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Startup Problems

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#1 carnivalofsorts


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Posted 31 October 2005 - 08:08 PM

Hi guys, was hoping someone might be able to help.
Every so often, when i boot up my laptop, i log on to my profile and nothing happens, ... the desktop appears along with all its contents, but the icons on the system tray dont appear, .. ya know like the volume, or active connections, or the anti-virus program.
When i drag the cursor over the taskbar or start button, i just get a large eggtimer icon. I cant click on any of the folders or shortcuts on the desktop either.
I reboot by powering off because i cant shut down, and when i reboot it may or may not log on correctly. I had to reboot 3 times this evening.

I've done the recommended scans and seems my system is both virus and spyware free.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 IsMe


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Posted 31 October 2005 - 09:40 PM

If you can get into Safe Mode, run your antivirus program AND your antispyware program. Much better to do these in Safe Mode. If the system comes up clean, get a "second" opinion by running another of each of those programs. Every system should have at least two antispyware programs.

Also check what programs are running at startup by going to Start/Run and type in msconfig. Does anything look odd with the list that comes up?

Edited by IsMe, 31 October 2005 - 09:43 PM.

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 11:45 PM

Get it to boot to the point you can get on the Internet and then run several if not all of the following web based scans - the more the better, setting them to fix what they find.

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner

Windows Security Trojanscan

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

online trojan scans here -

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