How to Remove Virus That Automatically Delete Files

Jean updated on Oct 13, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Grab the simple fixes here in case the virus that automatically delete files when you try to open them. Download EaseUS data recovery software to recover all types of files deleted by viruses, including pictures, documents, videos, music, and more. Besides, use a powerful tool to remove the virus that deletes files.

About Virus That Automatically Delete Files

The virus exists every day, some of which are less harmful and some are more harmful. Some viruses can delete files, like the CIH virus. The CIH virus, also known as the Chernobyl virus, threatened to delete files automatically and erase the core system code kept in flash memory on the motherboard of certain types of computers. This page will focus on the virus that automatically delete files

How to protect files from virus that automatically delete files
How to remove virus that delete files from computer
Virus that automatically delete files FAQs

How to Protect Files from Virus That Automatically Delete Files

When you cannot open a file or folder by double-clicking as usual, be careful! You're very likely threatened by a virus! Many people are reporting that the virus deletes files when they try to open them, and asking an effective solution to virus file recovery badly. Let's see an example.

"Virus! Please help me out. When I try to open any file such as a movie, video, picture, and document on my USB stick, it became a shortcut and double-clicking doesn't open it. Instead, I can only delete it. What should I do? How to remove a virus that automatically delete files?"

How to Recover Files from Virus That Deletes Files 

The computer and laptop virus is loathful and disgusting. Also, it's dangerous. It can slow down your system performance, delete all your important files. What's worse, it encrypts files so that you can hardly get them back.

For the case that virus deletes files when you try to open them, you can rely on two effective methods: to recover virus infected files using cmd or try a third-party file recovery software.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a qualified virus file recovery software, being specialized in retrieving data after being deleted or hidden by the virus on various storage devices, including computer hard drive, external USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive and so on.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the disk partition or storage device where you lost files and click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. This program will quickly start a scanning process to find lost files. When the process accomplishes, you can double-click files to have a preview before selection.

scan deleted files

Step 3. Choose the files you want. Then click the "Recover" button to get them back. You should save the data to another safe spot in your PC/storage device, not where they lost.

Restore lost data from drive which was infected by virus

How to Remove Virus That Automatically Delete Files

With files being well protected and restored, you should start immediately to find a powerful antivirus software or perhaps use cmd to remove the virus from any drive in Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7.

Follow the detailed guide to remove virus that deletes everything

Just give you an example. I am going to delete'autorun.inf' virus from my USB drive, which is D:

1. Right-click on Start and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Sign in with your Administrator account and password if the system asks.
2. Type: D: and hit Enter. (Replace D: with the drive letter where the virus files exist.)
3. Type: attrib and hit Enter.
4. Type: attrib -r -a -s -h *.* and hit Enter.
5. Type: del autorun.inf and hit Enter. 

Manual input of the command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause more severe problems. Therefore, for security and usability, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative. EaseUS Tools M is a practical tool that enables you to check and fix files system error, enable/disable write protection and system update with one-click instead of typing intricate command lines.

Follow the simple steps below to show hidden files with this 1-click-fix software. 

Step 1.  DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free.

Step 2. Start EaseUS Tools M, choose "File Showing" on the left pane. Next, choose the target drive for scanning.

show hidden files - step 2

Step 3. After the operation completes, click the View button to check the hidden files. 

show hidden files - step 3

Virus That Automatically Delete Files FAQs

1. Is Autorun a virus? is a virus that is usually spread through infected external devices like USB drives. Once an infected USB disk is introduced to your system, the virus can destroy your computer, self-executing files, destroying important documents, and replicating itself so that it is hard to remove.

2. Can a virus delete all your files?

The viruses are very troublesome, they can delete your important files (photos, audios, videos, documents, etc.), make data inaccessible (or hidden), convert your files into shortcuts, and even destroy your system. But you don't have to panic because there are many ways to remove the virus that deletes files. If the virus deletes your files, you can also recover them through a virus recovery program.

3. How to recover files eaten by virus?

If you encounter a virus that automatically deletes files, you can recover files eaten by the virus in three steps using EaseUS virus recovery software.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the disk partition where the virus has deleted files. Click the "Scan" button to start.

Step 2. When scanning for lost files accomplishes, you can have a preview before selection.

Step 3. Choose the files to recover you want.

4. How to remove the Blackmail virus that deletes files?

Blackmail virus set to delete files. To remove this virus, you need to clean your networks of a malicious mass-mailing computer virus, before compromised systems reach the first trigger date and start deleting eleven types of files.

5. How do I remove auto delete virus?

To remove a virus that automatically deletes files, use the following CMD. After this, use anti-virus software to remove the virus completely.

Step 1. Right-click on Start and select Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 2. Type D: and hit Enter. (Replace D: with the drive letter where the virus files exist.)

Step 3.Type attrib and hit Enter.

Step 4. Type attrib -r -a -s -h *.* and hit Enter.

Step 5. Type del autorun.inf and hit Enter.

6. Is it better to quarantine or delete a virus? 

Removing viruses is best for your computer and data security. You can use the CMD and anti-virus software to remove the virus completely.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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