Him it seems I have a nasty virus that has hidden all my programs, icons etc and I cannot access Task Manager or 'Run' command unless I start in Safe Mode.
Can you help me get rid of this virus?
start in safe mode; logon with admin, select safemode with networking.
run your antivirus scan.
download, install malwarebytes Free Scanner. After installation, click on update TAB, click check for updates to get the latest signature data base file.
Run full scan. Select all drives you have.
Also download utility unhide & run that.
Hopefully infections will be removed to allow you to function in normal mode.
In normal mode, repeat the above Scans as they may find more infections.