Support Help to Restore Lost widget after Vir. Mobile Update

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http://androidforums.com – Virgin Mobile pushed some type of Icon and Theme update onto my Rise. After the update all of my old icons disappeared. Also gone is a control bar (widget, etc) that allowed you to quickly turn on and off WIFI, GPS, set the screen brightness, etc. I was able to restore my icons but I have no idea how to restore the control bar/widget apart from performing a factory reset on the phone. Any suggestions? Also, is there any way to prevent V.M. from pushing these updates or enhancements onto the phone? My biggest complaint was that I did not get a chance to review the download before i (General)