Solved Desktop icons aremt there after virus attack

September 4, 2011 at 15:24:53
Specs: Windows XP
My computer caught a virus i was able to get rid of it after a while but it took my desktop icons and the ability to change the properties like the background picture or screensaver. I also cannot right click I have to goto the control panel to get the Display properties to appear. So i dug deep into the hard drive and found that the desktop file was completely empty just a blank canvas now I'm not sure but I think that the virus erased the text that gives the command to adjust the desktop icons and such. I tried to repair the registry with multiple softwares but none have worked they also found that a file was still infected and needed to be deleted but you have to restart the computer I tried that but the file came back. MBR: \\. \PHUSCALDRIVE0 is what keeps coming back and MBR:Alureon-I [Rtk] is the virus that i got rid of along with some other fakealert trojan virus but they're gone now. Thanks alot if you can help.

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September 4, 2011 at 21:48:40
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Joseph Williams, SWAG, I can only tell you what I'd do in your shoes. I'm not convinced you have a clean machine. Possible you have a worm/trojan rather than a virus infection?
Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Malware Bytes (Google for location) seems to be the preferred remover, but I've run into a few it couldn't handle. Superantispyware seems able to handle all comers. (Info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update any cleaner prior to running. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Once that's done try 'restore' to an earlier date to see if things come back. If not, don't despair, there're other things we can try if we have to.
Ed in Texas

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