A few Hours ago I ran into some problems with my USB connection, SO I uninstalled the port from the device manager and had add hardware do an auto-detect and then rebooted. (don't think this is the problem, maybe a symptom though.)
After my reboot I didn't have a task bar, internet explorer won't run. I did a ctrl alt del to get the run prompt and tried doign explorer.exe, didn't get my task bar up though. So I tried to go to a stystem restore... no valid system restore please restart.
So I started firefox to see If I could go online that way... and I could. But my homepage and searchbar had been hijacked. So I decided this sounds alot like a virus. Tried to run Livecare... not a valid 32 bit application. Tried running my older copy of avguard... disabled. Tried to download... Malwarefix? not important, the important part is that It won't install because I'm missing valid windows installer now. I tried to install windows installer from microsoft... not a valid 32 bit application. (Oh, Did the previous in both normal and safe mode.) Finally, I Then decided to try backing files up onto a dvd... and learned that I can't copy or move files period.
I Know that an amature like myself shouldn't try and fix these problems on his own, So I haven't taken any steps beyond these to try and fix the problem. (I Do know my way around a pc, and am more than willing to take them with some guidance though.)
Summary: I Gots me a virus, no task bar, can't install many microsoft/ anti-virus programs, including windos installer. I also can't modify files beyond deleting them... no copy no move.
*Edit: Oh, I disconnected my pc from my network, and am using a backup pc to post
Edited by Masterfish, 27 July 2008 - 09:27 AM.