Upon further inspection, my favorites folder was actually gone from my user profile in windows explorer. The other user profiles were fine. In windows explorer, I typed in the address location of my user profile's favorite folder, c:\documents and settings\username\favorites and BLAM!! the favorites folder instantly appeared in the tree. The "hidden" properties attribute had been checked and unchecking brought back all my favorites.
Malwarebytes and Windows Security Essentials both show no infection on full scans, by the way.
So my favorites are back.
But I'm still missing some desktop icons. If I try to recreate the icons that can't be seen on the desktop, or in windows explorer under ANY profile, windows balks and says the filename already exists.
Doing a windows search for the file name turns up nothing and it can't be seen anywhere in the system. But if you try to create the same shortcut on the desktop, it won't let you, as the filename already exists there.
Edited by Gburg, 22 April 2011 - 07:39 PM.