Strange one here. I recently worked on a computer that was quite infested with malware. After getting everything cleaned up, there are two outstanding issues I hadn't seen before. First, the C: drive doesn't show up at all when I open My Computer. Second, when I open Explorer the C: drive is listed underneath the removable devices. This isn't a terrible thing, but I'm wondering what setting(s) might need to be changed to have the C: drive show up in My Computer again.
If you are working with Windows Vista Click start, and then where it says start search, type in "Computer Management" and press enter. Then look for where it says Disk Management and you can play around with the letters from there.
Hope this helps some (P.S Ive been using Vista for a long time so my experience of XP is slowly fading away.)
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Try pressing (and holding) F8 as you boot your system, and then choose "Safe Mode" from the menu that comes up. If your system successfully boots, then you have one (or more) of the following issues:
- Bad graphics driver.
- Malware infestation.
- Damaged user account.
If it does NOT boot into Safe Mode, then you have a damaged Windows Install, itself. THis can happen for several reasons, but the most likely are:
- Malware infestation.
- Hard drive malfunction.
When a program "stops working" over and over its because it has become corrupted. A common cause for this is malware(or the removal of malware) If you know what QGREP utility is I would suggest reinstalling it. If you do not or you find online that it is some type of malware I would suggest using a freeware anti-malware program such as Spybot search and destroy to clear out your existing infestation. This may fix the issue either way.
Virus removal can be quite tough depending on which virus it is and how well it's established.
Disconnect your computer from the internet, power it up and keep pressing F8. It will show a black screen with white writing, select Start your computer in "Safe Mode" lots of white writing will come up on the screen, this is normal. It will eventually start up, but will look odd. This is also normal. In Safe Mode windows only starts programs needed to run the computer at is minimal amount. You will now be able to open up your anti virus and scan for viruses.
After, shut your computer down and start it up normally, run a scan again to make sure. then download Malware Bytes, install that and scan again.
If this doesn't work you may need to take it to a computer repair shop.
It is most possibble that your computer is infested with a virus. You can try to search for malwares with a good anti virus but if the registry is infested then it will be bettter to have the OS reinstalled and before the drivers are installed please install a good antivirus with a daily update.
This must get yourr system faster. Please dont forget to clean all temp files, cookies and defragment to see if there is any improvementt before yo reinstall.
The BEST solution is to reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows and your applications.
The easiest would be to run an anti-virus & malware program. AVG is a decent free anti-virus scanner. Programs like MalwareBytes Anti-Malware & Spybot are decent at trying to remove malware/rootkit infestations.
However, the simplest and most effective solution is to start over from a clean slate.
Hi there. It sounds like you have a virus on your machine, apart from not being able to view hidden files and folders is there anything else thats going wrong with the PC at all? for example on start-up do you get any strange error messages or has the recycle bin name been changed?
I have seen a recent malware (short for malicious software) program that disables the cd-roms and prevents access to the c: drive by making registry changes. Go to download.com and download Malwarebytes and run it. It helped me get rid of this problem. This particular malware was pretty nasty as it prevented me from accessing the drives (no access through My Computer, Windows key + E (Windows Explorer) and access to it from the start menu was removed, and no USB drives either! I had admin rights and was still denied. The only way I could beat it was to boot into safemode with networking and download Malwarebytes. Try this first. Since you are using Peer to Peer software (Limewire) sharing you are a ripe target for viruses and malware.