Posted 30 December 2009 - 02:00 AM
Hello, I came across this forum via searching for fixes to this on Google, but could not find anything. Here is my problem:
A month ago I decided to finally upgrade Internet Explorer from 7 to 8 via the Windows Update utility. After doing so, my AOL Instant Messager (5.2, an old version) was automatically uninstalled and all related files except the intial setup file were deleted. I thought, no big deal, and reinstalled it since I still had the setup file. However, after every restart which was required from another Windows update, it would remove AIM 5.2 again, prompting me to reinstall it again. I also use the Aimutation addon for it. So, last time I decided to install it in the "C:\Program Files" folder rather than this custom folder "C:\AOL Tools" which I had it installed in previously. Since then, it has not been automatically uninstalled so it seems fixed.
However, also in the C:\AOL Tools folder I had various images, conversation logs, and saved buddy list settings stored. With each restart after an update, random images and files in the folder and its subfolders are deleted. All of the logs have been deleted. It seems like the oldest images are the only ones that have not been deleted yet.
Fortuntately I have and always had everything backed up on an external hard drive. However, it has become an annoynce that image and other files in this AOL Tools folder keep getting deleted. So, I've decided to move every file that was previously in that folder (all images and video files) out of the folder and into other folders.
However, now I fear that this potential virus will start attacking other folders such as my music or gaming data. Has anyone heard anything about a virus like this or a problem with IE 8 and/or Windows Update uninstalling/removing random files on one's computer?
Some other info:
- I live by myself and am the only user of my computer. So, it's not the result of anyone else messing with it. It's a Dell XPS and has Windows XP Media Edition.
- I've run full scans with Spybot Search & Destroy, Symantec Anti-Virus, and Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and nothing was detected.
Hope someone can help!