I treat all my computers with the same respect a horse racer would treat his horse, the same way a Tour de France contestant would treat his bike and an astronaut his telescope. Some people however do things differently, to them a computer is just a toy.
My cousin Sue is one of them. After borrowing my computer for the weekend, officially so she could do her homework, she never bothered to update the antivirus, plugged in any USB memory stick she could find and clicked on all the wrong links.
Ipad Min 2
Flash drives and Sd cards
Dell Latitude E5470
The inevitable happened and the machine became infected by a virus. This was not one of those stealthy crafty Russian creations that lie in wait so it can steal your banking details or turn your computer into part of a herd.
This was a conspicuous virus that corrupted all Office Documents and appended the words “PianoManCorrupt” to every infected file’s name. Now her 15 page college report was ruined and this was the apocalypse-the very end of the world! Oh why was life unfair to her? I know what you are thinking: classic Narcissism meets Borderline Personality Disorder.
Anyway after receiving my beloved laptop and scouring the internet for a solution which I am happy to share here with you, I was finally able to recover the document. I wish I could say it was worth the effort but my cousin is not the world’s most brightest scholar. Most importantly I was able to fix my beloved laptop and rid it of the offending virus.
- First you need to update your antivirus and perform a complete scan of your system
- I have always been contemptuous of the inbuilt Windows Defender, if this is your preferred antivirus then for the purposes of this clean up exercise you need to download Sophos Virus Removal tool, Eset Rogue Application Remover and Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool. Launch and scan using each of these tools to completely remove the malware and any leftovers from your computer.
- For any of these tools select the delete option to get rid of the malware instead of the quarantine option.
- The above steps will not bring back your files, they merely remove the software. To recovery the corrupted files download the Data Recovery Tool here. Obviously you will need to select the PianoMan fixer.
- Extract the Zip file and install the fixer.
- Click on the batch processing button and select the folder which contains the corrupted files.
- Once the process has completed open the recovered files to confirm that they have been correctly recovered. If so, type PianoMan in the Explorer search box and delete all the corrupted files.
NB I recommend putting all the office documents in their own folder and syncing them to Google Documents thus averting these types of catastrophes from happening to you. Today it might PianoMan and tomorrow it might be CryptoLocker or some other non recoverable virus.
Image Credit: DreamsTime
Source Credit: Malware Fixes
A special thanks to the guys at Viral Suppressor for providing a local fix for this virus.