So I came home from work last night and sat down at the computer..... hit the start menu and what do I see....??? Absolutely nothing!!!
My start menu was empty, all my desktop icons gone, and going directly to them on the C drive and trying to open them yielded a dll error message that read something like this:
cannot open yadyadayada.... -5
Unable to read script something or other
dll error: 5
..... So i restored my com to two days ago and a ton of stuff popped back up but then additionally, everything appeared hidden..... like my docs, photos et cetera... had all become hidden folders at this point.... In addition to that, certain programs just still wouldn't work at all or malfunctioned, so uninstalled and reinstalled them manually.... which brings me up to now...
At this point, everything seems fine, but I dont know how this happened or if I actually amended the issue.... was this a virus? my trend micro titanium said it detected 10 web threats and stopped them which was the only abnormal thing I noticed in the protection report.... but I'm freaked out.... is this common or going to happen again?
I'm not savy about this type of thing so I just wanted to know from those far wiser then I, what they think the problem was/is and what measures they would take... thanks guys :)