Windows XP (updated)
1 GB DDR
AMD Turion 64 ML-32 Processor
Today I turned on my computer, the normal way, but when I did I noticed that any shortcut lost its icon that went with it. All of the shortcuts on the desktop, all of the shortcuts in the startmenu had too, and the systray losts all of its icons as well. I didn't install any programs the previous day so I am not sure exactly what could have happened. When I did manage to open firefox, all of my settings were reset, including the homepage.
All of the startmenu icons turned into that "missing icon/no assigned program" icon and they do not even open.
Not sure if this is helpful but I will add that I can't even open up programs, besides Firefox, such as system restore or AdAware.
However, the first time I did turn it on, AdAware did start, and gave me about 50 of "registry change attempts" that I had to block/allow, for the most part I blocked them for now. However, the next time I turned my computer on, it said, excuse me for not having it exact, but "Windows could not open 'AdAwareProfessional.LNK'". Same for "LaunchManager.LNK"
I read somewhere that restarting, and shutting down several times had "fixed" the problem, but not sure what that would accomplish.
Could someone possibly fill me in on what went wrong/how to fix it? Is it a virus or something?
PS: I am scanning my computer with TREND MICRO HouseCall 6.5 (online) right now...
Edited by DrKevorkian, 12 January 2008 - 11:18 AM.