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Please help! Windows shows only background on startup with no icons.

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#1 tomcruise3230


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Posted 09 September 2009 - 04:58 PM

I tried everything to see what is wrong.
1. Cannot even go to "safe mode".
2. tried typing "explorer.exe" on new task but it says "cannot be located.
3. tried new task, typed regedit, clicked ok and went to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current
Version\Image File Execution Options\
but explorer.exe is not located their.

So, I have run out of options. The problem started when I deleted my license key for kaspersky internet security 7.0 because got black listed. After that, it stop protecting my computer form viruses, spyware, etc. So when i shut down my PC after that it gave me the blank background screen with no icons, nothing.

Please help me with what I should do!

Edited by The weatherman, 09 September 2009 - 05:39 PM.
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#2 marrowshard


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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:46 PM

I've heard of having to relocate explorer.exe, but if it's missing altogether it's another story. If you've got another computer nearby running the same OS, you should be able to just copy its explorer.exe to a disk or thumbdrive and patch it into your c:\WINDOWS folder.

#3 tomcruise3230

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 04:47 AM

Well, what I can do is go to new task and run "firefox" and it goes to the internet as usual but I still cannot see any icons on the background. So, does any one know what seems to be the problem since it is not a malware, virus.

#4 SiliconChippy


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Posted 10 September 2009 - 07:03 AM

Hi Tom,

This is how I repaired my problem, if someone more senior suggests something else, feel free to go with that

I had the same problem about 6 months ago, and I know how scary it is. What I found was that a trojan was hijacking my shortcuts, and sending the original files else where. Can you please let me know if your programs should still be on the desktop, by doing the following

Control,alt,delete-->windows task manager
select file-->new task
In the box type iexplore.exe
this opens internet explorer
in the address bar type-->desktop

This should bring up all your desktop items and give you some chance to correct the problem. If you need further help finding explorer please let me know.

If you can manage to get online I highly recommend a free antivirus program AVAST! at http://www.avast.com/ which helped me with the same problem.

I hope this helps, let me know how you get on


Edited by SiliconChippy, 10 September 2009 - 07:29 AM.

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