It appears I removed the virus. Task Manager shows things are running OK. I've been able to alter the hide buttons on just about every file however the program files under start/my programs are empty. The file folders appear but their file properties read 0. I can run the programs but I have to go into the Windows program file. The start/programs/accessories file is also altered. The Systems Tools only contains "explorer". As a result there's no way to get to "restore". Note: in registry editor, checkedvalue is at 1)which is where it should be... so I'm told. BTW, should default value be listed at 2? I'm using Windows XP. Do I have to live with these changes? Are the start/my programs/ shortcuts damaged permanently? Would reinstalling XP on top of what's running help or hinder? Any help is welcome.