So Micro Center called this morning: they’d finished running their anti-virus sweep, and all of my files appeared to be intact. Drove down and picked it up as soon as I hung up the phone. Well, okay, not quite; puppy needed to go out for a walk before I could leave.
Anyway, took forever because the line was insanely long (and stupid people who don’t know a freakin’ thing about computers were arguing with the techs) but I got it back. Bought a back-up drive on my way out the door while I was at it.
So, got home, plugged her in and booted her up… and she’s running just fine. Better yet, all my files are indeed intact and right where I left ’em.
All that’s missing are my desktop and Quick-Launch shortcuts, but those can be replaced easily.
Now, first thing’s first: back up all of my important files, and download some good anti-virus software.