Oh... I already ran AVG free antivirus and rootkit. Nothing showed up. Assuming they have this type of virus (W32 music deleter) covered, then it has to be something other than a "virus".
The last thing I did was install then uninstall a streaming media player called Veoh. That was yesterday.
Today I turn on my computer... all my music files and video files were gone. GONE. I had probably 4 gigs of music alone.
After some research I suspect:
A) malicious antipiracy code hidden in a downloadable program such as Veoh
B) antipiracy virus
C) Hard disk trouble. I used a shareware recovery program, which seemed to get about 70%-80% of my songs back, but the filenames and songs are now scrambled, sometimes starting with one song and ending with another. In other words, completely screwed.
I have Windows XP running on an AMD Athlon 3500.
Any help appreciated.