Reason i'm asking this is because i want to avoid this problem/virus as much as i can on my new computer that I'm currently using as i don't want to lose any files or have to put up with buying a windows xp/vista installation disc and start everything from scratch.
Anyway a couple of years ago, i was using our family computer and one day what seemed the most serious, deadly computer virus destroyed it. i do not visit dodgy websites, click popups, banners etc as i understand about the potential risks in doing so. The problem i had was one day booting up my pc and logging on to my windows, i noticed every single icon on my PC and i mean everything for every program/software/function/file had the
symbol by its name. Thought of a system restore and that had the same icon too. And yes when i tried clicking the programs, software etc the open with box came up.
So then it seemed like everything on my hard drive had been deleted and i was unable to use any function with my PC but the shutdown/restart buttons.
After being left with no option but to shutdown or restart my com, i thought it would be a good idea just to restart my PC in panic hoping that this was just some temporary bug that would fix itself on the next bootup. And then the restart got no further than the black/blue dos screens. It seemed even windows itself had been deleted. After being totally gutted and unable to start up windows xp, i had to get a neighbor to come round and reinstall his copy of xp some how.
Does anyone know what this problem was??, how i may of got it?? or the name of the virus and smart ways to avoid it?? Or have had a similar problem?? I would also like to say i had norton 2005 installed and had the latest definitions of that time and some how didn't detect any problems or viruses.
Any tips would be great