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Svchost.exe problem is messing up my desktop

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May 11, 2011 3:46:52 AM

The other day I restarted my computer because my internet was really slow. When Windows 7 booted back up to the desktop, there was NOTHING THERE!! All the shortcuts were gone. No start bar or anything. My computer still runs but I have to start the Windows Task Manager to get anything to run or to find anything. I can still play my games and such but I want the desktop back to normal so I can back everything up and reinstall windows. When it boots up I get a message stating that a file is not working properly. Its a svchost exe. The other day the electricity went out for a few minutes and when it came back on and my computer restarted, all was NORMAL again. Now its messed up and will not load my desktop. Can anyone help me get it back so I can back up my files? Also, I cannot restore it to a previous date. ( I was stupid and didnt have it set to do so when I installed Win 7). I want to keep my files or at least set it to a restore point so I can back things up. Thanks in advance.

Sam
a b $ Windows 7
May 11, 2011 4:57:42 AM

svchost controls a lot of things, I would try ctrl + alt + delete -> task manager -> File New task run -> explorer.exe and see if that gets you on your feet.
May 11, 2011 6:04:06 AM

I know that some viruses masquerade as svchost.exe, so you might want to make sure you're not infected.
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May 11, 2011 8:33:55 PM

What anti virus programs can I download thats free that might help? AVG detected a few of these as viruses and claims to have fixed them but the problem still persist.
May 11, 2011 8:36:07 PM

Supermuncher85 said:
svchost controls a lot of things, I would try ctrl + alt + delete -> task manager -> File New task run -> explorer.exe and see if that gets you on your feet.



Explorer worked. Thanks for the info. Now I just gotta get it to do that at startup!! LOL
a b $ Windows 7
May 12, 2011 12:31:21 AM

Well first things first. Start backing up the data and get some virus/malware removal tools installed.
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