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I have a Windows 2003 SBS Server.  Day before yesterday the size of my C drive went from 25GB down to 700mb and today it's back up to 20GB.  

Here is the problem.

I have a shared drive that all users save their files to and named the drive P drive.  \\servername\companyfiles

This morning about 95% of the files from this share looks to be missing.  There were about 200 folders in there and now only a few are left.  

Here is the thing.  When I go into the Address bar and type in \\servername\companyfiles\name of missing file  I'm able to see everything.   Looks like the server still has all the files there and they aren't really missing they just aren't showing up in the window.

I've checked the box for "show hidden files and folders" and that didn't do anything.

I tried to do a copy and paste from a backup and paste it to \\servername\companyfiles and it asks if I want to overwrite the file, however I can't see the files/ folders I'm trying to restore.  So it looks like they are still sitting there just invisible for some reason.

Please help.  Loosing my mind trying to figure this out.
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by:jungliss28
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Update:

Suddenly all the files showed up but now every folder and file is a .exe file and all the files say they are 208 KB in size and says the type of file is application.

Is this a virus?
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by:cpmcomputers
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Yes Files are hidden by trojan on a network pc


see question no 27989860
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by:cpmcomputers
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Ok You need to get the offending PC off the network first
before cleaning the server and running the attrib command
Otherwise it just reinfects

Good Luck - it did work for me
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by:jungliss28
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Right on!!  Found the solution to my problem quickly and accurately.  Thank you much!!
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by:cpmcomputers
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Glad to help - First saw this a few weeks ago

Thought my client had lost all their data - brown trousers moment for sure :-)

(Don't forget to ensure you have adequate updated backups)
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by:jungliss28
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Just found the virus the network.   Just happened to be the new guy in the office who infected everyone.  When I saw everything gone it was most definitely a brown trouser moment for sure.  LOL
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by:jungliss28
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I have Trend Micro Security Dashboard running on my SBS 2003 Server.  It's not able to find the virus.  

Is it safe to run either Malwarebytes, Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool or Security Essentials on this server w/o corrupting the exchange database or server itself?
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Malwarebytes is fine
I have no experience with the others do cannot comment
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I'm using the free addition of malwarebytes.  I'll give it a try.  I have a full backup just incase.
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