Remove Hidden Files and Viruses

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Thread Starter
Dec 26, 2010
My computer was starting to act weird, so I went to youtube and read information on how to remove viruses, worms, etc. Someone said to go to start, then run and type in cmb and write Q: and like a fool this is what I did. Now I have a hard drive named Q. I tried to remove it, but it says that it is hidden. What could I do to remove it. Also, how would I remove viruses from my computer if I have them? I tried to restore my computer and it does not allow me to.


Retired Trusted Advisor
Apr 11, 2009
While I don't doubt that someone here can help you, we will need a bit more information. Here's a few things that I or anyone else would definitely need to know:

A few things about your computer. For example what Operating System do you have?

A few things about your problem. I assure you there are a lot of ways in which a computer can act weird, they all have different causes, and they all have different solutions. What was happening? What error messages were you getting?

Any possibly relevant information about what you've done.
This includes what you were doing before the problem started (such as programs you installed.)
It also includes things you've tried to do to fix the problem. In particular please provide a link to the site which told you to do the Q: thing.

If the problem looks like it may be virus related it will have to be referred to the trained malware team here, since the site prohibits untrained members such as myself from offering advice in this highly complex area. Even if it isn't malware related you should get good help, but it has to be a two way process -- we cannot physically see or touch your computer.


Malware Specialist Coordinator
Aug 27, 2003
Get Microsoft security essentials. Run it, and it should get rid of it. Normally viruses try to keep your computer running smooth. Do the same thing but put C instead of Q to change it back.
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Thanks in advance for your cooperation. :)
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