i read the comments on how to remove this virus and everything detailed was obviously what happened.
It was either not as simple or my know how but i struggled on.
luckily i have a second half working computer that i was able to access the internet and copy items on to a memory stick.
when i ran the anti malware which i already had installed it scanned for about 25 minutes and i left all the pop ups.
when i went to action the resuilts they were hidden by a pop up which i dragged away but this turned the computer off and i had to start all over again.
move the pop ups early on.
the virus would not allow me to update the anti malware either.
i could not access system restore either
i eventually after three hours of running avg and anti malware gave up.
when i turned the computer on the next day avg caught it immediately and quarantined it.
the whole thing throws you in to total panic.
once avg quaranined it i was able to update anti malware and install rkill.
i was then able to restore the system
these appear to have sorted the problem but some shortcuts had to be re-installed and outlook had to be re-configured.
i do not think that any programmes were lost and opening hidden files gave me a lot of confidence to know that they were still there.
if somebody like me can do this i would suggest that anybody faced with these problems considers the situation calmly and reads your forums and follow the more educated comments.
Thanks one again - help is a click away
Edited by Orange Blossom, 27 April 2011 - 03:28 PM.
Moved to comments forum. ~ OB