If "all the programs" were deleted, you wouldn't be able to boot the computer, let alone get on the Internet. So please explain what you mean by that. If you click Start and All Programs, can you still see your programs? If so you're juwst missing the desktop shortcuts.
My missus bought a pre-paid telstra dongal, plugged it in to our acer aspire v5 with windows 8 and it reset everything and deleted all the programs and she is now having trouble connecting to the internet. help??