On Nov-26, I used P2P LimeWire to search and download certain software. After the download is complete which was in zipped file, I opened it to install, then all of a sudden everything in my Desktop (Files and Folders) were gone with the exception of "My Document" folder. I didn’t find anything is the Recycle Bin. My XP Pro got affected in the process and I ran MacAfee and caught that zipped file as "ipwins.exe" virus and got rid of it. I reloaded XP again (without formatting) and selected "Repair" option and I got my XP running again. I launched "System Restore" to previous date (the 25th of November) hoping to find my lost data. After the restore, I found couple of folders but they were empty. My questions are
1- Did I loose my data?
2- If Yes or No, is there any way to get it back?
3- I ran System Mechanic 6 Pro where there is an advanced feature to search and locate deleted files and folders, but without any luck at all, not even a single file or folder…any help?
Thanks a lot,,,