Ran spybot , all files on windows r messed up

May 6, 2009 at 20:41:58
Specs: Windows XP
Hey everyone, I installed spybot search and destroy, a program I'm familiar with, on a friends computer, i left while the initial scan was still being performed.

the next day my friend said they finished the spybot scan, im assuming "Fix selected problems" but ill ask more specifically tomorrow.

the computer now is showing all the icons as unrecognizable (such as the icon you see when you don't have a program to run selected file) , and won't open really anything.

before reformatting her computer does anyone have any ideas if this was because of the spybot scan/fix?

I haven't tried booting it in safe mode, i will be working on it more soon, and want any ideas before I just reformat it!


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May 7, 2009 at 07:04:06
"...I haven't tried booting it in safe mode..."

... tap "F8" key @ boot-up select "safe mode" using arrow keys [press ENTER]

... once in safe mode click "no" on the "pop-up" that should guide you to system restore

... select a restore point by altering the restore calendar to a time when the pc was working fine.

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze

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May 7, 2009 at 07:16:20
Why don't you just use xp's system restore to before the spybot scan?

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.

~Mitchell Kapor ~

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May 7, 2009 at 08:23:50
Arjen109, Spybot S&D also has a Recovery option which you can use to restore what Spybot removed. As far as the icon problem right click the Desktop choose Properties, under the Settings tab change the Color Quality from 32 bit to 16 bit, click Apply/OK. Now go back and change it from 16 bit to 32 bit, click Apply/OK. This will rebuild the iconcache.db file and should correct the problem.


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May 7, 2009 at 11:29:15
Great responses thank you! I will try all of these things, and post feedback! Hopefully tonight.

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May 10, 2009 at 21:03:09
Hey all, i got it working again with a system repair instead of a full reformat. I wasn't even able to access the system restore through windows, so I just did the repair via booting by CD

all is well for now!

thanks for the responses

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