I had a strange occurrence on my PC the other night--I had an alert pop up that said it was a Java update. I didn't recognize the site of origin so I did not allow it to download. It would not go away, flashing in my task bar and finally it took over my PC. My spouse ended up allowing it to download in order to unlock it and then it popped up with an official looking Windows like interface saying that we had serious hard drive issues and the "advanced fix" could be purchased.... It looked like an ugly sneak attack on the computer so I performed a system restore to a point on 5/19 and it seemed to clear up the issues.
When I logged on this evening and launched IE, the same program began flashing in my task bar again, acting just as it did the other night.
I have run McAfee and Spy-bot Search and Destroy and both are saying the computer is clear, but this persists. In addition, when I go into the file explorer, I'm not seeing any of my files. I've opened programs like iTunes and played music supposedly on my hard drive but cannot see the files... I cannot system restore any further back as it says there is not another point to choose.
Any ideas what could be going on? or any suggestions for remedy? I'm about to take it to a PC repair-person but would like to save the $$ if possible....