As to the pictures, these should be on your backup copies so no issue about that (everyone backs up or learns from events like yours.)
Grif has some scans for you at http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5098912.html?tag=posts;msg5099421
And recent malware does hide things. Read about UNHIDE.EXE from Grif after you are sure the pest is gone.
Just now I went into my pictures to see an old one and use it in a presentation. I have my pictures organized by this:
Or in words: Under pictures it is categorized by year, then again by every event that year.
In every folders just over half of my pictures are gone. In EVERY folder.
It would make sense to lose one from a folder if I accidentally moved it. But not over half from all 50 folders.
They are not in my recycling and do not come up in a search. Turning on "see hidden files" doesn't help either.
I need to know where they went and how I lost them????
-recently dowloaded Bluestacks from bluestacks.com
-run Spybot every week. It deletes "temporary files"?
-play on Armorgames, addictinggames, and clubpenguin