Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:05 PM
My computer just recently (the past 3 days or so) started having a persistent issue. When I log on to my Windows profile, it lingers a very long time on the "loading your settings" screen, and when Windows does load, the start bar and icons are not visible for several (4-5) minutes and sometimes do not load at all.
I've run full scans with both MBAM and Microsoft Security Essentials and neither found anything. This happened once about a week and a half ago, but only began doing it on every startup a few days ago. I recently uninstalled Avira and replaced it with MSE. The computer was not hooked up to the internet during that process and I have not made any other system changes. Beyond the odd startup behavior, I'm having no problems whatsoever, and I can run programs from task manager even while icons and taskbar are not showing. According to task manager, explorer.exe is running. Using the new task button to run it again doesn't do anything, nor does ending the process.
My computer runs XP Professional service pack 3.