My laptop is a Dell Inspiron mini 10. In the bottom corner, where it has the volume, internet, and other apps' icons, it used to have a computer monitor image and a set of four bars, like the signal icon on a cell phone. The bars were gone. That was what I used to connect to the internet all the time, since the computer monitor icon never really worked. So to try fixing the issue, I right-clicked on the computer monitor icon, and clicked repair. It then decided to disable the icon, and removed it from the corner. I went to the Networks section of the Control Panel to re-enable it, and it said "Connection Failed!" and closed.
I'm too afraid to restart the computer, because if I do, I might lose everything on my laptop. It happened before to an older laptop I used to have. It had a virus, I removed it, and it was fine, until I tried restarting it. I have too many important documents and files on my laptop now, that I can't risk losing. I always have a USB stick plugged in to back up files and things as I save them, so I don't have to worry about losing too much anymore. But it's nearly full, and when I tried plugging in another USB stick, it wouldn't acknowledge that it's there.
My main concern is that I'll lose everything. I can always buy a new laptop to put everything on, but if I can't back it up... I don't know what to do. The laptop isn't old; it's only about a year or so. I think this is the first time it's had a virus. It hasn't had any before, as far as I'm aware.
I need help ASAP. If anyone knows what's wrong, or what I can do, please write back as soon as you can. Please and thank you!
Edited by hamluis, 30 October 2011 - 03:08 PM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected.