Otherwise, the problem is in the thread title. Additional details: I just got my computer professionally restored from a previous hardware issue, so I'm reasonably sure there isn't a hardware problem, and I've read about a new-ish virus with symptoms similar to mine. Whenever I start Windows normally, the first thing that happens is that I get a popup window for a System Restore, which I am fairly sure isn't actually generated by Windows. Currently I have disconnected my computer from the internet (using a different one currently) and unplugged my USB hard drive, and restarted in safe mode. I am preparing to install and run Rkill and then Malwarebytes (and install AVG, which apparently I procrastinated on just one website visit too long). I am also going to display hidden files in case the virus is only hiding my files rather than deleting them. Currently, nothing shows up at all, including programs on the Start menu (although I can still see stuff in the Program Files folder).
After I do those things I will report on my progress. But before I do, I have a question: can I run those programs in safe mode? Because I'm frankly scared to restart normally again.
Also, I just downloaded and have been using Dropbox. Could that be how I got the virus? (In combination with not having anti-virus software installed; and yes I know that was a stupid, stupid mistake.)
Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
Edited by MacFall, 08 June 2011 - 01:37 AM.