Thanks, found them in my User CP tab, was able to recover about 30 files that I didn't have on another computer.
As to the virus, unless I was willing to pay a ransom the files are lost.
I have Dell Premium Support and Warranty on my laptop and after talking with them they advised that the safest thing to do is a recovery using a USB drive hey sent me with the original installation files.
I also communicated with the IT company my former company contracted with and he said this virus is essentially not defeatable, he said that a client had the same attack and ended up paying the ransom.
When I went through the normal approach of trying to restore my computer to a previous date/time the virus had deleted all restore points and they had set up a separate password in the boot recovery program. Although I could access via admin it would have been risky to try doing that.
I have since recovered my laptop and tried to restore the files off my Seagate but for some reason a portion of the files were not backed up.
So a word to the wise, if you think you have your system backed up I would suggest checking to make sure all the important files are included.
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