  • Select the drive from where files are lost from folder
  • Now select the file types or click on 'Skip' option to select all files by default then allow it to scan
  • After the completion of scanning process, tool allows you to view restored files in 'Data View' or 'File Type View'
  • Finally save those recovered files using 'Save' option in desired destination location


  • To avoid virus infection on folder, install reliable anti-virus program
  • Do regular back up of important files on multiple storage devices