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lindseyny99

retrieving deleted files - ad aware

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I did a scan with AD-AWARE without using proper security measures and have lost

over 1,000 documents including several years work of family

history!! Please help....how can I retrieve deleted files

from ad aware scans? Is there a way to contact support

other than this forum?

 

aline

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Hi aline,

 

Not sure how an Ad-Aware scan achieved that but unless you deleted the files instead of (or after) quarantining them, yes you can recover them. That is, it it was the Ad-Aware scan that did it...

 

If you have your Ad-Aware set to the default safety settings (click the "Configuration Cog Wheel" icon at the upper-right of the main Status Screen):

 

AAW_Config_General.gif

 

In the General section, under Safety, you should have a green tick beside the options "Automatically quarantine objects prior to removal" and "Safe mode (always request confirmation)". If you do then go back to the main Status Page:

 

AAW_Status_Screen.gif

 

Click on the link in the lower-centre "Open Quarantine list".

 

If the above options were set correctly, you should find a quarantine file dated the day that you did the scan. Double-click it and you will get a log of the quarantined items. If it is the correct Quarantine file, close the log, then click on "Restore" (in the bottom-right corner).

 

I hope that that gives you back the files that you are looking for.

 

Regards,

 

Spike

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hi spike,

 

thanks for your reply....yes, unforntunately i did not have those safety measures ticked

and did not quarentine my files.

 

i rarely used ad-aware and didn't realize it's potential....at some point i must have unclicked

the quarantine default setting

 

so short of using an "undelete" program...there probably isn't much i can do...is there?

 

boo hoo

aline

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Hi aline,

 

Sorry to hear that. At the moment, I use Norton Systemworks 2005 (2006 is a bit too resource-heavy for my liking), which includes a module that keeps copies of deleted files for a given number of days - I take it that you don't have anything like that?

 

If the documents really are vital, you should be able to find a computer forensics expert somewhere near your location - deleted files are not actually deleted, you just can't see them any more. May cost a bit but the files should be recoverable, even if their location has been over-written.

 

Regards,

 

Spike

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Hi Spike,

 

No, I don't have the Norton program, but I will check around to see if I can find help in recovering the files.

 

I've been told it is a bad idea to keep using my computer in the meantime, but I have too much work pressing not to. How long are deleted files usually recoverable? Or does that vary?

 

Thanks for your help. Live and learn!

 

Aline

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Hi aline,

 

Depends what, and how often, info is over-written where the files were.

 

Have only a vague idea as to how they do it - but hey, look at what they recovered from deleted emails at Enron and MS ( to name but two).

 

For what it's worth, I'd get the files recovered sooner rather than later. The more that is over-written, I guess the harder it would be - but that is only a guess :)

 

Good luck,

 

Spike

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