Taskbar and Desktop Icons Have Disappeared! H

May 14, 2009 at 02:50:50
Specs: Windows XP
Hi there, since last night, my taskbar and desktop icons have completely disappeared. Here is a list of problems I am encountering:

1) Disappeared taskbar and desktop icons
2) Unable to right-click on the desktop
3) The desktop background is still there though
4) I have been running low on memory recently, I received a message a few days ago advising me about that.
5) Since this problem has occured, I have deleted one folder from My Documents which was about 1GB in space. This is because I read on another website that this problem could be caused by lack of space, and that the computer doesn't have enough memory to even start properly, it requires 200mb to start. Hence I deleted that big folder. However, nothing has changed.
6) I can only open programs by using the Windows Task Manager.
7) I have not downloaded any new software in the last couple of days so I don't think its anything to do with a virus or a bug.
8) I tried typing "explorer.exe" into Task Manager, but nothing happened.

If you guys need any more info, do ask.

Anyone has any idea how to solve this?


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#1
May 14, 2009 at 04:46:07
This page has alot of XP fixes
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...
Some require the download of a VBS, or Regedits file.
So, read at the top of that page--
"To use the Regedits" or "To use the VBS files"

Then go to line 195, then click item in right hand column.
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Taskbar and Icons missing:

Try this:
http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/...
(Original Message, and Response Number 1 looks like a fix?)

Also try this:
http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/...
and
http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/...
(That one is a special Posting someone made of how he fixed it.)

Another fix is un-quarintene explorer in Spydoctor.


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#2
May 15, 2009 at 13:22:36
Download Malwarebytes from http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and download the free version. Sounds like a malware infection. A customer brought in their PC last week with that problem and it ended up having an infection. Make sure you run a Thorough Scan.

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