An Anglesey business client rang me yesterday saying that he had lost all his desktop icons and all his documents. As you can imagine he was very worried about losing all of his business files. The cause was a new virus doing the rounds at the moment called “Windows Recovery”. One of the things that the scamware does is to hide files, they are still on the PC but just hidden from view.
There appears to be more than one version of the virus going around but this one was the basic form and I was able to quickly remove and restore access to his files. However there is another version which makes it a lot more difficult to recover your uninfected system. Please make sure that you have a secure valid back up of any files on your PC.