I am running windows xp service pack 3 and I recently downloaded an active x plugin which when enabled let a whole load of unwanted spyware an malware into my system
I used CA antivirus and antispyware to get rid of what I could, although i am still left with "VIRUS ALERT!" next to my clock on the task bar, and a lot of my shortcuts are missing including my hard drive icons in My Computer, making it rather annoying to access my hard drives. There are also icons missing from my start menu e.g. control panel. I don't have the run command in my start menu, even in safe mde. The c: drive is not visible either. It sems like it really has blocke dme out from doing anything. I can't connect to theweb either. Anything I do has to come from my USB drive. It keeps coming up with Antivirus XP 2008 and Reg Cure. It also says that antivirus found 1609 viruses on my computer. When all this malware was getting into my system I stopped the process midway through. It did want $118 for antivirus removal tool and all sorts of virus scare tactics. Any suggestions as to where to start?