XPHome SP3 FF3.6.16.
The above has de-activated my C drive with the (apparently) usual side effects. ie all applications dead.
Luckily I successfully re-booted to my Q internal clone on same PC and ran Malware Bytes free and SAS to do a full scan on C.
Also used my usual Eusing registry cleaner.
None of them found anything.
Have searched application data on C for any traces as per a Google search--nothing found.
Re-booted from Q to C, but no change--all dead.
Any further help would be appreciated.
Have not yet all restore points.
No luck with that.
Found 3 Trojans and 4 Malware.
Re-booted and still the same.Got to the blue screen and then get
'XP Anti Virus 2011 Unregistred Version' that keeps scanning.
Assume this is malware due to the mis-spelling of 'unregistered' as above.
Still unable to switch on MSE and Win Firewall on the C drive.
All OK still on Q that I am on now.
More suggestions please!
Will google the XP AV.
Seem to be getting somewhere. I am now back on C drive.
I ran SAS in safe mode on C. It found a few more Malware which I quarantined and re-booted.
Now at least I am not getting the AV warnings and I have MSE and Security Centre back and all switched on.
However All I have on the desktop is a blue screen--all my shortcut icons have gone and clicking on start/ My docs, My Pictures and My Music are all empty. 'My Computer' is still functioning normally.
All Progs only shows SAS and Open Office .org
I have just been to Control Panel>Display and now have the MS XP desktop up which is only about 6x4"
Haven't tried bleeping comp as the problem now appears to be different.
Is there a way of getting the desktop back as was.
Daren't do a Restore.
Haven't done testdisk yet either.
Will await your replies to the above first.
Thanks for help so far.