I downloaded a "FREE" search engine keyword ranking program. I installed the program....and then all hell broke loose. The "Windows 7 Recovery" console opened up and began running it's scan and my first thought was that it would be an easy fix.....but it's not. I have since removed the program although the instructions here - "Windows 7 Recovery" Removal - did not help me at all even though I attempted several times each time making sure that I followed the instructions to the T (I'm thinking maybe a new variation?). I ended up tracking down the running processes and deleting the multiple installations of the virus and it's components using HiJackFree, although I am not sure that I got all of the registry entries.
All is fine now except for the fact that all of my "All Programs" folders are empty. I ran the "unhide" tool several times with restarts each time to no avail although it did unhide the files that were missing and all my desktop icons.....so it did a good job Here is a screenshot of the empty folders:
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It seems that all of the posts for this "Windows 7 Recovery" virus are from within the last few days and I have yet to see an actual fix for the missing "All Programs" "empty" folders. All my other files are showing and work as usual and yes, I did make sure to unhide the files and folders ;) , but still no go.
I also saw a post where the user had the same issue and simply "reverted" the "All Programs" folder to a previous version, however that isn't an option for me because it says "There are no previous versions available".
I am running:
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate
Processor - Intel® Pentium® Dual CPU E2160 @ 1.80 GHz 1.80 GHz
RAM - 2.50 GB (for some reason the system will not take 4GB's)
System - 64-bit
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Edited by selfmade64856, 26 May 2011 - 06:50 AM.