ALL MY .EXE FILES SIZE TURNED TO 0kb

Recently, i plugged in a flash disk which i suspect w'd have been infected with a virus or malware that caused all my executables to have a size of 0 kb. This causes windows to display a notification that THIS APPLICATION CANNOT RUN ON THIS COMPUTER .
I reinstalled windows and then i was able to download and run some basic applications on my local disk C:

Below is a screen shot illustrating the problem.

Any help before i format my partition is highly appreciated.

THANK YOU

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Hello,

As you probably know, there are two versions of applications available: 32-bit and 64-bit. Make sure to download the appropriate version for your computer's system type.

Meanwhile, we suggest to run a scan using the Windows Defender to remove any hidden virus or malware.

If the issue persists, you may need to format the D drive as the files stored on it could already be corrupted. You can check this article for guidelines, the steps can also be applied to Windows 10.

We look forward to your response.

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Question not answered yet. Can someone help me. i don't want to lose my data.

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Hi,

To know more about this issue, please answer the following question below.

  • Have you check if the file is compatible with your Windows Version?
  • Have you tried to uninstall and reinstall the file?
  • Are you logged in to your PC as an Administrator?

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Good day, today i had a friend with the same problem, she says that yesterday she was able to run her applications and today she is getting the same errors as tollfree dipho, could this be a new virus for windows??? and if there is a solution please share.

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Yes please, am sure all the executables are compatible with my X64 OS. I have so far formatted my C: and i wanted to reinstall those programs using the setups that i had previously backup on my other partition. All those setups are 0kbs though the partition is still 300gb out of 350 gb which means that they are still there but wrongly named or something else.
Iam using the Admin account and i have previously scanned with windows defender, malware byte, avg, smadav  bt no malware or virus detected.
Ofcourse, i uninstalled those third party virus scanners bt no solution so far.

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Hi,

For us to effectively assist you, can you confirm if you have backed up your files? If yes, it would be best to reformat the drive and have the files restored. If not, then it's unfortunate that if the files are already corrupted due to a malware infection, they wouldn't be saved any longer. Moving forward, we suggest to set up your OneDrive account to have your files backed up so you can restore them easily in the future if the situation needs it. You can find the details about OneDrive through this article OneDrive on your PC and you can also set up a drive for your File History so you can back up your files in there as well. Kindly click on this link File History in Windows to see the steps on how you can set up File History.

Hope this helps and if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to post back.

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Try Kaspersky or mcafee

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Had the same problem yesterday...all setup files turned to 0Kb and most applications too. Opened the file locations of all suspicious processes with task manager and deleted them. Then For every file that had 0Kb, it has some previous version available just before it was modified by the malware. I restored a few of them but because there are so many EXEs to restore one by one its unrealistic. So I did system restore and all installed applications worked while the 0Kb setup files disappeared. because I needed them I had to undo sytem restore again, and when it was done. All the files were available in their original state, not a single file lost. Guess I got lucky but someone else may have the same good fortune

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This is exactly the problem I've. However, mine wasn't a system drive. There's definitely a virus that's targeting executables. It just nullifies their sizes to 0kb. I don't think it's overwriting anything.

There's a friend who had your exact problem and i just noticed it was a viral infection. So i backed up stuff and reinstalled Windows. I gave her the laptop before i could finish installing an antivirus and other devices and software that she used; i was very busy with something else. I told her not to use it yet, but she did. She got the same virus into the thing thru a flashdrive from another friend i think. When i came to finish up, i installed some software normally at first. i used my external drive that has all my installations in it. It worked at first, but when i got to install other programs later on i noticed they were 0kb. I went back to one of the setups (VLC) that i had installed earlier successfully and noticed it too was now 0kb. I looked all over the drive and all exe files were now 0kb. 

This is definitely a virus targeting executables only. The help i need is how to undo those nullifications. I think the data is still there, as the space reported is still the sam for the total drive, just that the file is being reported as 0kb, therefore nothing and unexecutable. I tried looking for hidden files, scanned the drive with Windows drive tools in drive properties and scanned for viruses, which is reported ok. The drive has no infection coz and isn't corrupt.

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Hi Emmanuel,

Due to the age of this issue, it would be best to create a new thread for this. Doing so will avoid any confusion between your issue and that of the original poster.

Be sure to create the new thread to the following forums.

Thank you.

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