If you have accidentally deleted an encrypted folder from the WinDefender's list without decrypting it do the following for to correctly decrypt it:
- Add the folder to the list, but without decrypting it.
- Start encryption service for it.
- Delete the folder again from the list, but don't forget to decrypt it.
To decrypt files from your folder with Recover Files utility do the following:
- First, if you unsure, it is sensible to backup files from the folder;
- Next, run Recover Files utility and enter the password you had used when you encrypted the files;
- Choose the files you want to decrypt;
- Recover Files utility contains two buttons: "Encrypt step" and "Decrypt step". Use the "Encrypt step" (up to four times, +4) and the "Decrypt step" (again up to four times, -4). After each step view the content of the files (double-click in the Windows Explorer) and if it seems to contain proper content - then your files are decrypted correctly!
To restore the folders list - add these folders to the list without encrypting them (be sure don't encrypt it(!); see check mark when adding the folder) and start encrypting service for encrypted ones.
To get access to WinDefender when Windows starting up - press the Shift key while loading Windows GUI. The dialog window will appear and you'll be allowed unlock WinDefender. Enter the current password installed in WinDefender. This will switch WinDefender into unlocked mode.