Solved No desktop, taskbar, icons at start

April 23, 2005 at 15:19:38
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon XP 2600+ / 2.1

My computer was running slow & when I restarted it, the desktop was completely blank - no icons, taskbar, start menu etc. THe only thing on the screen was the background picture for the desktop. I tried several things and found that Cntrl Alt Del did bring up that box and I was able to hit new task and open some things on the computer. When I typed in explorer and tried opening that, the icons, desktop and everything did appear. HOwever, they all disappear and reappear (almost as if refreshing) approx every 5-10 seconds so it's very difficult to open anything. I restarted the computer in safe mode and ran virus & spyware scans and delete most everything from startup in msconfig. But when I restarted the computer, same thing happens - nothing until I open explorer, then everything refreshs constantly.

Any ideas???

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April 24, 2005 at 06:41:45

A virus called F-Nimda can cause this.

Info here...

ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.txt

Download the fix...

ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.reg
or
ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.zip

Good luck!

Krystyna [Sydney, Australia]



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April 23, 2005 at 16:40:46

too lazy to type: dunno if it works-

"Download TweakUI from the link below, install it, click Start>Run, and type in TWEAKUI now click ok, in the window that pops up, click on Pepair, now click on the down arrow in the right hand pane, make sure Rebuild Icons is selected, now click Repair Now, Click OK, then Reboot, al should be well then."

http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/c/a/fca6767b-9ed9-45a6-b352-839afb2a2679/TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe


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#2
April 23, 2005 at 16:46:31

also this:
http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8320

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#3
April 23, 2005 at 20:15:23

I finally found someone with the same problem I'm having.

My system:
400SC
Win XP Pro
Norton Internet security 05
No Virus's found
Task Bar gone as well. I re-created my user accounts and the task bar was visble again on all but mine. But after a few logins, they disappeared again.
Microsoft told me that I needed to repair and/or re-install the OS, but I don't have the CD either.
Checking properties of the Task bar shortcut I created from the control panel, the tried the "Find Target" buttom, but it only leads me to the shortcut in the control panel and I can't find the source beyond that.

Task Bars are visble in Safe Mode.

Sorry, but I can only help by stating the similarity of our problem and currently have no suggestions. I need help too.

I will advise my progress ASAP



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#4
April 24, 2005 at 06:41:45
✔ Best Answer

A virus called F-Nimda can cause this.

Info here...

ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.txt

Download the fix...

ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.reg
or
ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.zip

Good luck!

Krystyna [Sydney, Australia]


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#5
April 24, 2005 at 07:20:02

Task Bars are visble in Safe Mode.

Try this in the Safe-Mode, then restart to normal Windows
How
to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP

How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting in Windows XP

Print the articles for reference.


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#6
April 24, 2005 at 17:19:41

Well I've tried all the above suggestions and none of those have helped. Thanks for trying to help though! I've also created a new user ID and get the same problem with that one. This is so annoying! ANyhow if anyone has any more suggestions, please help!

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#7
April 25, 2005 at 00:27:39

Hi. Same problem and after staying up all night trying to figure it out.. here is what I found. Ctrl alt delete.. find the file bxomebc.exe and remove it. This will get your task bar up but the file will return upon restart. I downloaded security task manager (http://www.download.com/Security-Task-Manager/3000-2094-10361717.html) restarted my pc and opened this under new task so it could scan the above file. It came back as a security risk and it gives you the option to quarantine it. So far.. so good.. but no luck in finding out how it got there. Hope this works for you.


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#8
April 25, 2005 at 10:52:04

I was having this same problem with an XP-Pro SP2 machine. It all started at boot up this morning. Neither the user nor any other account on the computer including the administrators account had any desktop functions. Just wallpaper and mouse curser. Ctl-alr-del did not even invoke task manager. After a few hours I traced the problem to PC-Cillin Internet Security 2004. After disabling and uninstalling it the system worked fine. I was able to reinstall PC-Cillin and after all the updates it is working great. I have 4 other clones of this workstation running the same software, with the same settings, but have had just this one occurrence. It is obvious from all the research I did on line that there can be many cause’s for this behavior. I hope this is of help to some one out there.

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#9
April 25, 2005 at 11:09:12

Well I checked for updates to exporer & downloaded some...got the icons, taksbar & start menu back, but everything was incredibly slow and freezing up - couldn't really do anything. Finally made it online & downloaded the security task manager & ran that (quarantined a couple files that were starting at startup that were marked as risks(in Sherrie's response above - though I did not have the file she mentioned) and everything seems OK so far. (BUT I haven't rebooted my computer yet either...lol...I'm afraid to)

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#10
May 6, 2005 at 09:09:37

I have had the same problem for several days (nights) on my home pc an HP 810 running Windows xp home. I was wondering if the fixes finally worked for tweeteina. The system recovery I tried last night worked for 2 boots and then the problem was back.


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#11
May 31, 2005 at 13:55:24

Hey all...follow Krystyna's solution steps.
I had the same problem and the ftp download did the trick.

ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.txt

Download the fix...

ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.reg

Thanks
Krystyna


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