I am working on a PC with Windows XP pro, it had some kind of malware than made the start menu items hidden aswell as the desktop and all programs items. I have delt with this before. From safe mode with networking i have run (in this order), R-kill, Malware Bytes, Unhide.exe, the registry fix to reassociate .exe files, Combofix.exe, Bit Defender Online scan. Malware bytes i ran a couple time to totally clean all objects. You guys had previously answered the question of how to fix all the empty folders in "All Programs". (i.e. all the folders under All Programs show as empty after one folder deep. (example: Start - all programs - microsoft office - empty) Previously i was told to go to here ((( WinXP C Drive -> Docs and Settings -> User Account -> Application Data -> Local Settings ->Application Data -> temp -> smtmp )))
This time i don't see a local settings folder under app data, i have searched for "smtmp" under the users folder and found nothing. (yes, i'm searching hidden files too) so is this a new variation of the same old malware, and are the files simply held somewhere else? how to get these back is the real question.