I was running an audio production program when my disk space was running low and "Windows disk cleanup" appeared and it inquired if I wanted run it. After declining many times I finally decided to run it and, frankly, it didn't seem to recover all that much space for me. What did happened though was that the next time I started my computer, a message of "bad or missing command interpreter" appeared alerting me that "command.com was missing". I decided that I would replace it with a good copy that I had on a good hard drive. I then restarted the computer and got the same message, only this time telling me that "msdos.sys" was missing, so I copied that one over as well. Each time I restarted the computer, more and more files were coming up missing and I was never able to get Windows to start. I then decided that, to retrieve my important files, I would make this corrupted drive as a slave and use a good drive that I have as the primary, so I can access the bad one as my D:. After doing this, I found that on the corrupted drive, the 'Windows' folder was now named as 'WINEOWS!.!', the 'Program Files' folder became 'PSOGRA~1!.!', etc, etc
Basically all important folders got renamed with one of the letters within the name incremented up by a letter or two (ie, the "d" in WinDows is now an "e") plus they end with exclaimation points. When I try accessing these folders from within Windows (the good install I have) I get an error saying "the file has been moved or removed". I notice that it still takes up all the same amount space as it did before on the drive although now when I right-click the properties of the folder, it is displayed as 0 bytes.
As I said before the priority is retrieving my .WAV files that are saved in those folders, I just need to get access to them, so I can copy them over to another drive. Does anyone know of a virus, worm or trojan that would rename folders like this and make them inaccessible. I also already tried accessing these folders from a command prompt with no success either. If anyone can offer any suggestions on what this could be and how I can get my files back, you would really be helping to save my livelihood. Thank you in advance.