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My startup and desktop icons are gone

  • Security
  • Desktop Icons
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
March 27, 2011 7:56:39 AM

can you help me get rid of the problem

More about : startup desktop icons

a b 8 Security
March 27, 2011 8:18:27 AM

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

This is normally associated with malware so it will be adviseable to get a strong scanner and let it fix anything it finds.

Firstly, press Control Shift and Escape simultaneously and you'll bring up the Task Manager. Click the Processes tab and from the File menu, select New Process then into the box type exlorer.exe and hit Enter. That should bring the desktop back.

I suggest you then go top and download MalwareBytes. Install and update it then restart your computer into Safe Mode with Networking by tapping the Function 8 key before Windows starts to load. Click the MalwareBytes icon and then on Full Scan. When it completes click Show Results and then Remove Selected and restart the system back into Normal Mode.

If you can't get past the first stage of this - calling up Task Manager, go straight to the Safe Mode bit and download MalwareBytes.