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How to Recover Data Files Deleted by Antivirus

Updated on Jan 26, 2018 by Abby Haines to Data Recovery

Summary

Files disappeared or deleted after antivirus scan? Don’t worry! This page introduces you the two best antivirus deleted files recovery solutions: CMD command prompt and EaseUS file recovery software and shows you how to recover data files deleted by antivirus tools like avast antivirus, Norton Internet Security, Kaspersky antivirus, quick heal, eset antivirus and other antivirus utilities step by step.

"I scanned my USB pen drive and Avast found some virus, I chose action Move to Chest but it was unsuccessful. So I chose action Delete. But now when I check again so many files very important with me were deleted. Can I recover them back?"

You get a virus and then try to remove it from your computer, USB drive, pen drive, SD card or other devices using an antivirus software, but finally, get your files deleted while removing the virus. It is the common case for users who lost data after Antivirus scan. But don't worry! Antivirus deleted data recovery is possible. There are two ways to do the job.

Recover files deleted by antivirus using cmd

Many users who lost files due to virus attack report that they successfully retrieve files using cmd. So, if you happened to face a similar situation, you can try to recover files deleted by antivirus using cmd. 

1. Press Windows + R and type: cmd.
2. Type: chkdsk E: /f and hit Enter. (Replace E: with the drive letter of your device where you lost or deleted files.)
3. Type: Y and hit Enter.
4. Type E: again and hit Enter. (Replace E: with the drive letter of your device where you lost or deleted files.)
5. Type: attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.* and hit Enter. 
Wait for the command prompt to execute the code. When it finished, you will see the command prompt is ready to receive new command again. After that, check your flash drive. It will contain 3 or 4 files and 1 folder or only 1 folder with no name. Delete all the files except for the folder. It contains all your missing files. Reorganize your files or rename the folder. 

Retrieve data deleted by antivirus with EaseUS data recovery software

If cmd command line fails to perform Antivirus deleted files recovery, please try the second way - recover files deleted by antivirus using EaseUS file recovery software. It can help you recover deleted files from virus infected hard drive, memory card and USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, etc.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software, select the disk from which you want to recover data and click "Scan" to search for all the lost and existing files.

Retrieve data deleted by antivirus  - select to scan the specific disk

Step 2. A quick scan will start first. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

Retrieve data deleted by antivirus  - run quick scan and deep scan

Step 3. After scan, choose the lost data found by this recovery tool and click "Recover" button to retrieve them back. Here, you'd better save all the recovered files on a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.

Selectively retrieve data deleted by antivirus