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'Files missing on Windows 7 computers'

Last night all my photos went missing after my McAfee program 'removed a trojan'. I was unaware that I even had a subscription to McAfee. Anyway, I uninstalled McAfee thinking it was the reason that my photos were not visible(my pictures folder appears empty, all new saved photos DO NOT appear in the folder, where they go, I don't know).

After doing some googling I found other people who've had this problem, and this McAfee document explaining the problem. Do I need to reinstall, or purchase McAfee again to get my pictures back?

I am a dead man if I don't retrieve these pictures. I have work related photos in there, my wife has a ton of family photos.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Files missing on Windows 7 computers


Affected Suites:
Total Protection 2011
Internet Security Suite 2011
AntiVirus Plus 2011

Affected Products:

Affected Operating Systems:
Windows 7

NOTE: If you are unsure what version of the McAfee Security software you have installed, please see article TS101107.


Windows 7 contains a new feature concept called the Library, which groups similar types of documents and media from several physical folders into one virtual Library.

When a new user is created, during or after the computer setup, the user’s unique Library is created with four default Libraries:
  • Documents
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Pictures
Functions in the 2011 McAfee VirusScan could cause the files inside these four default Libraries to become hidden, making it difficult to find them in the Windows Explorer after you edit and save them. The files do exist, but they have a ‘hidden’ attribute that prevents them from being displayed when Windows Explorer is using its default Folder Options settings.


McAfee will release an update to VirusScan that will change the way these file attributes are set and eliminate this issue.


Until the planned update is released, use the following procedure to work around this issue.

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, ensure that you create a backup and that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, see the following Microsoft KnowledgeBase article:

  1. Save the files listed below to your desktop:
  2. Right-click McTMP2LOG.bat and select Run as Administrator.
  3. After the script completes, double-click the M Icon.
  4. Click Navigation in the top, right corner.
  5. Select General Settings and Alerts.
  6. Open the Access Protection drawer.
  7. Select the Use Access Protection option.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Close SecurityCenter.
  10. Right-click McAttrib-H.cmd and select Run as Administrator.
  11. After the script completes, restart your computer.


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Re: 'Files missing on Windows 7 computers'

I'd like to add that the 'My Pictures' folder isn't visible at all. It says 'My Pictures(Empty)'.  Also when I save new pictures I have no idea where they're being saved to.

I went through Control Panel/Appearance and Personalization/Folder Options and changed the settings to show hidden files but my pictures have not returned to being visible.

What i'd really like to know is that my pictures are retrievable, and how to go about doing just that.

I uninstalled McAfee(I don't even think I had a subscription, I can't remember buying one with this computer).

I will re downlaod and purchase a new subscription if that's what it takes to fix this problem.

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Re: 'Files missing on Windows 7 computers'

If you had McAfee installed then it must be linked to an online account for which you which you should know the registered email address and password in order to reinstall the software.

The account page is here:

If you can't find the login details then click the 'Forgot.....' links or call Customer Service, linked under Useful Links at the top of this page.

See for some help with hidden libraries.

That McAfee FAQ is not easy to implement as those downloads don't load as they should so I suggest you call Technical Support - it's now a free phone call and linked under Useful Links at the top of this page.

But this would have to be done after you've reinstalled McAfee.

I trust that this is Windows 7 SP1 and updated?

Re: 'Files missing on Windows 7 computers'

I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit with automatic updates turned on so i'm assuming it's up to date.

I'm going to go ahead and purchase a new subscription under the assumption that this fixable(right...).

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Re: 'Files missing on Windows 7 computers'

OK, good luck.  If you right-click Computer on your desktop or in the Start menu znd select Properties...that will tell you if it is SP1.

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 13/12/11 2:41:58 EST PM