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#1 crayz4life

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 03:06 PM

Somehow a goole search assistant something or another installed on my computer. I saw the icon on the desktop. I found the folder which was in program files and deleted everything in it. One file wouldn't delete, a .dll file, so I had HIJACK THIS remove it on reboot. Big mistake!!. Now when I boot up I have no destop only the wall paper. If I CTL ALT DEL and get to the task manager, no applications are running so I hit new task and type explorer. It opens for a second and then closes. I see the task bar flash on the bottom of the screen and then dissappear.
If I try to run Iexplorer it will not run either.
Same thing happens in SAFE mode.
I tried creating a new user, same thing. No desktop.
All my other programs will run if I browse for them in task manager and start them.
I've scanned with Ewido, S&D, Adaware everything I've got. Nothing.
Any ideas??
I have seen other posts on other sites with the same exact symptoms but no solutions.
I am running Windows XP pro.

Any help would be appreciated.

Ray

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 05:40 PM

Try an earlier restore point.

If that doesn't work try installing Windows XP over itself.

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 06:51 PM

I agree with enthusiast.......not installing xp over itself, but doing a repair install.

to do so:
insert your windows xp disk

usually by pressing f12 when you press your computer power button you can get into the boot menu and select boot from cd.

Windos xp should load up, and simply select repair install and let it do its thing.

This should fix the problem and fix any corrupted files left behind from that malware.

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 05:57 AM

giving that a go now. I'll post the results.
Thank you

Ray

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 06:12 AM

It's asking me for the administraters password but I've never setup a password for this machine.

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 10:42 AM

Just hit enter with the password left blank.

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 01:09 PM

Went through the entire repair process. Machine boots up and.....no desktop. Need some other ideas. Anyone???

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 01:57 PM

Try getting the task manager up and run "control" and see if the control panel will stay open. Then do add remove and see if you can get rid of that nasty lil piece O Software that is ailing you. If that doesn't work work it might be a good time to refresh your Pc.
-Phil

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 11:21 PM

Try right clicking anywhere on the desktop and click on "refresh".

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 05:52 AM

Can't right click on the desktop. Nothing comes up. If I browse to my desktop through task manager, it's there. I can see all my icons and run the programs, all except internet explorer and the file explorer.



Control panel won't stay open either rat.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 12:41 PM

A virus called F-Nimda can cause this.
Info here...

ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.txt

Download the fix...

ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/shellfix.reg

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 06:50 AM

I tried that. Still nothing.
Thanks for the replys.
I guess it's reformat and reload

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 07:20 AM

OK
See Line 195 right side.

Restore Desktop Icons & Taskbar
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 07:49 AM

Just gave that a go and it did not fix it.
If I run explorer from my task manager I see the task bar flash on the screen for a second then it closes. Very strange.
Thanks for your time.
Not sure what else to try.
I've backed up all my stuff and think I need to reformat and start over.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 08:05 AM

To format the c drive do I go to the cmd window and type format C:
and thats it? Or do I need any attributes




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