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All Programs Menu Is Suddenly Missing Most Of My Icons

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#1 AngieG


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Posted 03 September 2008 - 10:46 AM


I recently downloaded and started using Spybot. Now, whenever I update any program on my computer, it flashes up boxes asking me if I want to accept or deny a particular change. So far, I've always accepted all changes.

Yesterday, Windows did an automatic update. Before I restarted the computer, I was working on in Word, and an "accept or deny change" box flashed up. Unfortunately, I was not looking at the screen at the time, and I didn't realize that I was clicking "deny". The box disappeared just as I noticed it, so I'm not sure what it was asking. I only caught a glimpse that it was something to do with the start menu.

Well, sure enough, I must have denied something important, because now when I click "all programs" in the start menu, I'm missing most of my icons. Instead of the nearly 100 that I should have, there's only 20, seemingly random icons. The other programs still seem to be there, and can be accesses by going into the program files of my computer.

Is there any way I can get the menu back the way it was? And can I disable that pop-up system in Spybot so it doesn't happen again?

I'm running Windows XP and I have a high speed wireless connection.


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Posted 03 September 2008 - 02:21 PM

Not sure, but I think that's the Teatimer function in Spybot
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Posted 03 September 2008 - 03:22 PM

If you want to disable TeaTimer this is how you go about doing it:


* Launch Spybot S&D, go to the Mode menu and make sure "Advanced Mode" is selected.
* On the left hand side, click on Tools, then click on the Resident Icon in the list.
* Uncheck the "Resident "TeaTimer" (Protection of overall system settings) active." box.
* Click on the "System Startup" icon in the List
* Uncheck the "TeaTimer" box and "OK" any prompts.
* If Teatimer gives you a warning that changes were made, click the "Allow Change" box when prompted.
* Exit Spybot S&D when done.
* (When we are done, you can re-enable Teatimer using the same steps but this time place a check next to "Resident TeaTimer" and check the "TeaTimer" box in System Startup.]
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#4 AngieG

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 05:27 PM

Hey, thanks for the advice. I was able to deactivate Resident Teatimer from the Resident Icon list. However, there doesn't seem to be any teatimer box in the System Startup list. I wasn't given any Okay prompts, nor was I asked to allow any changes. My all programs list hasn't changed. Any ideas?

Thanks again!

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