Last night I went to go play one of my favorite games, Minecraft, when I got an error that just read jibberish. I clicked "OK" and the same box came up, again, and again, and if I tried to close it, it kept coming up. Then all the boxes disappeared, and my computer froze up. All but a few of my icons disappeared, and all my task bar shortcuts disappeared. None of the Windows UI was responding. A really strange system restore came up, telling me my the indexes and clusters on my hard disk were broken. It started this fixing process I couldn't control. Then it said I had to buy the full program to fix it. I knew this was wrong, so I closed it. Then a message came up that said my hard drive was spinning to fast, so, I turned off my computer. When I turned it back on the OS wouldn't boot. I assumed the worst and went to bed.
Well I tried again in the morning, and although very slow it started up. It seemed fine, but I went on the offensive looking for a virus. I found that a lot of my settings had been cleared, Visual Studio said it had to configure its environment for first time use, weird stuff... But the biggest red flag for a virus was that whenever I browsed to a webpage via Google, it redirected me to a bunch of advertisements. I looking through the processes running, and I found MyWebSearch junk which I swiftly deleted. That seemed to fix my webpage redirection problem, but my computer is very slow. Now comes the hard disk problem:
The computer says my D drive (for extra storage) is empty... But, all the programs installed on it run fine. I tried to see if it would work using DIR in the command prompt, and when I did it, I heard this high pitched sound like those mosquito ringtones coming from my computer, and it said no files were found. I think this is because of that indexing problem, where the files are there, but the computer can't browse them? (Update: Searching the drive turns up results, and I can now only view those results, like its indexing them as I find them?) I have no idea, not sure how this hardware really works.
I was going to run chkdsk before I went to bed, because I know it is usually a long process, but is there something special I should do to fix this problem?
Never mind, the redirection problems are back. When I tried to navigate to this question, I was taken to 22.214.171.124, which was some sort of extremely crude search provider.
Ok, so the solution to the hard drive problem was using this:
attrib *. -h -s /s /d