Empty Digital Pic

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by desboy, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. desboy

    desboy TPF Noob!

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    Hey Guys,

    I have a problem, I have 100's of JPG photo and AVI videos that used to view/play ok, however something happened on Friday (all files now have a new date/time stamp, so something on my pc has edited them) while I was using it, and now all pictures are blank (even tho the file size is large enough) and playing the videos generates a corrupted error msg.

    I think I'm being hopefull by posting here as I fear my photos are no more :x

    I'll post a link to an example pic in a mo.

    Any help would be much appreciated,
    Thanks in advance,

    Des.
     
  2. desboy

    desboy TPF Noob!

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    malweth TPF Noob!

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    Bad news... I opened this file in a hex editor (it sees all of the actual bits in the file) and it's 1.5 MB of zeros.

    Essentially the file is the right size but has no actual content.

    I would suggest running a virus scanner if only your jpg files were destroyed (unless you know how it happened).
     
  4. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Sounds like a virus to me as well.
     
  5. desboy

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    Yeah, virus was my first thought, but the PC has up-to-date AV software.
    Thanks for your info anyway guys.

    Des
     
  6. EBphotography

    EBphotography TPF Junkie!

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    Just because you have AV software doesn't mean you can't get a virus. Especially if you download music, etc. from P2P networks, etc. I would count on it being a virus and do some scanning with these programs:

    Spybot Search and Destroy
    Adaware
    AVG Free

    Good luck.
     
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    And stay away from P2P servers in future if you value the contents of your hard disk -- no AV scanner has 100% detection rate for all viruses lurking on the net, especially new viruses which you might pick up before your next definition update arrives.
     

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