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How to Recover Data Files Deleted by Antivirus

Updated on Nov 14, 2018 by Abby Haines to Data Recovery


Did files disappeared or deleted after antivirus scan? Don’t worry! This page introduces you two antivirus deleted files recovery solutions: CMD command prompt and EaseUS file recovery software. You'll learn how to recover data files deleted by antivirus tools like avast antivirus, Norton Internet Security, Kaspersky antivirus, quick heal, 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?"

Suppose 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, your files get deleted while removing the virus. This is a common case for users who lost data after Antivirus scan. Don't worry! Antivirus deleted data recovery is possible. There are two ways to do the job.

Method 1. 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 finishes, 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. 

Method 2. Retrieve data deleted by antivirus using 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, USB flash drive, SD card, and pen drive, etc.

1. Select the desired data location

Select the location from where you have lost files after anti-virus scan program. For example, you lose files from C drive after using the anti-virus program, then you should select the C drive.

select the location where the antivirus deleted your data

2. Scan the anti-virus deleted files

Click Scan to generate a Tree-view of all the recoverable files.

With intuitive user-interface, the recovery process is quite straightforward and does not demand technical expertise. 

let the software scan the antivirus deleted data

3. Recover the anti-virus deleted files

Select the desired files from the list and preview what you want to recover. You can click the "Deleted files" option to find the desired files. The "Filter" option provides a quick way to your wanted files, click the option if you have difficulty in finding the desired files.

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