Your post was not pointless as many others have encountered similar infections. The symptoms you describe can be indicative of a side effect
from the HDD Defrag family of rogue security programs
which changes file attributes to "hidden", making them appear invisible
so the user thinks some of their files have been deleted. Newer variants of the FakeHDD rogue delete Quick Launch and Start Menu items/folders.
Just so you know, we have removal guides to help with such infections. See this example guide
which includes removal instructions and using unhide.exe
(Step 17), a tool which will remove the "hidden" attribute on all files and attempt to restore Quick Launch and Start Menu items to their proper location.
However, since you have posted your logs in the Malware Removal Forum you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a MRT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.
Edited by quietman7, 03 October 2011 - 07:14 AM.