First post (after introducing myself, of course) here, my challenge today : try to explain what's going on and what I've done!!!
My OS is XP home sp2
During my weekly Avira scan routine, UFO.exe popped up on the radar, but avira did not remove it or anything...
Soooo, I downloaded zhp to diagnose more precisely the problem and see what I could do. The problem is I got sidetracked somehow and decided to clean my PC. My bad!
I used jv16 powertools 2009 to clean up the registry, optimized a thing or two for windows
Then used cccleaner and VOILA: the UFO.exe file was gone, my PC working like a charm!
So while I was at it, I went and defragged my drives and was a very happy camper...
This morning, wake up call to reality:
-UFO.exe is still on the computer
*my start button has disappeared from the taskbar (though I can still acces execute thx to task manager)
*I can only reduce window size or close them, they will not appear minimized in the task bar
Restore is impossible at this stage, I get the message: restore will not protect your computer, reboot your computer and start restore again.
*No Ctrl+C or +V works
-None of the console windows describing events open, I'm stuck with the warning type, but no other info
In fact, it's as if I had lost administration rights, although I'm on the administrator account!
However, the relatively good news is that in safe boot mode, the *problems disappear, but not the others!
I have tried to
-backup all the changes done yesterday with Jv16, but to no avail...
-boot in all different modes, no dice
-scan the PC again with avira, UFO still there, but it's location is unknown.
I've just created a backup of my C:\ drive with cobian backup 9
and would like
-to get rid of the @#* UFO file
-get my OS back to working condition
-to avoid reformatting my disks if at all possible...
-to avoid having to hang myself out of despair with an LPTCOM cable!
-to have an idea of where/what my mistake(s) were and understand....
If any of you could help me, I'd sure be grateful...