Hacked by UC worm removal

I recently went through a bit of a struggle increasing the speed of my computer, and clearing out some low level threat worms that attached themselves to my Internet Explorer browser. I primarily use FireFox, so I had been in no rush to remove the harmless “solow” bug. It only did two things… it placed the text “Hacked by UC” at the end of the title bar in my IE browser, and it made it impossible to open my external drive by double clicking it on the “My Computer” screen. I could, however, still open the drive by right clicking, and choosing “Open”.

I found detailed instructions on how to fix this problem by…