I noticed 2 days ago that the profile picture on the login screen was missing, I honestly didn't think much of it.
Last night I went to open a jpg that was on my desktop and received an error that stated:
"windows photo viewer can't open this picture because the file appears to be damaged or corrupted or too large"
I checked a few other pictures with various extensions (bmps,pngs) and they ALL give me the same error.
I tried opening the pictures with gimp and paint, no good. I even sent a jpg to my gmail to test if it was some really odd and random issue with my system. Gmail just gives me a red x when I go to view the attached picture.
I find it very hard to beleive that every single picture on my system has magically been corrupted over night.
I've tried researching this issue on my own and to be honest, I'm just not really getting anywhere.
I havn't yet scanned it for an infection, though I'm not having trouble opening any other file type and I am not getting a broken file association error, so a virus didn't seem like the cause of the issue. THough when I get home, I will scan the system.
Als the files vary by size, some are tiny, 60kbs, others are around 1mb. These photos all worked as of last week also, these aren't *new* pictures.
Move the images to another machine and see if they open. If they do, then you know your machine has a problem. If they don't then the images are most likely corrupted, in which case there might not be a way to retrieve the info in them.