A virus attack makes a .PST file corrupt and has the capability of making the MS Outlook behave strangely. In many situations, the MS Outlook automatically sends randomly-generated messages to other users without any notification. There have been several cases where users have witnessed issues like : Windows registries getting edited together with adding, editing and hiding the files or Microsoft Word documents (sent as attachments) getting damaged.
The viruses which usually attack a .PST file are given below:
· .I Love You
· .Stages Virus
· .Worm Explore Zip
· .Melissa and more
While, all the above viruses have different impacts on your Microsoft Outlook, they generally lead to .PST file data corruption. To prevent a virus attack from targeting a .PST file, an Outlook user should use a more powerful and advanced anti-virus program to scan and fix the infected files from your .PST. Make sure you have a backup of your data as these programs deleted the infected files.
Recovering data from .PST files
An Outlook user can follow the below-mentioned pst recovery steps in order to extract the data: 1. If you can open the infected .PST file, create a new Outlook profile. Try to import data from a old .PST file to a new one.
2. To extract data from an inaccessible .PST file, you can use a third-party outlook pst repair utility. These pst file repair tools employ improved scanning algorithms on the damaged .PST file and extract the data efficiently.
Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is a reliable tool which repairs a corrupt .PST file and extracts the data in a new .PST file. The outlook pst repair software supports MS Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000 and recovers emails, notes, contacts, calendars, tasks etc in three simple and quick steps.