When I started up my computer this morning, my icons were gone, the screen black, and the windows recovery box popped up, saying that my hardware was corrupted, etc. I immediately downloaded the Malwarebytes program and removed the virus. After I did so, all of my icons were still hidden and everything in my start menu was missing as well. At a loss for what to do (and not knowing about unhide.exe), I decided to try a system restore and went back to a previous version of my settings (from August 19). I did that, and with a restart everything seemed back to normal. Desktop background back, icons back, all my music and documents back.
I thought I had solved the problem until I realized that everything stored under My Documents (mainly, my pictures) were still missing. It was then that I searched around and found the unhide.exe on the internet. I ran this and my pictures were back. Though I wish I would have tried this before I did the system restore, I thought that my virus problem was solved.
Now the issue seems to be with the internet. When I began running Firefox, I noticed a considerable lag when I tried to click on my bookmarks (facebook, youtube, etc.) The internet was slow, but the pages did load. However, when I try to go to google or yahoo and search something, it takes multiple clicks for a page to load, and when it is loading, I see strange, random urls appearing on the top of the browser. It will often redirect back to the search results page. Sometimes, a box will pop up saying "Do you want to open "search"" with an option to open or save. I just click cancel. With a bit of effort, I can get to the page I was trying to get to, but it takes multiple clicks and a lot of frustration.
In addition to malwarebytes, i've downloaded avast and webroot antivirus software, but those haven't found anything either. I thought that maybe I had the google redirect virus, but it didn't seem the same... my browser doesn't redirect to a different website, it just doesn't allow the site to load without several attempts. Even so, I did run tdsskiller.. the scan came up clean. Sorry if this post is lengthly or confusing, I just wanted to explain the full background of the issue. If anyone has a suggestion it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
edit: forgot to add that I did reinstall firefox, as well as reinstalled internet explorer. The problem occurs on IE as well.
Edited by sarahd.stephens, 22 August 2011 - 11:08 PM.