Hell of a night! Just spent 4 hours getting my lap top back. Here's what I remember - an error message saying my SATA drive was damaged and the computer went blank (black screen) - restarted it with the off button becuase my task manager was disabled. Upon restart I got this big colourful interface (similar to the defrag one they do) - think the company is HDD. Anyway - went into safe mode and downloaded Malwarebytes - full scan and it caught two viruses 1. exe file and 2. Taskmanager desabler!!! Cheeky sods. Furthermore - all my icons and programs had disappeared! The damned prog put everything on hidden! Restarted laptop and it came back again - self replicating via system restore point I think and regisrty edits to screw up my screen (black screen). Nasty - real nasty! Worryingly - I could find nothing about this particular prog online so winged it - it also seemed to create an administrator account? So I have just about managed to get back - plan is to now get my data on an external hard drive and reformat my machine - becuase thanks to the prog everything was hidden - my only being to unhide everything. I took a picture of the screen - will upload it tomorrow if I get time. Very nasty thing and I am not a computer expert so it took all my knowledge (which is very basic) to kill it - but kill it I did. Not sure for how long - they usually come back don't they - well not on this machine - first thing in the morning reformat!! How is this even legal? Can they just screw with our machnes like this!!! Can't anyone track the company down and close them down. Just passing on the message - becuase like I said - I hae never seen this one before and it looked like the systemtools virus only it said "Windows Recovery" at the top and underneath "performance and stability analysis report" and recoomended defrag etc. What a bloody con! Just for a single second I nearly thought it was legit - well like I say - nothing on google about this specific threat (that I could find anyway) - and as for installing a taskbar disabler - well - I would like to locate their offices and firebomb them! Andy.