Let me start off by saying, this is my first post here and if this is the wrong forum topic, I apologize and gladly move me where appropriate. Thanks.
Today I turned on my computer (Windows 7) and got greeted by an almost empty desktop. Albeit a few icons, all of my important files and some icons were missing. I believe the only ones not missing were the Skyrim shortcut, Opera shortcut & Manycam shortcut.
Obviously, I was aware something was wrong so naturally decided to do a quick system restore back to a week ago to see if that fixed it. Most shortcuts/icons reappeared (yay!) but my files were still lost.
I then decided to run some anti-virus software. I ran Malware Bytes, RogueKill & Windows Defender. Roguekill was the only program to come up with anything. I honestly never wrote it down, but it was only one processes and it got rid of it. I have run multiple scans since then and nothing is found. I also ran RKill and Adware Cleaner. Everything looks clean.
I ran Recuva in attempt to recover my files from the desktop however, I haven't seen them recovered yet and I have run 3 recoveries.
I did more research and many forums suggest that these viruses hide shortcuts and files in temp folders rather than deleting them. Unfortunately for me, I cannot locate the SMTMP files people are speaking about. To be clear: I haven't run any program that would delete my temp files since like a month ago.
At this point, I am at a loss of what to do, if there is even anything to do. I am considering taking my computer in to my specialist but I wanted to consult others first to see if this is a potentially free recovery I can do.
TL;DR; think I had a virus that deleted and/or hid icons/shortcuts & files from my desktop. Icons & shortcuts have been replaced and are fine. Files are still missing and are important. Looking to recover them.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!