Hello. i have read a few posts similiar to my problem, but none were exactly the same, so i am posting on my own topic. i run windows XP pro. I was infected with spyware last week. I used Ad Aware pro, spybot, AVG, CleanUp! and CounterSpy
in safe mode to delete it. It worked, except i still had the annoying "Webbuyingassistant
" that spybot would find and couldnt get rid of. i tried everything. Finally I ended up downloading: Combo Fix, CCleaner, superantispywarepro, and vundo
cleaner or something. I ran those along with the others I already had on my system and it took care of the horrible pop up menace just fine. But that was the start of the problem. in using so many "cleaners" i do not know which one of them messed me up, but one of them did. Now windows boots normaly, i can see the background picture, click toolbar icons, go intro the start menu just like normal..... only there are NO DESKTOP FOLDERS OR ICONS
. just the background. i cannot move a folder to the desktop, if I save something to the desktop it saves there but I cannot see it, (i have to browse folders to go find it) and I cannot right click the desktop. now i know the folders are still there and are not deleted, because if i "cntrl + alt + del" and go to "file/ new task" i can go and browse the desktop and all my stuff is there, and I can run it fine. I can run the internet fine. I can push the "windows key" +E and bring up the folder fine. Or "windows" + R to bring up Run. Nothing is broken at all except the missing desktop.
-Now if i click the "show desktop icon" in the toolbar i get an error saying "Restrictions" this operation has been cancelled do to restrictions in effect on this computer. See you administrator..... What the heck does that mean?
- I also ran all my spy checking stuff again to make sure I wasnt hit by something else. And they find nothing. So i assume i changes a directory or registry or something by accident. I am not a whiz when it comes to the internal workings of windows. But with all that deleting i bet something got trashed that shouldnt have.
-The one thing that did come up was in Spybot
... it doesnt look like spyware but i dont know. It found "HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-"numbers"...\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoDesktop!=W=0
WHAT IS THAT!?
from the "no desktop" part it looks like my villian. Do i need to replace that? is that a virus that is new? ONLY spybot found it.