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windwakr



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I just lost many files I had stored on my desktop, and in subfolders of the desktop after running a program.... Sad . The program appeared to be fine, and ran in sandboxie perfectly normal(I was testing it in sandboxie first to see what it did). The moment I ran it out of the sandbox, everything on the desktop just disappeared. I immediately, almost as a reflex, unplugged my computer. I turned it back and found that only the stuff on the desktop(and folders on it) had been messed with. I did a system restore and got most of that shit back....but I lost the latest version of WindOS and some VERY important documents....Now I don't feel like ever reworking WindOS from the old source I posted here, and I GUESS I can go on without those documents. I even tried using recovery utilities, but the deleted files didn't show up in it. I also checked to see if they just had like a hidden attribute on them, but nope.

I should be glad that I only lost what I did though. I bet alot of you have lost your entire Hard drives to viruses or failures. I need to start backing up my important files from now on.....ugh.... Crying or Very sad

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Post 24 Sep 2009, 02:57
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windwakr wrote:
I need to start backing up my important files from now on.....ugh.... Crying or Very sad
This is the only safe solution. And it is often the case that something similar to what happened to you is the trigger that makes people "suddenly discover" the benefit of good and reliable backups.
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awww dood =(
btw just a morbid curiosity what program was that? xD
Post 24 Sep 2009, 05:22
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Well, the exact program doesn't matter. But I can assure you it wasn't anything too illegal. I've already gotten over it with a good sleep. I mean, just look how I reacted over some magnetism stored on a spinning disc! I need to detach myself from my computer. That, and I'll be keeping backups on both a 2GB flash drive and a 2GB sd card, until I can get a good reliable secondary drive for my computer.

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sad to hear you lose ur important files, perhaps you can try the freeware pandora (i posted last time on heap) i could recover deleted files.

i actually used that to recover my hard disk because of 1 stupid mistake i made in an urgent time.
Post 24 Sep 2009, 16:25
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I tried that program and a few others. But I think the two system restores I did right after it happened overwrote the files. Like I said, I'm over it now. I think I tracked it down to a badly functioning batch file.

Code:
.........
for /d %%a in (*.*) DO (
rd /s /q %%a
)
.......
    

Would that cause what happened to me?

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You actually fell prey to a batch file? Laughing

hmm in Sandboxie, the files on your desktop should have appeared in the sandbox with size=0, it's a sign of deleting a file not in the sandbox...

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Post 24 Sep 2009, 17:01
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Perfectly good reason to have two computers.
One for going online and one for everything else.
I would never plug my good PC into the internet.
Post 24 Sep 2009, 23:43
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How do you update it?

Seriously, most of you people here are like David Vetter, except it wasn't voluntary for him.:Image

You spend your online lives in bubbles, safe from viruses.

I'll quote what I've said elsewhere in the forum because I'm too lazy to rewrite one that goes good here:
ME Smile wrote:

People who disable stuff are like people who live their lives in a bubble. Yes, they get total safety from malicious code in webpages, but they don't get to experience most of the web, they're stuck to their few little "safe" sites, everything else requires javascript or a certain plugin. Yes, people without "bubbles" get hurt/infected sometimes, but that's just how life goes, get used to it.

Do you live your real life in a bubble?


Even though this happened to me, it's not gonna change how I do stuff. This shit happens, and I'm not gonna go paranoid and disconnect my computer from the internet to be safe.

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bitshifter's way to connect to internet:

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Post 25 Sep 2009, 01:15
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windwakr: Your quote suggests that you live your life on the Internet. And that somehow by turning things off you are missing out on life.

For me, the Internet is a tool, the computer is a tool. In just the same way that I don't store my pliers outside on the wet grass; I don't want them to go prematurely rusty, I look after them so that I can continue to use them when I need them.

I use these tools to do my work. If my tools malfunction then I can't do my work. When/if my tools do malfunction then I have to do extra work to restore my tools to working order. I'd rather do a minimum amount of work and enjoy the rest of my life so I keep my tools in working order.
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i love internet
i live internet
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Post 25 Sep 2009, 01:31
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revolution wrote:
windwakr: Your quote suggests that you live your life on the Internet......

You know, I do spend a lot of time on it.....you may be right.... Confused

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Well i dont use any protection at all.
I hate having anti-viri software running.
And my browser is not limited to safe sites.
This is why is use two computers.
If someone jams my internet PC i lose nothing.
I would simply restore it back to factory defaults.
My other PC is full of code from the last ten years.
I could not afford to lose any of that information.
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bitshifter wrote:
My other PC is full of code from the last ten years.
I could not afford to lose any of that information.
So what happens when^H^H^H^H^H if your HDD crashes?
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Quote:

So what happens when^H^H^H^H^H if your HDD crashes?

maybe he will open another thread then in heap to discuss about why his f***ing hd crashed.. hehe.
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revolution wrote:
So what happens when^H^H^H^H^H if your HDD crashes?
I have 4 HDD's and about 10 DVD's full of backup.
So if it crashes i throw it in the trash and plug another in.

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revolution wrote:
Your quote suggests that you live your life on the Internet.
What's wrong with that? Chances are much fewer to get something bad than in "real life", where a random psycho could just stab you in the back, and you couldn't take any "precautions". Razz

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Borsuc: I think I would not like to live in Romania if that is how you all live your lives, in fear of being stabbed. Confused
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