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Blank Desktop, can't browse files, but they are "there"


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#1 Anahera

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 12:38 AM

I am on a Vista computer that will not boot up all the way. I guess.
I get to the desktop, though it's blank. There ARE programs in the system tray, I can use programs.
I can even get on the 'net. I use the search box to start what programs I remember. Like notepad, chrome, etc.
But when I explore the drive, there's nothing there to explore. I have two files there (one of which I created tonight). BOOTSECT.BAK and (the one I created tonight) bcd_backup

When I do an AVG scan, it finds nothing, but I see it going through all the files on the disk, so I know they are still "there"

I'm using the computer now, to write this (using chrome).

I've tried cmd and from a command window, went to c:\ dir and there was the same two files there. However, I can change directories to other directories I know are there. However, dir shows me nothing. I did however get a dir listing in \windows. Shows me 17 files and 5 directories.

In computer management, Storage > Disk Management, I have the C: listed, status is Heathy (system, boot, page file, active, crash dump, primary partition)

I've put in the Vista Home Premium install disk and rebooted, went to the repair option, but says there's nothing to repair.

I'm really at a loss here, everything seems to be pointing to the fact that the OS is healthy, when obviously it is not.

Edited by hamluis, 17 July 2011 - 07:20 AM.
Moved from Vista to Am I Infected.


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Posted 17 July 2011 - 11:06 AM

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 05:01 PM

Thanks for the link! I finally figured out what happened. Some virus, trojan and or scarware crap put +h on all files and folders. I went to folder options and selected 'show all hidden files and folders' and they were there again. I hadn't gotten around to fixing the attributes though, so this lil program will be very useful! I'm not sure exactly what the culprit was, AVG cleaned off a few things, as did MBAM. Whatever it was also disabled the task manager and I had to delete an entry in the registry to fix that. Seems everything is back to normal - but watching it closely!

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:25 PM

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