Posted 23 May 2011 - 03:12 PM
I got the Windows Vista Recovery virus yesterday. I found this site and followed the removal instructions, including downloading and running Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Rkill, and UnHide. Afterwards, everything seemed to be back to normal, but only after I got a few error messages upon rebooting (such as the following which "stopped working and was closed": Windows SQM Consolidator, Microsoft Windows Search Indexer, Superfetch, & Host Process for Windows Services). I have no idea what those are, but like I said, things seemed to be back to normal after those error messages were displayed, so I thought I was good to go. THEN today, I noticed I was missing all kinds of stuff from my Start Menu. I re-added shortcuts for many of the programs I use most to my Start Menu using the "Pin to Start Menu" function, but in the process, I noticed my calculator was completely missing from my Accessories folder (I had to go the Windows System32 folder to find it). Also, Microsoft Publisher is missing from my MS Office Folder (although I can still open all my .pub files, I just can't create a shortcut like I could with excel and word), AND when I try to do a search using the "All Programs" function from my Start Menu (I have Dell Studio laptop), MOST of the folders listed are empty...it actually reads (empty) when I click on them. I have to go through "My Computer" to actually find all those program files. What in the world happened here? If you can help, I would really appreciate it!
Also, in my Program Files, I noticed there is a file folder titled "Windows Vista Recovery". Should that be there?!!? It includes an uninstall function, so maybe it's legit.
Thanks in advance for any advice you have!