Have your antivirus program deleted some files from your computer? The deleted files can be: office documents like PowerPoint presentations, word file, excel sheet or they may be media files like images, songs, video etc. If it is, then you might be in some sort of panic as those files may have been of great importance to you and you don’t have know clue how to recover files deleted by antivirus. Nothing to worry about! You can recover files deleted by antivirus with just few steps and come out of this unlucky situation.
3 Simple Steps to Recover Antivirus Deleted Files and Programs for Windows PC
Step 1: Check Recycle Bin
Recycle Bin is a place used to save deleted files, so you can open it to see whether your deleted files are stored there. If yes, restore them. If not, go to step 2.
Step 2: Recover Antivirus Deleted Files and Programs from Quarantine
Most antivirus programs are designed with a Quarantine, which is a place to store potentially harmful files. It is a safe location because it isolates suspected items from the rest of operating system. Files moved to Quarantine are not permanently removed from our system, and users can return a mistakenly deleted file, folder, or program to its previous location here.
Step 3: Show Hidden Files
If you failed to find mistakenly deleted files in Quarantine, try showing hidden files using Windows Folder Options or CMD.
Show Hidden Files Using Folder Options
Go to Folder Options in Windows 7 or File Explorer Options in Windows 10, then click the View tab, check “Show hidden files, folders, and drives“, and apply the change.
Show Hidden Files Using CMD
Please type the following commands in CMD (here we take showing hidden files in partition E for example), and each type show be followed by a press on Enter key:
attrib *. -h -s /s /d
Then, you can check whether missing files are visible. If they are still missing, you’ll need to do data recovery.
Step 4: Recover Antivirus Deleted Files Using Data Recovery Software
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a free data recovery app for Windows users, and it is capable of recovering mistakenly deleted files, recovering files from lost/deleted partition, and retrieving data from existing partitions no matter they are accessible or inaccessible.
Firstly, you need to download and install the program to your Windows computer.
Then, launch it to get its main window.
To recover antivirus deleted files, you can try Undelete Recovery module at first, because it requires the least time. Select this module and the Undelete Recovery window appears:
Here, please select the partition where file loss emerges and click “Scan“. After several seconds, all scanning results will be shown.
Just look for files you want to restore and save them to another storage device.
If users failed to find files from the Undelete Recovery module, please go back to the main window of the program and choose Damaged Partition Recovery module.
In the window of Damaged Partition Recovery, please select the device which suffers data loss, and then click “Full Scan” which deep scans the selected drive so that it could furthest find needed files. Naturally, it will cost more time. Please wait patiently.
After successful scan, all files the program found will be shown. Please find and check files you want to recover and save them to another storage device.
Most antivirus programs are designed with a Quarantine, Kaspersky, Avast, Norton, McAfee, and AVG are widely used, and you can recover deleted files from the programs’ Quarantine. You may learn about the details by reading the whole article.