Can't open any program from start menu or task bar

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I can open any file from my saved files but can't open any program from start menu or taskbar
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  1. Hi :)

    Virus ?

    All the best Brett :)
  2. You may wish to going back to a previous System Restore point if you have one. It will show the date. It won't remove any documents, but it will programs.

    While you may have a virus, my advice is to do this:

    1. Use System Restore and restore a point prior to your problem

    2. then install and run Malwarebytes free version and Spybot Search and Destroy then scan your system for issues (S&D will find tracking bugs for your browsers which is normal)

    3. Re-install any programs which System Restore may have removed if installed after the restore point.

    4. If things work, create an IMAGE of your C-drive to a separate hard drive. I recommend Acronis True Image. There is a free version at Seagate and Western Digital if you have one if their drives (can be USB or internal).

    Windows 7 has an Image tool but it's not as good. I bought the full version of Acronis TI and have an automated setup now.
  3. FYI, its a good idea to periodically turn System Restore OFF then ON again if things are working. If a Restore point is too old it may be buggy itself if too many things have changed since then. I flush it every few months. This combined with my Acronis backups have led to a period of two years in which I didn't need to reinstall Windows!
  4. wengnueva56 said:
    Hello,
    I can open any file from my saved files but can't open any program from start menu or taskbar

    please provide a input about windows os,

    else i would like you to open elevated command prompt and paste the command written below.
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    press enter key and let it finish post this restart the computer. everything should be working.
    if your problem is resolved please donate $5 through paypal. on gavenn@gmail.com
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