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What type of encoding is this?


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kruppa

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Hello,

I'm not sure if this is completely relevant to this section of the forum, but it seemed more at home here than anywhere else I saw. I used a file recovery program to recover a file that was out of my recycle bin a few weeks ago. The file was originally an AIM logged IM conversation that is saved as default as a .htm document. When the program recovered the file, it got about half of the conversation, but the other half came out with all characters like this "SA % 䝣" Does anybody know how/if I can convert this type of text into plain text so it's legible?

Thank you in advance for any help!
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stettybet0

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its most likely that part of the file had been overwritten since it had been deleted. (since, when you normally empty the recycle bin, it doesn't physically delete the files, it just tells the computer to forget about them and that it is okay to write over them.) in this case. the lost part of the conversation is probably unrecoverable. in the very unlikely and odd event that half of the file randomly encrypted itself, there's no way to decrypt it without knowing the key which was used to encrypt it...

in either case, you may be able to hire a specialist to recover/decrypt the file if the conversation is very important... but I'd better be pretty darn important (ie. fate of the world depends on it).
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