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Some virus changed all my .mp3 files to .jpeg files, how to change all those back ?

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Try typing .mp3 in place of the .jpg at the end of the file name ^^

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I think you have a trojan or virus too.  So:

Let's see if we can get rid of -or at least identify- the virus:
Download and install (all these are free):

Avira (antivirus- the free version is fine)
MalwareBytes (anti-trojan and malware)
WinPatrol (detects programs adding themselves to startup)

No anti-nastyware package is 100% perfect.  ALL antivirus programs, for example, miss some viruses that others detect.  The thing is, you can't run more than one antivirus program on your computer because they interfere with each other.  That said; the above 3 programs work well together; are pretty effective; and best of all are free.  It's what I use myself; and the programs all scored well in the 'best of 2009' stakes.  Next year, it'll probably be different programs, but these are good as of now.

Install the 3 programs; Update them with current virus info; run a complete system scan of everything.  Hopefully, that will get rid of the virus.  If it doesn't, post a comment back here and we'll try manual removal...but that can get complicated, so we'll try the easy way for now.

GETTING YOUR MUSIC BACK (NOTE: Get rid of the virus first or it will just rename them back):
It may or may not be possible to get your music depends what the virus has done to them.  

If it's just renamed them, that's easy, so we'll test that first:
In Windows Explorer, find your MP3 folder.  Right-click on one and select rename.  Change the file from .exe to .mp3.  It'll come up with an "Are you sure you want to do this?" warning.  Yes, we're sure.
Then double-click on the newly-renamed mp3 file.  If your music player pops up and it plays the music file all the way through then that's great and all we have to do is rename them.  If you get 'file not recognised' or other serious errors, then come back here and post a comment and we'll  try to rescue them.  The worst case here is that the virus has not only renamed your music, but also turned it into an exe containing the virus; in which case it may be difficult or impossible to save them.  But we'll give it a go.

Assuming that the virus has only renamed your files, we need a program to rename them back.  This one is good (and free!):
Download and install it.  Open it.  Browse to your MP3 directory, and select all the exe files that you want to rename back to MP3.  (Click ONCE on the top one; hold the SHIFT key down and press the down arrow till you get to the bottom of the list).  I know the program looks fearsome, but don't worry, here's what we do:

In the part marked Extensions (11):
1) Select "Remove" from the drop-down
2) You'll see the "New Name" column turn green and it will show you a preview of the files with no .exe at the end.
3) Press the "Rename" button.  This will perform the action.
4) Select "Add" from the dropdown in Extensions (11)
5) Type mp3 in the box next to the dropdown
6) In the new name column, all the files will change to file.mp3
7) Press "Rename"
8) Repeat for all subdirectories

NOTE: If you're absolutely positive you have no other filetypes in your mp3 folder and subfolders (no album art, no playlists etc) then you can untick the "folders" and tick the "subfolders" boxes in the "Selections (12)" section; select the mp3s you want to change in the base directory and all the subfolders too.  The program will then go through the subfolders and change ALL of the files in one hit.  Personally, I'd do it subfolder by subfolder, so I could see the files being have to be very careful doing bulk actions with a program this powerful.

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