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My Malwarebytes program was Hijacked!?!

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I thought I was running MBAM early yesterday morning to clear away some strange icons on my desktop (a couple with "Rebate" in the title, one called "24x7", and another I cannot remember. When the scan window opened, I clicked "Update" and then ran a full scan. Approx. 113 items were discovered among all four of my users, the the "Heuristic" stage multiplied that by about 6. (All this time I noticed a tab on the top that said "24x7" but I didn't make the connection just yet.) After the scan, I quarantined and deleted all the items, then rebooted. Upon startup, my computer would not accept my log on password, so I went into SAFE MODE and did a SYSTEM RECOVERY back to last week.  Upon reboot, I could log in, but my desktop opened devoid of any icons at all -- all short cuts to programs and data folders were gone.  When I looked in MY COMPUTER, I noticed the other 3 users were missing, and MY DOCUMENTS was empty.  I tried running Chameleon, but nothing. I tried opening my browser - nothing. I tried opening Outlook - nothing.  The only program that seemed to open and work is Opera Browser, so I can access the web (right now I'm on a laptop).


I suspect that one or more of those strange program shortcuts I saw hijacked my MBAM and ran it's own version, scanning my computer for data to destroy and perhaps package up to send off to some hacker.  Any theories about what happened?


The computer is a clone I built running Windows 7 Premium 64 bit.


What do I do now?

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