71. Wedew Aysiku II:Dumb File’s Heist (The Sequel to The Curse of the Zlovel_4evr@yahoo.com)

Apparently there is no silver bullet for this problem. Heck, there ain’t even a bronze one. But the main thing is to have your files, at least once in your lifetime, tampered with by the virus, and you ending up angrier, sorrier and more desperate.


That was the as of yet not waned spirit of the Olympics.


Now somewhere down the line I have said that Easyrecovery may be the answer. But there are three computers in the lab and one of them (even though it does not have Easyrecovery installed) does the same thing as the computer (downstairs) which has Easyrecovery installed. What is this thing that these computers do? They display faded files whose names begin with Hid_ and are followed by the original names of the files that have been changed to 1 kb and with the right file size. The 1 kb files will still be there in their 1 kbness and brightness. The next thing to do will be open the faded files individually and save them onto a folder somewhere on the computer. The files will retain the Hid_, that is inconsequential and could be fixed the usual way, and regain their brightness and lose the 1 kb and get the right file size and are ready to be paraded into the world of files with new-found confidence and self-respect. Sounds like a cosmetics advert.


When all the files have been recovered that way, the flash can then be formatted and the files sent to it from the folder on the computer (not so safe from personal experience, the files may again be struck) or burned onto a CD. The files are finally ready to be seen on a computer that does show the hidden files.


The above is how my friends do it and what I have adopted as the best way of dealing with the scourge.


What is the exact basis for recovery? WONK T’NOD I. Turning on the “view hidden files” option alone may not be it because the other two computers in the lab and some more have been set this way but do not show hidden files. And there is nothing special in my view about the two computers on which I have witnessed with my four eyes files being salvaged from absolute and annoying nothingness into meaningful existence.  Except may be for their having Za Shitrino processors and the shiny “Recover ‘em like dat!” on their system units.


My advice to you:


-Have either the brains or the luck (like I had) to configure into recovery-mode or be in the presence of a computer that does recovery, respectively,


-Have the patience to carefully recover your files in case there is a shit load of them,



– Have the wisdom to choose between a flash, a CD or a combo, when taking the files for use on another computer.


I understand that luck is something not to be dwelled upon but to be shared with others. And I choose to share my luck with damsels in distress (from the virus) who happen to reside in Addis Ababa. I promise, no tiene nada que ver con losing anything. It is about recovery muchacha!





3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tibebe
    Sep 07, 2008 @ 09:11:01

    It was all about cure thus far. But now…

    1.Here is a preventive measure ( while file1.exe is still there) I learned from my advisor:

    Before sending a word file to your flash, rename the doc. extension to .moc. When .doc files get corrupted, .moc files will stay as they are. After copying the .moc files to another computer, rename them back to .doc. Even with the .moc still there, you may be able to open the files.

    If the extensions of files are not visible, go to tools>folder options>view, and see if the “hide extensions for known file types “box is checked.

    2. And a way of preventing computers from corrupting files- just an observation and don’t ask me about phases of clinical trial

    Go to start menu>all programs>startup and see if there is the file.exe.; right click and delete it. The anti virus may recognize it and assist in the process (it was Avast in my case). If you have succeded in deleting file.exe. from the start up , there will not be file.exe in your flash and the computer will no longer change files to 1kb.

    There will be relative peace until you bring the virus from another computer and ….here we go again 😦


  2. betty
    Aug 28, 2008 @ 22:57:14

    I say Aye


  3. tibebe
    Aug 28, 2008 @ 15:04:43

    Oh and the virus should be named “Silefikir”. What say you?


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