Search has disappeared

February 27, 2009 at 00:56:08
Specs: Windows XP
I have two problems that I think are related, largely because they happened at the same time.

First, "Search" has disappeared from the Start menu and from all context menus. Also, in WinExplore, the "Search" button does nothing.

Second, I cannot find the folder called "Local Settings" in my user folder. If I enter the path, I can get there and navigate fine. But there is no longer a click-able folder in Explore.
I did not install any updates other than virus definitions.
I installed a proxy bypass program called Hotspot but uninstalled it the same day.

Based on other posts here, these are the fixes I already tried:
regsvr32 jscript.dll, install

regsvr32 /i C:\Windows\Srchasst\srchui.dll, install

%systemroot%\inf, locate srchasst.inf and install

Are there any other fixes I should consider?


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#1
February 27, 2009 at 05:02:28
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.

This page has alot of XP fixes
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

When there, do CTRL + F, then type SEARCH, then keep clicking Find button. You will find what you want to fix, like placing Search back
on the Context Menu, there are two fixes.

Note --- read the top of that page, to see how to handle downloads.


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#2
February 27, 2009 at 06:14:02
The Local Settings is normally hidden. You need to go into Explorer, Tools, Folder Options, View, and make sure the option to show hidden files and folders is checked.

EEOC


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#3
February 27, 2009 at 20:38:10
Well, the plot has thickened!!

I went to Explorer, Tools, Folder Options and, much to my surprise, "Folder Options" is no longer there!
I immediately suspected that something had removed my administrator rights, so I went back to User Profiles.
Nope, I am still the only user and thus the only administrator.

OK, here is a list of the problems:
1. No "search" on ANY context menus
2. No "search" in Start menu
3. No "Local Settings" folder listed for any user, including myself
4. No "Folder Options" in Tools.
5. The network takes MUCH longer to identify me when I log on (I am behind a proxy on a University system).
And that is what I have found so far. I suspect other administrator rights have vanished, but I just have not found them yet.

So if I try to search for fixes, what do I search for?
Unless someone has another suggestion, I think I have only one solution -- to restore the system to a point about a month or two ago.

Your advice would be MOST welcome!!


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#4
February 28, 2009 at 04:10:42
Any Virus Problem disappeared serach option

clear all virus then see this option..........

option 1:

Click START -> RUN -> TYPE REGEDIT -> find NOFIND ->
display on right side NOFIND VALUE SET as 0 ..... You have to Change value as 1 ---> then restart your system


now working search option....


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#5
February 28, 2009 at 04:27:54
Problem solved.
nowsivanow was right. It was a virus.
Problems started increasing as I worked, so in a panic, I searched for some of the key issues. I was pointed to a program called ComboFix. I ran it and the problems are (mostly) gone.

Here's the irony. I have AVG and update it daily. I had just run a thorough scan, and it found nothing.
ComboFix, meanwhile, found around 6 files and a few directories, plus it altered a few registry keys.

Key files of malware, all on h:\windows\system32\
bad1.exe, bad2.exe, bad3.exe
msmsgs.exe
wnstssv.exe


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#6
February 28, 2009 at 04:49:54
So if I try to search for fixes, what do I search for?

At 'Kellys Korner' you would be searching for the word Search.

Also to say that most Anti-virus programs do not pick
up on Spyware that may be in your computer.
Spyware includes ----
Adware, Dialers, Browser Hijackers, Trojans, Cookies,
Key Loggers, Trackware, and other Malware while browsing the internet.

Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.


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