Last week, the dreaded Windows Recovery console malware found it's way onto my PC. First thing I noticed was the recovery icon and the transparent destop icons (which are now fixed). I spent a lot of time this week researching how to remove this, using Super Anti Spyware, Malbytes, Combo fix...Looks like the malware is gone, but here's the thing. The start up program files menu shows all programs from my C:\drive as empty folders - programs on other drive show up as normal and can be accessed. Once the Malware appeared to be gone, I did a restore point, first I went back about a week, the program files were still empty...then I went back to April 1, 2011 and they were still empty. I read that this malware somehow deletes shortcuts, but I have several programs that I cannot access (zune software, itunes etc). I tried using unhide.exe and althought it fixed the transparent desktop icons, the program file problem is not resolved. Also, my windows installer wasn't accessible (I repaired that), but when I went to reload itunes twice, to C:\drive, the program loaded, but desktop icon does not appear. When I access the program folder, there's no .EXE files. Oddly enough, when I d/l utility programs to help fix the malware problem they appear on my desktop. I run Kapersky, Iobit360 and tried using some other utility tools that I wound up uninstalling.
Any recommendations would be great!
Edited by hamluis, 23 May 2011 - 02:26 PM.
Moved from Malware Removal Logs to Am I infected.