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Hello all, I have a question that I hope some bright minds here can help answer.

Can a virus merely move or hide your files? I ask this because a friend was using my computer the other day. According to her it reset itself and when it came back it had cleaned out a lot of my games and documents. I tried doing multiple system restores and each time it filled my hard drive up but hardly any files were replaced (that I could find). I found some program running in the back round which i canceled in the task manager and I found the file that was bugging things up. Unfortunately I don't recall the name of the file (it was something like ssffhsh or some nonsense) or where I found it. But it no longer runs and my system is clean of viruses. I was willing to concede and accept that all my files were lost, but the hard drive space being taken up was bugging me as well as these custom menus I created (on the task bar) that held all my shortcuts are telling me that the location is unavailable and could be on another drive. Well I only have C: drive and my cd rom drive. Any chance my files are hiding somewhere or are they gone? And what files could my computer be finding that would fill up my drive with 90 gigs of stuff.

I just play The Sims on my computer and sometimes some online games at like Pogo and stuff. I have yet to find out exactly what she was doing on my comp but I don't think it was anything other than surfing *shrug*.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

AVG Virus Scanner is taking over 3 hours (which is much longer than ever before) and its scanning a folder which I cannot find called c:\system volume information restore which appears to have a lot of stuff as that is where most of the scanning is going on.

Edited by plambyflan, 20 May 2007 - 05:22 PM.

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