Hidden files and Drwtsn32.log

AVG AntiVirus Free Edition
C drive
Microsoft Windows XP
Hi All, 

After installing AVG free edition on Windows XP and doing the scan. I reboot my laptop and all the sudden the files that I have in my desktop and the C drive are disappear when I go to C drive I saw just a single file called (drwtsn32.log). It seems that all the files in C are hidden for some reason.

I opened (drwtsn32.log) and following comes up:


Microsoft (R) DrWtsn32By the way, I performed the following procedure but none of them work:

* Virus scans by Kaspersky 2011.

* Restore point using windows tools.

* Went to Regedit - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE – SOFTWARE – Microsoft – Windows – CurrentVersion – Explorer – Advanced – Folder – Hidden  and I check the value there.

* Run TuneUp 2008 trying to find the register error . [Br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> [!--[If !supportLineBreakNewLine]--][Br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> [!--[endif]--]

Can anybody help me with that?!

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I KNOW this might sound stupid, but I think the first thing I would do IF the thing boots up into Windows, would be to place my pointer in the middle of my desktop, right click and see if my “display properties” dialog box opens and is readable. Then I would click on “Appearance” then “Advanced Appearance” and make sure the color schemes are whatever color back ground, and a contrasting color forthe text and stuff. I mean this is a long shot, otherwise it sounds as though you are going to have to bite the bullet and start all over with a fresh install of Windows. There IS a possibility that when you downloaded AVG free, you somehow got on a hacker site. THAT happens some times.
For those who MIGHT not know AVG free is at http://www.free.avg.com, and then follow the instructions.

I DO find it interesting that DrWatson left a log when nothing else shows up. That in itself leaves out a lot of “other guesses!”

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  • Koohiisan
    I would download the latest MalwareBytes program from another PC and run it on this one. Your antivirus may not be looking for malware... http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php Make sure the first thing you do is let it update definitions after you install it. Then, make it do a full scan. It will take quite a while, but may save your system.
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  • Rakei
    I would do what Koohiisan have suggested..Malware does a good job into cleaning registry infected and a Free malware will do the Job just fine, but need to be updated just as Koohiisan mentioned... Can also post the log file that you suspected to be an infection and send it to Kaspersky or whatever your Anti-virus company is. I've tried with NOD and they seem to have their product updated and cleaned what you have suspected to be an infections.
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