Virus aftermath, help clean

By bhwollen
Oct 22, 2011
  1. Hey guys, so I was so fortunate to get a virus the other day. :(

    I was on the computer and some fake anti-virus pops up telling me my computer is infected so, after a few swear words I calmed down to see the damage. It was worse then I expected. I couldn't open task manager. The taskbar had been switched to the windows xp "theme" the start menu was blank on both sides and when I could actually get explorer to open all my files were gone, along with all the files/icons on my desktop. I knew they were only hidden, so I didn't freak out too much.

    I made a bootable usb antivirus and the scan came up with a few results, which I then deleted. Ran the scan again and it came up clean. I booted and no fake anti virus came up.

    Searching through the internet i found how to get all my icons back and my files restored in explorer. Also how to re set up the start menu and switch the taskbar back to "icons with grouping". After doing this I found that all my files/folders were slightly transparent or "dim". I unchecked the box for hidden in the properties for all the folders in the c drive. Then my files/folders weren't dim anymore.

    Then using something I found on here somewhere I ran something called mgedit.msc. And got task manager back.

    Everything on my computer looks normal, but is there anything i should know?

    Any way of switching everything back to its defaults? Assuming the virus didn't tamper with the defaults.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,795   +343

    Welcome aboard [​IMG]

    Please, complete all steps listed here:
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    Attached logs won't be reviewed.

    Please, observe following rules:
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