Recovery of Hidden Files from Virus Infected Hard Drive

Viruses are the malicious programs that damage the file structure of storage devices like hard drive making all the files inaccessible on it. There are number of unknown viruses that corrupt hard drive of a computer which may eventually lead to hard drive crash, failure, etc. serious problems. Well, some of the viruses that users are not aware of are Trojan horse, Worms, Melissa, Apple viruses, Klez worm, Code Red, internet virus NIMDA and many others.

When computer hard drive is affected by any virus threats, system starts behaving abnormally. Most commonly encountered situations with virus infected hard drives are listed here:

  • System will not boot-up properly
  • Frequently restarts by itself
  • Low performance – system responds very slowly for the given commands
  • Displays hard drive format error or other error messages

Most of the times virus intrusion to system hard drive results in missing of necessary files; thus, users get into serious trouble if there is no proper backup of lost files. Even though files are still present on the same drive, operating system will fail to track those files. There raises the question, how to recover hidden files from virus infected hard disk? Before knowing about the recovery strategy, know few reasons behind spyware attack on hard drive. There are number of ways in which system hard drive gets infected by viruses such as:

  • Downloading files or any programs from unsecured / unauthenticated web sites on internet will give way for entry of malicious virus programs in to system
  • Connecting virus infected external drives like USB flash drive, portable hard disk, memory cards, etc. to system will also give path for virus/malware

When files are lost on computer hard drive due to malware attack, then you need not worry because there are many reliable data recovery tools to extract such lost and hidden files. One such tool recommended by many industry experts is Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software. This program has inbuilt high technology data retrieval strategy to extract hidden or missing files from hard drives without any trouble.

The software has good number of satisfied customers in recovery of files from computer hard drives that are virus infected, formatted / reformatted, corrupted, unreadable, unmountable as well as from the drives that shows errors. One can easily restore files like MS Office documents, text files, executable files, program related files (.dll), Outlook PST data file, pictures, videos, songs, folders, etc. This program can be utilized to retrieve data from system hard drives, external hard disk drives, flash USB drives and other storage drives formatted with FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems. It supports to work on computers/laptops with various versions of Microsoft Windows operating system i.e. Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2008 and Windows 2003.

Procedural steps to retrieve lost files from virus infected hard drive:

  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software on a healthy Windows computer
  • Then connect your system hard drive to this computer as secondary / external hard drive
  • Install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool and run it by following the instructions
  • The main window gets displayed showing two options, “Partition Recovery” and “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery”
  • Now, click on Partition Recovery option to perform recovery of hidden files from hard drive
  • After clicking next, select the drive that represents externally connected virus infected hard disk drive
  • By clicking next, the software scans entire drive for missing files and displays a list of restorable files
  • Make your selection for required files by toggling between Data view and File type view
  • Then select a destination location on host system drive and save files

Important Note:

  • After noticing missing of files from virus infected hard drive, do not store any new data to it
  • Have proper backup of required files on multiple storage devices
  • Always perform antivirus scan before opening any downloaded files to avoid entry of viruses
  • Have powerful antivirus scan on your system to keep away from malicious programs