I'm having a problem with Windows XP and I'm wondering if anyone can help.
A few weeks ago I was infected with a nasty trojan. Two great guys in the HiJackThis forum helped me remove it, but in the end I was left with a couple of side-effects.
The one I'm most annoyed by is my loss of Autocomplete Dropdown boxes when trying to open and/or save files in any of my programs (Photoshop, AutoCad, Word, whatever...).
I think you guys know what the dropdown boxes are, but I'll explain:
first of all, I'm NOT talking about the autocomplete function in Internet Explorer. I've had that turned off for months, and having it turned off has never affected these other autocomplete functions. The dropdown boxes I'm talking about are the ones that appear when you try to open or save a file in a program you're running.
So, for example, you try to save a file in a program that you're running, but you already have a number of similarly named files on your hard-drive. When I used to save my files (before the infection), if I started to type a name into the "save as" box, the program would produce a dropdown box of autocomplete suggestions for me -- so if I had three files "SAVE1", "SAVED2", "SAVING3"... and started to save a file by typing "SA" all three names would appear in the dropdown box... If I continued to type "SAVE", the third file would disappear from the drop down box, and if I typed "SAVED" only the file "SAVED2" would appear...
For some strange reason, the dropdown box no longer appears (which is really annoying when you're trying to group file names but you have a large number of similarly saved files on your hard-drive).
While the guys in the HiJackThis forum were helping me out, I tried to google the problem and found a few sites that suggested that the registry entry for "explorer > autocomplete" might be affected... here's one description:
Control the Auto Complete Mode
This setting controls whether the automatic text completion (AutoComplete) feature of Windows explorer appends the suggested text to the words as you are typing as well as showing a drop-down list of available values.
Explorer\AutoComplete. Value Name: Append Completion, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: yes or no.
Create a new string value, or modify the existing value, named "Append Completion" and set it to "yes" to append the suggested text as you are typing or "no" to only show a drop-down list.
So I looked at the above setting (I didn't change anything) and noticed it was set as they described... Which suggests that the dropdown function should be working. I then looked at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (thinking that maybe it was over-riding CURRENT_USER) and found that there was no autocomplete key...
I also tried turning on "TOOLS>INTERNET OPTIONS>Advanced>Use Inline Auto Complete"... which did in fact turn on the autocomplete function (sort of) in the OPEN/SAVE dialog boxes in the other programs I was running, but it also turned on AutoComplete in Internet Explorer (and I don't want that turned on)...
I guess what I'm asking is, does anyone know how you get these drop-down boxes back, without having to turn on AutoComplete in Internet Explorer? I suspect something happened to the registry while we cleaned-up the malware infection, or that the infection itself may have affected this function. Or maybe it's something else altogether.
In any case, if someone could lend a hand with this, I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks a million,