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The Photo Masacre Has Begun...... At Least On Mine  
User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

Sad, sad day for me. A virus got onto my computer last night unknowingly while playing FS multiplayer and this morning I come to edit my photos and what do you know? 90% are now Airline logos (i.w Skyservice, Air 2000). and 5% cannot be opened becuase they are corrupt. So I only have 5% of my photos, which I am currently saving onto a disk along with other prized posessions. My Concorde trip report which was almost complete was also lost along with all my Flight Sim .dll files and a couple of urgent word documents  Sad  Sad  Sad  Sad Tomorrow I will be formatting my HD and reinstalling Windoze. A firewall is within my reach but greatly diminishes the memory of the computer.

Now Airliners.net will be a retreat for me to see my photos which are no more.

Martin


Chelsea Football Club supporter.
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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3966 times:

Stop everything !
If you're on 2000 or XP, try booting in safe mode and running System Restore.
Mounting the HDD on another computer could also work out.

UTA



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

I never made a restore point and the pictures are still corrupt/gone in safe mode. :Yes, i'm WinXP. Thanks for the suggestion though!


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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3939 times:

WinXP creates restore points automatically by default (provided you haven't turned the feature off).

UTA



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

Restore points should be taking place automatically. And I would try mapping that drive from another, (well protected) pc and scanning from the second pc, or just trying to read them from it.

User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3772 times:

Half of my registry is already corrupt along with most of my files and I managed to put whatever I needed on disk. The restoration does not work (I tried) and it gives no reason.... I guess it is corrupt too  Sad

Thanks for the help from everyone
Cheers



Chelsea Football Club supporter.
User currently offlineRotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

Sorry to hear this. Theres a program out there called "Digital Image Recover) that can work miracles at recovering corrupt photo files. Small program without a website, got it from a friend. Shoot me an e-mail once things work out on the viral end and I'll be happy to e-mail it to you so you can give it a shot. Rotor at cox dot net.

Hopefully something works out.

-Mike



The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

This is why you really need to back you photo's up to CD/DVD regularly. It is a REAL hard lesson to learn. Martin, I hope you can recover. There are some service companies out there who can take your hardrive and try to recover it. They ain't cheap, but given what you are loosing, it may be worth it.


User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

I would still give it a fight. Viruses usually don't corrupt jpeg or raw files. I had similar problem last year and was able to recover all photos by booting Win Explorer from the Windows CD.

Daniel


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

So you've learned three things (or should have):
NEVER be online without a firewall, don't listen to the idiots who tell you to turn it off when playing FS to get better framerates...
Keep Windows up to date, this prevents most if not all such infections from happening...
Make regular backups...



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3568 times:

Another thing I gorgot to mention - try a new install from the WinXP CD and overwrite the previous Windows installation WITHOUT reformatting previously - that sometimes works.

Will



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3559 times:
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I don't know what you are connecting to the internet on but if it is DSL or Cable you should try a router the best 'firewall' protection around.

And it does not take up computer power.



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User currently offlineBIGDEN From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3532 times:

Martin,
A catastrophe indeed. If you can source a new HD, save your old one and possibly some company can recover your files. Start fresh and keep working on the problem. The cost for a new HD and OS will be less than your investment in your hard work.
Good luck!
Denis



Never met a 747 I didn't like!
User currently offlineMriya From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

Future reference, get PartitionMagic and use it to split up your hard drive into at least two chunks- a 5-10 gig chunk for windows and NOTHING else, and the rest being for programs, photos, whatever. Preferably a third chunk just for the photos. This way, if windows fails miserably (boy can that OS crash..), you can reformat the drive windows was on without batting an eye: All files remain intact, you would only have to reinstall programs so that the shell shortcuts are still available. This is what I do, and I regularly flush windows and reformat the c drive to clear out viruses while all my other stuff stays safe and squeaky clean.. so far, so good!

Norton makes a restore utility that does a good job recovering files.. I forget what it's called, but if you run it several times, even after a reformat, you can recover pretty much anything. Which leads me to this: if you ever have to get rid of truly sensitive files, write zeroes to the hard drive- The FORMAT C: command will NOT get rid of the files!

Also, back up everything onto any media you can! Redundancy is the key to long term file survival!



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