I turned on my old computer (Running XP) that has run fine for about 7 years today for the first time in about two weeks and immediately I had some script errors continuously popping up and even something saying something was wrong with the hard drive (which is where I suspect this problem lies). I restarted the computer and the hard drive error went away but the scripts kept popping up. In addition, when I went in to any folders on the Desktop or My Documents, My Music, etc. the files did not show up. However, the files still exist according to both the Folder Properties and when I tried to play a music file in iTunes that was located in My Music it still played. All of the files in Program Files are still there (though that may only be because of the System Restore).
So, I did my research and found that it was a rootkit causing this problem (the scripts were related to a Google redirect thing, similar to the one outlined in this thread). After trying a couple of System Restores with no success, I ran Hitman (TDSSKiller would not run), removed the rootkit, and restarted the computer. The scripts and the Google redirects are now gone thanks to Hitman, but I still cannot access my files in Explorer or even through the Command Prompt. Any ideas on what might be causing this? Should I do a Defrag or Disk Cleanup or something like that to try to correct it? I don't know if it would be related to the rootkit or not, but the computer ran just fine until today. As I said one of the missing files played in iTunes so they all must still exist.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.
Edited by tw2345, 19 April 2011 - 12:25 AM.