Last night I was looking through websites when a window came up congratulating me or something to that effect on installing Mirar... I hadnt clicked any links or anything on any of the sites I visited except "next page" links etc (i was searching for graphics to use on myspace). I looked up info about Mirar and found that it is known to "stealth" download. It apparently brought a ton of other stuff with it.
Then my whole desktop disappeared - Icons, start button, taskbar, everything but the background image. I ran AdAware several times and it removed everything it found, but everytime I would run it it would find new things. I ran Norton AV and it found 6 diff things, and removed all but one, something called WWEXEC~1.exe that would show up in processes as WoW.exe. It couldnt delete or quarantine it. I found that after trying to search a folder through task manager/new task (and having it tell me that it couldnt find the drive/folder i was trying to search, or that it didnt exist) the desktop would return for only a few seconds at most, so after MANY tries i managed to open the control panel and go to add/remove programs, and deleted all the ones i knew werent supposed to be there, but that didnt fix it. I unchecked everything in msconfig - startup and rebooted but still no desktop. I really dont know what im doing, but ive tried everything I can think of. Ive run several different spyware/antivirus programs and they all find a ton of things and remove them, but not what was the problem i guess...
So, after hours of trying to figure it out on my own I hope someone here can help me. =(
--- Im a little frustrated so if I left anything important you need to know out, tell me! lol
Oh almost forgot... my OS is Windows XP