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These days PC viruses have become very common therefore, there are several instances when after inserting your flash drive in an infected PC, you end up not seeing your files anymore. It can also take place after scanning your flash drive with certain anti-virus programs. This normally happens a lot with folders. Many people after showing hidden files, if they still don't see them, think that they are gone. No they are not. I have solved a lot of such problems for people. Here's what to do: Download 'WinRAR' software for free on the internet. An example is http://www.rarlab.com/rar/wrar390.exe 1. Now double click and follow the instructions to install. 2. Be sure that you have inserted the affected flash drive in usb port. 3. Click the start button and go to programs. And then to WinRAR. 4. When WinRAR opens, use the drop down arrow to select your flash drive. 5. After selecting it, you will see that all your 'missing' folders and files are showing (except the files that were removed because they were infected by viruses). 6. Now you cannot right-click and copy so you would have to use control+c to copy. 7. Create a folder on a different drive that you would copy the files that you need into. 8. Now, in the WinRAR, you can open any folder that you need by highlighting all or a selected number of files and use control+c to copy and then paste them in your created folder ( by either right-clicking and selecting paste or using control+v). I recommend that you recreate the folders that you have on the flash drive using the same folder names and then copy only files into them. This is because, files always show when copied but folders do not always show when copied. You can then wipe your flash drive and recopy the retrieved files/folders into it. That is all. You have successfully recovered your files. Hope this was helpful. All the best.

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I recently got a trojan horse on a pc whilst my Gogear was plugged into the pc charging. After i wiped the virus off my pc i noticed my mp3 would'nt play the mp3 files n flashed a red light instead of the normal green. So the same say i plugged it back into my pc and i instantly got the same trojan horse on my computer. Is there a way to fix my mp3 without infecting my computer or is it ready for the bin ?. Thanks, Lee


a couplle of options is to see if your PC Antivirus has an option to detect trojans etc on your USB devices. Gogear are basically usb storage devices that act as music players. you have a trojan that has changed settings in you computer. ZFirst set of steps is to eliminate the trojan from your gogear ( after re cleaning your PC). So try these steps. or you can try and reformat the gogear as well.

Instructions
    • 1 Press the "Shift" key as you insert the USB drive into your computer. Holding down "Shift" will keep the computer from auto-playing the device. Click "Cancel" to exit the auto-run if you do not hold "Shift" down long enough and the auto-play function starts.
    • 2 Open the Windows Command Prompt by clicking "Start" and then highlighting and clicking "Run." Type "cmd" (without the quotes) in the text box, and press "Enter." If you use Windows Vista, click the Windows icon, then type "cmd" in the "Search" box and hit "Enter."
    • 3 Switch the Command Prompt to your USB flash drive by typing the letter of the drive followed by a colon--for example, "F:" without the quotes--and pressing "Enter." You can locate the letter that Windows assigns to your flash drive by clicking "Start," then highlighting and clicking "My Computer."
    • 4 List the directory of files on your flash drive by typing "dir/w/o/a/p" (no quotes) into the Command Prompt and pressing "Enter." This line will tell your USB drive to compile and display a list of all files.
    • 5 Locate common viruses, Trojan horses, or malicious files in the list. Two of the most commonly reported pieces of USB malware will appear as "Autorun.inf" or "smss.exe" (both without the quotes). Unless you are using your USB to transfer a program from one computer to another, you should be suspicious of any executable file--file types ending ".exe"--that appears in your flash drive's directory. Also, as a general rule of thumb, if you see any files on your USB drive other than ones you have personally stored on it, your flash drive is infected.
    • 6 Set your USB drive to show all files so that you can delete them. Copy and paste "attrib -r -a -s -h *.*" (without the quotes) into the command prompt and press "Enter." These letters stand for "Read Only, Archive, System and Hidden File," and entering this line will tell your USB file to recognize them.
    • 7 Delete any viruses, Trojan horses, malware and suspicious files. Type "del" (no quotes) followed by a space and then the name of the file; for instance, "del smss.exe". Press "Enter" to delete that file from your USB flash drive.

Feb 02, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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what really can be the cause of my pc rebooting the moment i insert my pendrive?


Hello there.
If you are saying that the computer reboots everytime you insert the USB device, most likely the cause of this behavior is due to a virus. A virus that is currently on your pen drive. I would suggest you have it scanned first using an Anti-virus so that your computer will not be infected.

Nov 05, 2010 | PNY 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Blue/Black

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gigabyte motherboard ep45-ud3p shutdowns after bootup


Good day sir/maam, the reasons are several, but there are two common reason why it behaves like that.
  1. Bad windows installation or it is infected by a virus that resets you pc regularly, you may need to reinstall a clean copy of windows and scan all your flash drives with anti-virus softwares.
  2. Bad power supply box. swap out any good power supply or better buy a new one.
hope this helps, feel free to ask hope this helps.

Oct 04, 2009 | Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P - Motherboard - ATX...

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