explorer.exe problems

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January 2, 2009 at 05:11:25
Specs: Windows XP, 256 mb
So the other day i went to a lyric website and i contracted a virus which as soon as i realized i had it i attempted to delete it. Needless to say i think i deleted files i wasnt supposed to because Explorer.exe isnt working, so when i boot my computer normally and log in all that appears is my desktop background...no icons, no start menu, i can not right click and the task manager does not appear...now when i boot in safe mode i am able to use the task manager but still no start menu or icons

Now explorer.exe shows up in the C:\Windows directory and when i click on it, it says "Windows cannot find C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."

How can i repair this? ...i dont have my XP disc!


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January 2, 2009 at 05:18:07
Do a system restore to a day before you think you got the virus. System restore is found in c:\windows\system\restore\rstrui.exe (assuming C is your disk drive). i hope that helped

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January 2, 2009 at 09:34:15
k so I tried the system restore, and restored it to a few
days before it went down. After completion it rebooted and
I signed in regularly and the fist thing that popped up was
my Avira AntiVirus and it started scanning my c:\ then
System restore popped up and said "Restoration
Incomplete.....your computer cannot be restored....no
changes have been made to your computer" so still no
start menu or icons, can't right click and control + Alt +
delete doesn't work. Anymore suggestions?....is there a
way to get the explorer.exe file from another computer and
transfer it via a USB or something like that?

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January 2, 2009 at 11:57:15
Normally you would have more than one example of Explorer.exe on your HD. Have you searched for copies? I have three, except the one in the Windows folder.
Just copy one there of them into the desired folder, and you should be fine.


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January 2, 2009 at 12:39:59
Oh wow that worked...you may have just saved my life

K how would you recommend getting rid of the

Currently I'm using:
-Malwarebytes' anti-malware
-Avast! Antivirus - which I used to do a boot time scan and
that's when I had problems
-Avira antivir
-spybot search and destroy
-hijack this
And C cleaner

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