Ok my girlfriend open several attachments in her hotmail email account on May 20th and placed over 73 critical objects on our computer (according to Ad-aware SE1.6). AVG Free Edition tried to remove a trojan horse from my computer the the trojan horse at that time already did it's damage. The trojan horse seemed to put the computer in a loop of some sort so every time AVG free edition would ask did I want to quaratine the trojan horse and I would click yes, it would just pop up again and again asking the same thing. So restarted my computer which it would boot normally until you get to the actual windows start page and then nothing would be displayed. None of my folders, programs or even the start menu would be displayed. Just my screen saver and the name of the computer(which is compaq). So I have no restore disk nor would the computer allowed me to go back to my restored state that I have on my virtual harddrive space allocated just for restore points, so I booted and loaded my computer with Windows 98 SE and then used an upgrade disk to Upgrade it to Windows XP Pro and then added the Service Pack 2 editions on using my SP2 disk. I was able to boot and everything seems fine except my harddrive available space says 1.86 gb remaining when my original state I had 40 GB remaining (I have an 80gb PATA harddrive). So I know that the old XP and all my other files and programs is still on the computer somewhere but how do I try to gain access to them or recover them and scan my entire harddrive to remove the trojan horse? Is there some type of recovery software where I can recover my desired files without also accessing the trojan horse or is their a program where I can completely wipe my entire harddrive and regain my entire 80 GB? I have used the windows search to try and find folders, programs and more but my computer is only recognizing the Boot sector of my harddrive. Any help guys?