Ok, little change of plans. I connected back to the internet. Just for grins and giggles, I ran Avast full scan again. It found ? instances of the Alureon-K virus. I was able to successfully able to delete them. It asked to do a rootkit scan upon restarting. I did that.
I tried to run a program called, "Unhide". That didn't work. Didn't "unhide" anything.
I then starting putzing around, and remembered about hiding/unhiding files. So I went into My Documents and My PIctures and found that all the files were hidden. I unhid them and !Viola! All back. I couldn't remember how to unhide files on the C Drive. Did a google search, and found it. (My Computer, Tools,. View). Checked "Unhide" or whatever it was and another !Viola! Moment... EVERY SINGLE ICON IS BACK. All programs, everything. The only thing I can see that is gone right now are the homepages in Explorer, but the bookmarks and everyhting are there.
There are a few glitches that I haven't figured out how to solve yet. One is, every time I open up something on the desktop, the icons disappear, I then have to right click the bottom toolbar and chose "show Desktop". I'm sure there's a fix for it, just haven't figured it out yet.
I'll prob. run antoher scan of Avast and maybe WMSRT again.
Essex, thanks so much for all your help! Guys like you are invaluable. I can only hope one day to be doing what you're doing. (I do a little bit, and normally can fix viruses, but this one was a nasty one, but now I have the tools to do it).
Now, if I can only get Windows Safari to stop refreshing on my Acer Laptop I'll be ok! (That's like a carpenter living in a run down shack, lol)