Desktop icons vanish

on returning to my computer, which has been left switched on, regardless of whether screensaver is enabled/disabled the desktop icons and task bar have vanished. ctl,Alt & Delete will not bring up the task manager. The only way out is to reboot the machine. Any ideas?
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  1. Have you tried right click on desktop - arrange icons and check show desktop icons.


    If the above won't work for ya :
    try Kelly's Korner page
    On that page, scroll down to line 195 and in the right-hand column, click on "Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar" to download a small .vbs file.

    Once you have it saved to the hard drive, run it according to the instructions at the top of the Kelly's Korner page.

    If your antivirus objects, ignore it. The files from Kelly's Korner are safe

    Good luck. :hello:
  2. greenfield said:
    Have you tried right click on desktop - arrange icons and check show desktop icons.


    If the above won't work for ya :
    try Kelly's Korner page
    On that page, scroll down to line 195 and in the right-hand column, click on "Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar" to download a small .vbs file.

    Once you have it saved to the hard drive, run it according to the instructions at the top of the Kelly's Korner page.

    If your antivirus objects, ignore it. The files from Kelly's Korner are safe

    Good luck. :hello:
  3. yes I have tried the first one, when everything vanishes right clicking does not bring anything up,the wallpaper is all that is shown. the computer is still working because the rest of the network can use it.
    I have tried Kelly's Corner as recommended, at first I thought this had worked but then the same happened again.The time for the icons to dissappear varies.
    Any other help would be appreciated?

    All the best Johnhirepoint
  4. Do you still have your taskbar ?

    Apply DT-TB fix. Link provided below. Disable antivirus software prior the usage of this script.

    If doesnt work we can seperate process for the explorer and desktop. Use this script

    This link also may help you!
    http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/forum/windows-xp/6371-xp-home-desktop-icons-disappear.html
  5. This is caused by a virusinfecton. The best thing to do is to format your HDD (preferrably a low-level format) and install a fresh copy of Windows. Then get yourself a proper antivirus like ESET NOD32 from www.eset.om.
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