While trying to solve some malware probs Thursday (prior to finding this site), I was trying to get to get to safe mode, but by accident I hit F10 instead of F8. This causes a system restore. At first I wasn't too worried as I expected to eventually see the Windows system restore screen and I had read where sometimes restoring prior to the intoduction of the malware solved the problem. However the F10 casues a system restore from the partition on the HD taking it back to Day 1 (about 1.5 years ago). Now I have a myriad of probs. Not only that but it didn't solve all the malware bugs (but it did some of them). I'm still addressing those in the corresponding malware forums.
My main prob I wish to address here is dealing with drive assignments. Whenever I access a program and try to do a "File Save As" or try to download a file from the internet and do a "Save As" the respective program freezes. It will however allow me to download and execute (install) programs directly.
I believe this has something to do (not sure tho) with the fact that prior to the system restore, my last save was to the last drive letter (O) which at that time was a partition of my secondary HD. After the restore all the drive letters are switched, and O now points to a removable drive.
In any case, I now can't save files directly from programs or save one via downloading. Even "Extract" in Winzip hangs up the same way. Also whenever I open Explorer, it take several seconds to list the drives, although it eventually displays them.
I need to solve this problem first I think, before I will be able to download some of the proggies I need to get at the malware.
I definitely would appreciate any help and/or advice that you may be able to provide. TIA.